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Title:Playing with time: art and performance in central Mali
Author:Arnoldi, Mary JoISNI
Year:1995
Pages:227
Language:English
Series:Traditional arts of Africa
City of publisher:Bloomington
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISBN:025330900X
Geographic term:Mali
Subject:puppet theatre
Abstract:Twice a year in the region of Segou, central Mali, communities put aside daily routines to observe and participate in elaborate puppet masquerades produced by local youth associations. The author describes this vibrant West African theatre tradition from the interrelated vantage points of the players, the audiences, and the artists who make the masquerades and puppets. Basing her work on current theory in anthropology, art and performance studies, she examines in depth the processes by which Malians create an affective and dramatic vehicle that expresses their individual, social and historical identities. This book, which is based on research conducted in Kirango, a community northeast of Segou city, from 1978 onwards, is divided into two parts. The first three chapters concentrate on the puppet masquerade as an artistic event and a performance process. The last two chapters shift the discussion to the production of meaning in the theatre.
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