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Title:From practice-based to practice-led research: Dapo Adelugba's work on 'Kiriji' and 'Langbodo' as inspiration
Author:Dunton, ChrisISNI
Periodical:African Performance Review (ISSN 1753-5964)
Geographic term:Nigeria
About person:Adedapo Abayomi Olorunfemi AdelugbaISNI
Abstract:This paper suggests a re-direction in critical appreciation of theatre in African studies. The route from research to practice should not be a linear one and practice itself should not be an exclusive exercise appraisal, but should be inspired by the example of Dapo Adelugba's work on 'Kiriji' (in: African Notes, 7, 1(1971/72) and 'Langbodo' (in: Nigeria Magazine, 54, 2, 1986). Adelugba retired as professor of theatre at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 2004 after forty years on the staff of the Department of Theatre Arts. The paper argues that the collaboration between researcher and practitioner should be one in which they are mutually dependent on each other. Rather than writing about productions, theatre practitioners ought to pursue Adelugba's format of producing plays in a research environment, fostering a critical space for postmodernist appreciation of these productions. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]