The Girinya Dance Theatre: An Aesthetic Evaluation

Sep 28 2007

Jacob Manase Agaku, Ph.D.
Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria.

The technological revolution of the West has gradually reduced communication to a “one-button-touch” system in which people prefer to stay at home and watch television/movies than go out to a theatre to watch a live performance. This is adversely affecting the theatre performance as an immediate, dialogic process.
Against this background, how can the Tse-Mker-Tiv theatre, as a residual event, remain relevant and compete with the ever-changing society of computers, Internet, web site and democratic governance? A residual theatre is not a ‘dead’ theatre but a theatre that has lost its original values and is adopting new ones as the social environment undergoes change. The residual theatre might not be able to favourably compete in the Western scientific sense, but will still have relevance and can continue to contribute to social harmony. This social harmony can be achieved on the level of the aesthetic.

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