From "Folkism" to Performance: A Scenic Strategy for Audience Integration

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The performances of plays based on ‘Folkism’ are not assessable to the general audience due to the kind of staging techniques/delineated spaces used for the performances of these plays. Instead of attaining total audience integration, the audience is alienated and estranged because of a natural gulf that exists in the proscenium theater. This gulf completely prevents a complete rapport between the audience and the actors contrary to the level of response required for performances of plays based on ‘Folkism’. To remedy this, an environmental styled performance space has been proposed to facilitate a natural communication process between actors –audience and audience -actors.


Keywords: 'Folkism', Performance Space, Environmental Theatre
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Eunice Uwadinma-Idemudia

Lecturer, Theatre Arts 
College of Humanities, Redeemers University

Mowe, Ogun, Nigeria

A Lecturer in the department of Theatre Arts, Redemmer's University.Currently a Doctorial student University of Ibadan. Hold a Masters of Arts Degree Theatre Arts University of Ibadan Oyo State Nigeria. A Bachelors of Arts Degree from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma Edo State, Nigeria. My area of interst includes African Scenography. Have done researches in the area of African Performance Space, Psychology of Space in Performance. I am currently researching on Space as an Illusionary Conception in Performance. Have practical and intellectual works to my credit

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