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Saturday March 16 | 15:05 - 15:35
University Theatre Building | University Theatre

The tenets of performance norms are constantly disrupted through the unusual performance practices that constantly arise based on the desire to express, persistently, suppressed ideas and fears. Paul Gilroy opines that scholarship should go beyond the "idea and ideology of the text and of textuality as a mode of communicative practice which provides a model for all other forms of cognitive exchange and social interaction". On this premise, in an empirical study, this research looks at the unfamiliar form in which the FOD gang (Footprints of David) breaks performance norms to perform ‘theatre’ using performers who can be adequately classified as street urchins, they rarely have those they call theirs.

The performers in context rarely understand what it means to perform theatre but have consistently disrupted, though peacefully, communal viewpoints of what it means to be tagged street urchins by ‘happening’ in spaces that cannot be adequately referred to as the stage,: abandoned pot-holes, muddy ponds created by poor drainage systems etc.

There is hardly a discriminatory performer/audience spatial allocation. Rather, space is shared concretely by performers and their audience. And in a unique manner the performance also shared this space with pedestrians, motorists and motorcyclists. Audience participation is constant, not by an act of instant reaction but a reflective mirroring of oneself within current predicaments even with an insight into the future. These performances employ several arts to communicate.
Samson Akapo is currently a PhD student at the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan with a penchant for the relationship and the place of dance in other fields of study and consistently engaging performers and academics on the issue of African contemporary performance an argument that rages on.
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