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Playing with time : art and performance in central Mali

Author: Mary Jo Arnoldi
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1995.
Series: Traditional arts of Africa.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Twice a year in the central Malian region of Segou, communities put aside daily routines to observe and participate in elaborate puppet masquerades produced by local youth associations. These performances rank among the region's most celebrated artistic events. Mary Jo Arnoldi weaves a vivid account of this vibrant West African theater tradition from the interrelated vantage points of the players, the audiences, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Arnoldi, Mary Jo.
Playing with time.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)624433954
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Jo Arnoldi
ISBN: 025330900X 9780253309006
OCLC Number: 31328703
Description: xx, 227 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Preface: Playing with Time: Art, Puppetry, and Performance --
1. A Bamana Tonko Festival, Kirango, June 1979 --
2. The Definition and History of the Segou Puppet Masquerade Theatre --
3. The Sogo bo's Expressive Forms --
4. Time, Timing, and the Performance Process --
5. Bringing the Past into the Present in Masquerade Theatre --
6. The Production of Meaning and the Play of Interpretations --
Conclusion: Kuma man nyi; Kumabaliya fana man nyi --
Masquerade List.
Series Title: Traditional arts of Africa.
Responsibility: Mary Jo Arnoldi.

Abstract:

Twice a year in the central Malian region of Segou, communities put aside daily routines to observe and participate in elaborate puppet masquerades produced by local youth associations. These performances rank among the region's most celebrated artistic events. Mary Jo Arnoldi weaves a vivid account of this vibrant West African theater 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. Generously illustrated with field photographs and incorporating materials from the author's extensive interviews with sculptors and performers, this performance-centered study foregrounds time, change, and human agency. It recognizes the theater as a dynamic arena of artistic action and a site for the production of cultural knowledge.

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