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dc.contributor.author Omoregie, F-K.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-28T09:42:07Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-28T09:42:07Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Omoregie, F-K. (2008) Styles and levels of acting in Zimbabwean traditional performances, Marang: Journal of Language and Learning, Vol. 18, pp. 121-136 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1816-7659
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10311/861
dc.description.abstract In this paper, I intend to support Schechner's (1988:197) argument that "to be in trance is not to be out of control", and that in trance or possession the performer does exhibit elements of acting. Schechner mentions that two processes are indentifiable in performance: the performer is either "subtracted" in a performance closely resembling the art of the shaman who acts in ecstasy or what Jerzy Grotowski calls the "holy actor", or the performer is "added to" or "doubled", according to Antonin Artaud, in the process of performing. This "doubled" actor is considered to be in trance, something Schechner likens to Constantin Stanislavski's "character actor". In defining these two phenomena and other forms of acting, my intention in this paper is to prove that the whole of Africa is a gold mine of artistic performances. I intend to prove this by analyzing the acting styles and levels in Zimbabwean traditional performances. In traditional Zimbabwean performances, acting is realized in different social functions and contexts. In the contexts of this paper, acting means to feign, to simulate, to represent, to impersonate. (E.T. Kirby 1972 3) Defining acting and instances where acting is realized. Secondly, I will show how Zimbabwean societies use these define/identified qualities in different contexts. Thirdly, I will judge the levels of acting regarding their seriousness, commitment and functions. To achieve these aims, I will analyze four categories of performances, storytelling, childrens's make-believe, rituals and ceremonies. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Botswana, Department of English, http://www.ub.bw en_US
dc.subject Acting en_US
dc.subject Drama en_US
dc.subject Performance en_US
dc.subject Possession en_US
dc.subject Trance en_US
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_US
dc.title Styles and levels of acting in Zimbabwean traditional performances en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US


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