By Alphonse Tierou

ISBN-10: 3718653060

ISBN-13: 9783718653065

The African dancer calls for whole technical mastery and needs to admire the correct principles passed down by means of the society of the Masques de Sagesse. Alphonse Tirou is from the Ouenon humans of the Ivory Coast. His significant research is the 1st written list of this oral culture and it explains the hobbies, codes and meanings of the normal African dance. this can be very beneficial examining for all these learning or drawn to Africa, as dance is such an important a part of this continent's cultural heritage.A former pupil of the nationwide Institute of Arts at Abidjan, Alphonse Tirou has been a senior dignitary within the Kman of the Masques de Sagesse for over 20 years. he's at present educating on the Bloa Nam (Movements) dance college in Nmes, which he based in 1979 and that's nonetheless the one university all over the world to investigate African dance.

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The African dancer calls for entire technical mastery and needs to admire definitely the right principles passed down through the society of the Masques de Sagesse. Alphonse Tirou is from the Ouenon humans of the Ivory Coast. His significant research is the 1st written list of this oral culture and it explains the routine, codes and meanings of the normal African dance.

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The following Thursday, since I had not cut the grass to ground level as my father had done and since it had rained a lot during the week the grass had grown on the piece of land I had not cleared. It looked as if nothing had been done for two weeks. Faced with this embarrassing situation I began to seek a solution which would enable me to overcome the grass without having to bend down the whole time and I arrived at the conclusion that somehow it was essential to stop the grass from growing and surrounding our yard and our house.

According to the Robert dictionary, dance is “an expressive series of movements of the body executed according to a rhythm, and most often to the sound of music, and following an art, a technique or a social code which is more or less explicit”. 34 This definition, however accurate, fails to mention the two conditions essential to African vision of dance, freedom and awareness: freedom because the dancer must be free to dance or not and any dance performed under duress is not regarded as a dance by Africans.

39 40 Bamileke statuette, Cameroon. Maud and Rene Garcia Collection. African culture helps the early development of rhythm in the baby, perhaps because the baby is almost constantly carried by the mother. The baby shares in all the movements of the mother while she is pregnant and in Africa mothers-to-be dance a lot. After the child is born it is pressed against the mother’s back and experiences the daily life of the village with all its troubles and joys. Its life is cradled by the rhythms of life: walking, working and dancing.

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