Monday, July 07, 2014

Open Door Series: UNILAG To Host 4-Day International Conference as W...

Open Door Series: UNILAG To Host 4-Day International Conference as W...: On the 13th of July, Professor Wole Soyinka will turn 80 and the University of Lagos is hosting a 4-day conference in his honour... Th...





Titled the ‘Soyinka Impulse’ and with the theme ‘Art, Humanity, Transitions and Permanence: Calibrating Soyinka @ 80’ the conference will hold from July 10th to July 14th 2014."
Prof. Biodun Jeyifo of Harvard University will present the keynote lecture entitled: “WS and the Nigerian/African Left: Clarifications and Reflections on that ‘Jacobin’ Moment'"
During the four-day conference, there will be  five plenary sessions,
each preceded by a keynote address by distinguished scholars: Professor
Niyi Osundare (Nigeria); Professor Isidore Diala (Nigeria); Professor
Motsa Zodwa (South Africa); Professor Anjali Gera Roy (India) and Dr
James Gibbs (Britain).
Also, an adaptation of Soyinka’s Trials of Brother Jero, titled'Haba Pastor Jero', sketches from Soyinka’s Blackout, Blowout and Beyond – Satirical Sketches and A Dance of the Forests, will be presented.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

St. Orberose: Wole Soyinka: A Dance of the Forests

St. Orberose: Wole Soyinka: A Dance of the Forests: My final review for the Africa Reading Challenge: You are a learned man and I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the his...

"It’s impressive that Soyinka wrote this play when he was twenty-six-years old: it’s a mature text, both in content and form; Soyinka already shows a developed sense of life full of humanity, of wisdom, of mocking compassion for the follies of people, and peppered with dark humour. May I be this wise when I’m an old man!"

St. Orberose: Wole Soyinka: A Dance of the Forests

St. Orberose: Wole Soyinka: A Dance of the Forests: My final review for the Africa Reading Challenge: You are a learned man and I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the his...

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"It’s impressive that Soyinka wrote this play when he was twenty-six-years old: it’s a mature text, both in content and form; Soyinka already shows a developed sense of life full of humanity, of wisdom, of mocking compassion for the follies of people, and peppered with dark humour. May I be this wise when I’m an old man!"

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Open Door Series: Performing Soyinka’s A Dance of the Forests: A Rit...







The approach to the play's direction, therefore, shall be constructed around the iconic space of ‘Igbale'. A Dance of the Forests is, actually, an ‘Igbale piece’, and as such would be presented within a natural grove environment. The reason, of course, owes to its nature as an act based on the return of the ancestors. This evokes a clear picture of the preparation and emergence of 'egungun', in Yoruba ritual of ancestral veneration, in and from 'Igbo Igbale'. It also invokes the idea of the African traditional festivals unfolding in their most natural settings. This ultimately suitable space of sacred activity, which will accord an inquisitive theatre director like myself, and a technically-stubborn theatre designer like Teju Kareem, the privilege to give it the deserved site specific treatment - a physically challenging and an environmentally symbolic interpretation that should remain memorable for long is what Professor Wole Soyinka has magnanimously granted us somewhere on his own portion of the earth in the wide universe. “Leave a room”, then, “for the Dead to dance”.



Open Door Series: Performing Soyinka’s A Dance of the Forests: A Rit...:                     "The choice of  A Dance of the Forests  for performance in commemoration of the writer’s 80 th  birthday annivers...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Open Door Series: Zmirage, four states celebrate Soyinka @ 80

Open Door Series: Zmirage, four states celebrate Soyinka @ 80: "the celebration symbolises a continuation of the life of an inspirational man who has fought and is still fighting for the dignity of...

 "Some of the programmes holding this year include the WS80/ICE Exhibition tour around Nigeria. Abeokuta, Osogbo, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Jos and Igbale Aiye, Republic of Benin are some of the designated places. The tour will happen in Port Harcourt from June 27 to 29, Freedom Park in Lagos from July 1 through 7, Terra Kulture, Lagos on July 9, Ibadan from July 15 to August 15, Jos on July 19 and Igbale Aiye from August 17 to September 17.

"A number of Soyinka’s plays will also be presented. ‘Alapata Apata’ directed by Tunde Awosanmi will be staged on July 9 at Akin Olugbade Centre in Abeokuta, ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’ on July 10 at the University of Lagos, ‘Lanke Omu’ on July 12 at June 12 Cultural Centre, ‘Oba Koso’ on July 12 and  ‘Madmen and Specialists’ on July 19.

"The performance of Soyinka’s political satire, ‘Dance of the Forest’, will be the icing on the cake. It will be performed on July 14 at a yet to be disclosed venue.

"80 spoken word performers including Mutabaruka from Jamaica, Javon Johnson from the US, Efe Paul Azino and Jumoke Verrisimo amongst others will feature at ‘The Soyinka Impulse and Education-Path to Freedom and the Future’ conference at Freedom Park on July 10 while the essay writing competition will hold in the morning of July 13".

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In Fond Memory of Steve Rhodes, Articles | THISDAY LIVE

In Fond Memory of Steve Rhodes, Articles | THISDAY LIVE

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This commemorative event, designed especially to celebrate his eminent contributions to the Nigerian (and African) music and artistic heritage, features an exhibition of the rich and resourceful collection of photographic recordings of his over six decades of illustrious career.


The exhibition, which will last for two weeks (till June 12), will be formally opened by the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Thursday, May 29 at the Museum Gallery of the Freedom Park, Old Colonial Prison, 1 Hospital Road (by Broad Street), Lagos.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

OPEN DOOR SERIES PROJECT WS 80 ART EXHIBITION

The WS80/ICE Exhibition of Portraits of Wole Soyinka, which two weeks ago, flagged off the Countdown to the 80th birthday anniversary celebraton of the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka,  continues at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta. The project also features a weekly workshop/mentoring for select students drawn from around Ogun State. Check www.opendoorseries.com for details of the programme of the celebration

Monday, May 12, 2014

Olu Amoda gives hard issues a soft landing

Olu Amoda gives hard issues a soft landing: Nigerian artist Olu Amoda's welding works using ound objects jointly won the top prize at the recently opened Dark'Art Biennale.



In the work that won him first place titled, "Sunflower," he plays with contrasts by giving the work a soft name, but utilising hard objects – steel nails and spoons. This is typical of the artist who delights in creating an idea and beauty out of what is considered as discarded but reusable.

Olu Amoda wins grand prize at DAK'ART 2014

The Dakar Biennale turns a fresh page:

The 2014 Dakar Art Biennale veers off its beaten part to showcase the works of artists who have never taken part in the biannual art fiesta.



Nigeria’s Olu Amoda won the Great Prize Léopold Sédar Senghor for producing the best work among selected artists. He was joint winner with Algeria’s Driss Ouadahi.
The curators for this year’s edition include Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, who is originally from Nigeria and is an artist, curator, and art historian of African Art at the Hood Museum Dartmouth College in the United States. He took charge of selecting artists from African countries south of the Sahara.

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