New Artforms and Interactivity-From Passive to Active: Towards a New Spacial Environment for "Folkism"
The use of folkloric form has been recommended as most adequate for use in African drama for the purpose of making the performances more popular and accessible to the majority of the audience. This has prompted Sam Ukala to theorise the concept of "Folkism". This concept, however, has not considered the visual and traditional space used in the perfomance of folktale since these plays have been performed in proscenium theatres which has further diminished audience/performer's relationship, emphasised in the concept of "folkism". To remedy this, this paper shall analyse the scenic environment of previous performances of two plays based on "folkism" written by Sam Ukala. In this analysis a multi-disciplinary approach shall be adopted. To correct this, This research proposes the use of the environmental-styled theatre space for the performances of plays based on folkism in order to create a common space for the audience and performers as a way of enhancing an interactive aesthetic and physical relationship between them.
Keywords: Folkloric Forms, Folkism, Gulf, Environmental-Styled Theatre, Performer/Audience Relationship
Dr. Eunice Uwadinma-Idemudia
Lecturer, Theatre Arts Department, College of Humanities, Redeemers University