DANCE – DRAMA

DANCE – DRAMA

Dance: Dance is a drama that adds dance movement followed by music.

Dance – Drama makes use of rhythmic body movement and mime gesture. There may also be chanting of praises, greeting and salutation.

Dance-drama is a type of dance an unfolding story is shown by the actions and movement of the actors.o

TYPES F DANCE – DRAMA

  1. Youth Drama: It may or may not involve both boys and girls. In Igbo land, there is inter-village wrestling contest, dance drama, war dance, among the youths.
  2. Occupational Drama: This may be peculiar or unique to an occupation such as fishing, hunting, farming etc.
  3. Community Drama: Community dance drama concerns every indigene of that locality, both young and old, men and women etc. examples of such are new yam festival, new moon etc.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DANCE-DRAMA AND OTHER FORMS OF DRAMA

  1. The theme is expressed in dance that non verbal activity.
  2. Most unscripted
  3. Dancing and mime are followed by music, body movement and rhythm i.e. action.
  4. Dance-drama may use a particular costume to help movement (motion) in space.

FORMS OF DRAMA

  1. The theme is expressed in dialogue that verbal activities is present.
  2. It is scripted
  3. Music is only for listening and used of ordinary body actions that are not rhythmic
  4. No particular costume is required.

SIMILARITIES BETWEEN DANCE-DRAMA AND OTHER FORMS OF DRAMA

  1. Dance-drama involves imitation/impersonation: Which means you can imitate any actor of your choice.
  2. It uses the state or theater: It must be done or perform on the stage or theatre.
  3. Dancing and mime are followed by music, body movement and rhythm

Dance-drama uses the following:

  1. Characterization: These include actors/actresses who do the actions on stage.
  2. Mood: The way the audience feel at the end of the play either sad, happy etc.
  3. Space Relationship: There must be elements of dance, song and music and body movements to take the rhythm of sound.

IMPORTANCE OF DANCE-DRAMA

  1. It is ability to initiate and hold attention
  2. It gives pleasure to the senses
  3. It helps the audience suspend all worries of existence momentarily.
  4. It appeals to the human need for things that are beautiful.
  5. Organized formations.

 

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