n African Performance Review - Dance as a signifying practice : a study of

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1753-5964


Dance has been closely associated with humans in their day-to-day activities, yet the performers of dance art in Africa are treated with disdain on account of the often non-professional status of the form. But the main reason for this attitude, this study argues, is because many people do not understand the nature of dance and how it generates meaning. The objective of this paper, therefore, is to examine the dance in relation to its mode of meaning generation. The paper clarifies issues on form and content and how the two generate meaning in dance. It recognizes the literal and non-literal modes of dance communication, using as a case of study, and ultimately submits that dance could and often does communicate through both form and content.

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