The discursive Theatre of Nigeria

ayo und jude 3    Toyin Akinosho Didi Cheeka 4Mudi Yahaya Prof Falaiye 3    Jelili Atiku Ahmed Yerima 1

3-channel-videoinstallation and film
Constanze Fischbeck / Daniel Kötter

Segun Adefila, Toyin Akinosho, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Jude Anogwih, Ayodele Arigbabu,Jelili Atiku, Didi Cheeka, Momo Desalu, Ndidi Dike, Ropo Ewenla, Prof. O. Falaye, Koku Kono, Emeka Ogboh, Tony Okeregbe, Charles Okereke, Lola Shoneyn, Mudi Yahaya, Prof. Ahmed Yerima

The Nigerian intelligentsia, being deprived from the National Theatre, its supposedly major representational venue, is reappropriating alternative spaces to reflect on the need for space and identity, being it national or artistic, local or global. Talking about the links between nation and identity, space and art is usually reserved for political discourse. But the discourse itself can as well become an art form, a theatrical event.

In june 2013 Constanze Fischbeck and Daniel Kötter conducted a series of nine staged conversations between artists and theoreticians in the Federal Government Press building, Lagos, Nigeria. “The discursive theatre of Nigeria” is discourse, film and theatre performance at once: „Cause we already performed.“

Stills from the film:  Ayodele Arigbabu – Jude Anogwih, Didi Cheeka – Toyin Akinosho,
Prof. Falaye – Mudi Yahaya, Prof. Ahmed Yerima – Jelili Atiku