A Bird Dance near Saturday City: Sidi Ballo and the Art of West African Masquerade (African Expressive Cultures)
By: Patrick R. McNaughton (author)Paperback
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In 1978, Patrick McNaughton witnessed a bird dance masquerade in the small town of Dogoduman. He was so affected by this performance that its dazzling artistic power has never left him. As he revisits that very special evening in A Bird Dance near Saturday City, McNaughton carefully considers the components of the performance, its pace, the performers, and what the entire experience means for understandings of Bamana and West African aesthetics and culture. The performance of virtuoso dancer Sidi Ballo becomes McNaughton's vehicle for understanding the power of individuals in African art and the power of aesthetics as a cultural phenomenon. Topics such as what makes art effective, what makes it "good," how production is wrapped in individual virtuosity, and what individual artistry suggests about society reveal how individuals work together to create the indelible experience of outstanding performance. This exuberant and captivating book will influence views of society, culture, art, history, and their makers in West Africa for years to come.
Patrick McNaughton is Chancellor's Professor of African Art at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of Mande Blacksmiths (IUP, 1988).
ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: An Explosion of Art at DogodumanPart 1. The Bird Dance at Dogoduman1. The Performance2. How to View a Bird DancePart 2. Sidi Ballo and the Disposition of Individuals3. Sidi Ballo at Dogoduman4. A Closer Look at Sidi Ballo5. Individuals IntertwinedPart 3. From Dogoduman to an Aesthetic of Affect6. Sidi Ballo's Aesthetic Milieu7. Form Reconsidered in Mande Light8. A Mande Aesthetic Profile9. An Aesthetic of AffectPart 4. Making Meaning with a Bird10. Expanding the Beholder's Share11. An Atmosphere for Sidi Ballo's Bird DanceConclusion: Bird Masquerading Is Alive and WellNotesBibliographyIndex
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