West Virginia University at Parkersburg
International theatre artist to present talk, two
Nanney, chair of Humanities Division, 304-424-8361.
An Ohio University theatre professor will be featured in presentations on the international dynamics of the visual and performing arts Oct. 30-31 at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Dr. Esiaba Irobi, from the OU School of Theatre, will speak on "The Influence of African Culture on Contemporary American Visual and Performing Arts (1629-2003)," at 7 p.m., Oct. 30 in WVU Parkersburg's college theatre. Following the talk, he will lead a two-hour, cross-cultural workshop at 8 p.m. on the aesthetics of ritual theatre entitled "The Spirit Does Not Descend Without Song." It will be presented in Room 2536-38.
On Oct. 31, Dr. Irobi will lead a second practical workshop, "Acting for the International Stage," in which participants will explore the similarities and differences among African, African-American and European-American acting styles.It will be held from 9-11:45 a.m. in Room 2536-2538.
All of the events are free and open to the public.
Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Irobi holds a bachelor's degree in English and drama and a master's in comparative literature from University of Nigeria in Nsukka; a master's in film and theatre from the University of Sheffield in England, and a doctorate in theatre studies from the University of Leeds in England. He has directed plays and conducted theatre workshops in various parts of the world, including Nigeria, the United States, England, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, Australia and Ireland. He is also a published playwright and poet.
His two-day residency at WVU Parkersburg is co-sponsored by the college's Humanities Speakers Series and the Social Justice Committee. Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Nancy Nanney, chair of the Humanities Division, 424-8361.
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