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Doopleaa : The Eternal Law of African Dance - Alphonse Tierou


The Eternal Law of African Dance

Paperback Published: 14th October 1992
ISBN: 9783718653065
Number Of Pages: 108

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The African dancer requires complete technical mastery and must respect the precise rules handed down by the society of the Masques de Sagesse. Alphonse Tirou is from the Ouenon people of the Ivory Coast. His major study is the first written record of this oral tradition and it explains the movements, codes and meanings of the traditional African dance. It is extremely valuable reading for all those studying or interested in Africa, as dance is such an essential part of this continent's cultural heritage.A former student of the National Institute of Arts at Abidjan, Alphonse Tirou has been a senior dignitary in the Kman of the Masques de Sagesse for over twenty years. He is currently teaching at the Bloa Nam (Movements) dance school in Nmes, which he founded in 1979 and which is still the only school worldwide to research African dance.

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"In his book Doople, Alphonse Tierou wants to keep alive the oral teaching which young Africans are gradually losing. His experience is relevant, however, to all Western peoples as well, because the harmony between man and the world, celebrated through African dance, is a dimension they have unfortunately lost." -Nathalie Leblanc of Young Africa, April "Traditional African dance, little known in the West, has found an inspired and expert voice in Alphonse Tierou." -Andreaa-Philippe Hersin of The Seasons of Dance, September 1989

African Culture and the West Traditional African Dance
The Influence of the Natural World
The African Concept of the World Three Levels of Teaching Basic Movements
The Basic Techniques
The Dance The Talents and Culture of Traditional African Dance Innovation, Improvisation and Creativity
The Kagnioule Mountains Secondary Forms
The Plain The Forest
The Coast Beo and Gnenon Dances
The Circle in Architecture Social Life Criteria of Beauty
The Glo The Caillo
The Gla Methods of Spatial Arrangements: The Techniques
The Directions Positions Doople
The Soumple The Doople, Kagnioule and Slavery
The Kagnidjee
The Djieteba
The Doundo
The Tchinkoui
The Kouitchin
The Zepie
The Neo
The Positions of the Feet
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ISBN: 9783718653065
ISBN-10: 3718653060
Series: Doople
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 108
Published: 14th October 1992
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 24.82 x 17.2  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1