Harnessing Traditional Body Design Idioms for Contemporary Theatre Practice: The Igbo Uli Heritage


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Theatre Arts


This project investigates uli as body design, and subsequently opens up new opportunities for re-imagining this traditional design idiom in contemporary artistic setting. The art of make-up in the theater has always been an indispensable factor in the communication of human experiences to an audience. To remain relevant, the African make-up artist must evolve practical options. Being home-grown, uli has the potential of being most suited to the African skin. This study investigates the potentials of uli as an alternative make-up material in contemporary African theater practice and fills the gap created by the noticeable dearth of relevant works in the area of make-up.