Addressing National Security through Contemporary Dance and Motif Conception
Arnold Udokaís ďBlack SkiesĒ as Paradigm
Dance is a product of expression. When humans move in a¬†formalized and ordered pattern in time and space and with rhythm¬†to express an idea or tell a story, dance is said to have taken place.¬†This goes to say that dance is a vehicle of communication. In every¬†movement, there is an expression of idea. The choreographer plays¬†on motifs which are subsequently transformed into movements. The¬†Contemporary dance has been a style of dance that has bestowed¬†on the choreographer the freedom of expression via movement and¬†patterns, which was explored by Udoka in Black Skies. Udoka¬†clearly highlighted, with dexterity, the vast vocabularies that could¬†be used in addressing the pertinent issues in the Nigerian State¬†especially as they relate to national security through the motifs of¬†violence, religious intolerance and insecurity. This study therefore¬†analyzes the form and content of the dance production and its¬†relevance to the society especially this time the national security of¬†the country is threatened through the Boko Haram insurgence,
ethnic rivalry and religious intolerance. The study concludes that¬†dance through movement is capable of addressing issues of¬†concern. Finally the study recommends that proper training and¬†education should be given to dancers and choreographers for this¬†task.