Orature

joseph roach on the dynamics of circum-atlantic performance, in which memories of the old & co-creation of the new mingle.

Adewale S. Adenle, Dancing in Congo Square, 2010.

Orature is an art of listening as well as speaking; improvisation is an art of collective memory as well as invention; repetition is an act of re-creation as well as restoration.

— Joseph Roach, Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance

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