Sitting on a Man

2018
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 6 mins
|56 Seconds
Colour: Colour
Available Format/s: HD Digital file
Original Format: HD Video
Themes: 
  • Body
  • Dance
  • Feminism
  • Found Footage
  • Identity
  • Multi-screen and expanded
  • Performance

Traditionally, women in Igbo speaking parts of Nigeria, came together to protest the behaviour of men by sitting on or making war on them by adorning themselves with palm fronds, dancing and singing protest songs outside the man in question’s home . This practice became infamous due its prominence as a tactic in the Aba Women’s War, the 1929 all woman protest against colonial rule. Two contemporary dancers reimagine the practice, drawing on both archival research and their own experiences.

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