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Visual Arts The dance series, 'Arijosebioba'

Painting and dance are both incredible arts. What happens when a painter expresses dance via her craft? Awesomeness.

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When dance is represented on canvas, the imagery is much more powerful than you are used to.

Dance on its own is an important form of art; an expression, a craft and a message channeled and conveyed in the fluid, swift, languid movement of limbs that often has a ,mesmerising effect.

The magic of dance is inexplicable, as there are no words, no language, just accompanying music and movement. Thus trying to relay it via an art medium that is also generally accepted as universally communicable as it needs no words either is no small task.

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As a matter of fact, it is almost impossible unless the artist understands the magic of dance itself first. This is what we see in this collection as Renike, a final year student of Creative Arts in UNILAG, is both a dancer and an artist.

The series, dubbed 'Arijosebioba' shows the strength and passion involved in creating certain dance styles. Arijosebiola is a Yoruba phrase that literally translates to 'one who behaves like royalty when it involves dance'. 

Renike during a dance rehearsal play

Renike during a dance rehearsal

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She says of herself "I'm a dancer. And I've always loved flexibility and grace in dance postures. Because of this, I'm a crazy fan of contemporary dance."

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Arijosebioba 1

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Arijosebioba 2


"So the series is just to appreciate contemporary dance. I used many bright colours because normally, those postures look easy but the amount of energy, balance, composure and discipline involved in achieving them is serious."

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Arijosebioba 4

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"The bright colours represent all the qualities mentioned above, including strength"

It is obvious that the paintings are inspired by contemporary dance postures and styles and the artist's love for dance and flexibility.

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