“NYAM CHIEM” RECONSTRUCTING AND PERFORMING NIGHTMARE: A DANCE RESEARCH IN PERFORMANCE OF SLEEP PARALYSIS.
Emoghene, Sinclair Ogaga
Bradley, Karen K
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This paper is a documentation of a practice-based dance work of the creative process, research and performance presentation of the piece “Nyam chiem.” This thesis examines the phenomenon of sleep paralysis through a personal reflexive research. The work challenges the notion that sleep paralysis is evil, revealing the phenomenon as a part of the human experience. The research is in two parts, practical and theory. The practical component includes; dance rehearsals, and staging of the piece as presentation. The theoretical component includes the documentation of the work in a written format capturing my personal stories, and salient issues arising from the process into a scholarly paper.