Pidgin ‘Language is like a chain that has been transmitted from one generation to another without separation.’
Pidgin is a type of simplified language which came into existence as a result of contact between two or more languages, in order to find means of communication, occurring for example situations like trade, migration, colonisation and more. Due to its unplanned way, it is developed through simplified words, grammars, syntax, etc. It is not native to anyone and is spoken as a second language by most. It is thought to be inferior, haphazard, and a broken bastard version of older, longer and well established languages. My fascination with this is how the acquisition of pidgin affects the mental and physical state of an individual as I believe language lies at the core of individual and social psychology; thoughts, attitude, social perception, personal identity, social interaction, intergroup bias and stereotyping, attribution, and so on.
Mufutau Yusuf was born Lagos Island, Nigeria. Already from a young age, Mufutau has been dancing, as it is a big part of the social culture in Nigeria. In 2002, he moved to Ireland with his family where he began learning dance formally, taking classes ranging from hip-hop to ballet. In 2011 Mufutau was invited to work with John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre in the piece Fall and Recover, performed in La MaMa ETC, New York. This was the first of many works Mufutau came to be involved in with the company. In 2012 began studying at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). Since graduating in 2016 Mufutau has been freelancing with numerous choreographers meanwhile developing his own artistic works.