Sacred Theatre

Sacred Theatre
Author: Ralph Yarrow,Franc Chamberlain
Release: 2007
Editor: Intellect Books
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781841501536
Language: en
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The contributors awareness of the innate ambiguity of the terms sacred and performance provides an animated discussion of their relationship, including a variety of differing critical responses to an array of plays, texts and performances. The book examines not only the structural understandings and functions of the sacred in theatre, but also experimental and personal experiences. Sacred Theatre examines both theatrical and more multi-disciplinary approaches to the sacred, offering stimulation for discussion within performance and theatre teaching.

Vodou a Sacred Theatre

Vodou  a Sacred Theatre
Author: Marie-Jose Alcide Saint-Lot
Release: 2003-01-01
Editor: Educa Vision Inc.
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781584321774
Language: en
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A work of intellectual weaving and braiding. A series of reflections on ritual, drama, profane, culture, theory and practice and their connections to Haitian Vodou.

Strindberg and the Quest for Sacred Theatre

Strindberg and the Quest for Sacred Theatre
Author: Theo Malekin
Release: 2010-01-01
Editor: BRILL
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9789042028487
Language: en
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Strindberg and the Quest for Sacred Theatre brings a fresh perspective to the study of Sweden’s great playwright. August Strindberg (1849-1912) anticipated most of the major developments in European theatre over the last century. As such he is well-placed to provide perspectives on the current burgeoning interest in sacred theatre. The religious crises of the 19th Century provoked in Strindberg both sharp scepticism about claims to religious authority and a visionary search for truth. Against the backdrop of a major change in European culture this book traces the emergence in some of Strindberg’s late plays of a proto-sacred-theatre. It argues that Strindberg faced the alternatives of a contentless transcendent abyss, threatening the extinction of his ego, or a retreat into conservative theism, reducing him to slavish submission to the commandments and rule of an external father-God. Weaving together theatrical, aesthetic, and theological voices, this book investigates the relationship of the sacred to subjectivity and its implications for Strindberg’s dramaturgy. In doing so it always keeps in view the sense both of loss and opportunity engendered by a turning point in the western experience of the sacred.

Performing the Sacred

Performing the Sacred
Author: Todd E. Johnson,Dale Savidge
Release: 2009-08-01
Editor: Baker Academic
Pages: 175
ISBN: 9780801029523
Language: en
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A theologian and a theatre artist examine both the nature of theatrical performance within contemporary culture and its relationship to Christian life, faith, and worship.

The Performance of Religion

The Performance of Religion
Author: Cia Sautter
Release: 2017-01-12
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9781351999571
Language: en
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The performing arts are uniquely capable of translating a vision of an ideal or sacred reality into lived practice, allowing an audience to confront deeply held values and beliefs as they observe a performance. However, there is often a reluctance to approach distinctly religious topics from a performance studies perspective. This book addresses this issue by exploring how religious values are acted out and reflected on in classic Western theatre, with a particular emphasis on the plays put on during the Globe Theatre‘s yearlong season of 'Shakespeare and the Bible'. Looking at plays such as Much Ado About Nothing, Dr. Faustus and Macbeth, each chapter includes ethnographic overviews of the performance of these plays as well as historical and theological perspectives on the issues they address. The author also utilizes scholarship from other academics, such as Paul Tillich and Martin Buber, in examining the relationship between art and culture. This helps readers of this book to look at religion in culture, and raise questions and explore ideas about how people appraise their religious values through an encounter with a performance. The Performance of Religion: Seeing the sacred in the theatre treads new ground in bringing performance and religious studies scholarship into direct conversation with one another. As such, it is essential reading for any academic with an interest in theology, religion and ethics and their expression in culture through the performing arts.

French Sacred Drama from B ze to Corneille

French Sacred Drama from B  ze to Corneille
Author: J. S. Street
Release: 1983-08-25
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 344
ISBN: 9780521245371
Language: en
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This 1983 book is a comprehensive study of the French sacred theatre at the crucial transition from medieval to modern conception of theatre.

Kathakali Dance theatre

Kathakali Dance theatre
Author: K. K. Gopalakrishnan
Release: 2016-02-29
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9385285017
Language: en
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Kathakali Dance-Theatre records the art of Kathakali comprehensively, right from the scenario that paved the way for Kathakali's origin and development to its present history. The book chronicles its various facets - the acting, music and costumes, crucial contributions of the masters, momentous incidences, evolution of styles, riveting anecdotes, and related socio-political issues affecting Kerala. The firsthand personal rendition of the author's experience and the detailed glossary make it immensely readable. Full of photographs depicting the masters of the art, green room activities and the vibrant theatre of Kathakali, this book will be a treasure trove of information for uninitiated readers, arts scholars, theater buffs, potential researchers and students keen about the art and its future. Contents: Foreword; Preface; Charts: Evolution and Transformation of the Art Part I: Introduction: The Land and its Vivid Culture; Part II: A Personal Journey of Discovery, Chapter 1: Poor Man's Rich Legacy; Part III: Perspectives on the Origins and Development of Kathakali, Chapter 2: Traditions in the Arts of Kerala before the Emergence of Kathakali; Chapter 3: Krishnanattam and the Metamorphosis of Ramanattam into Kathakali; Chapter 4: Emergence of Kathakali; Chapter 5: Evolution of Styles in Kathakali: Two Distinctive Traditions; Chapter 6: Three Regional Patrons of the Kaplingatan School as the Southern Style; Chapter 7: Two Legendary Masters; Kathakali and the Natyashastra; Chapter 8: Kathakali's Development and Changing Patronage: Kerala Kalamandalam; Part IV: The Artistic Form of Kathakali, Chapter 9: Abhinaya in Kathakali; Chapter 10: Physical Acting, the Aangika Abhinaya; Chapter 11: Kathakali Sangeetam, the Vaachika Abhinaya; Chapter 12: Costuming, the Aahaarya Abhinaya; Chapter 13: Subtle Acting, the Saatwika Abhinaya; Chapter 14: Percussion and its Role in Abhinaya; Chapter 15: Performance, Theatrical Language, Dramatisation and Variations in Interpolative Acting; Part V: Present Trends and Future Possibilities, Chapter 16: Kathakali: Post-Independence and Present Prospects; Appendices: Women in Kathakali; Kaliyogams.

The Performances of Sacred Places

The Performances of Sacred Places
Author: Silvia Battista
Release: 2021-06-18
Editor: Intellect Books
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781789383898
Language: en
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This is the first book to explore the notion of sacred places from the perspective of performance studies and presents both practice-as-research accounts alongside theoretical analysis. It is multidisciplinary bringing together religious studies, philosophy and anthropological approaches under the umbrella of performance studies. By focusing on practice and performance rather than theology it also expands the notion of sacred places to non-religious contexts. This new collection offers a multi-layered and contemporary approach to the question of sacred sites, their practices, politics and ecologies. The overarching critical framework of inquiry is Performance Studies, a multidisciplinary methodological perspective that stresses the importance of investigating the practices and actions through which things are conducted and processes activated. This is an innovative perspective that recognizes the value, function and role that practices and their materialities have in the constitution of special places, their developments in culture, and the politics in place for the conservation of their sense of specialness. The questions investigated are: what is a sacred place? Is a place inherently sacred or does it become sacred? Is it a paradigm, a real location, an imaginary place, a projected condition, a charged setting, an enhanced perception? What kind of practices and processes allow the emergence of a sacred place in human perception? And what is its function in contemporary societies? The book is divided into three sections that evidence the three approaches that are generally engaged with and through which sacred places are defined, actualized and activated: Crossing, Breathing and Resisting. There is a strong field of international contributors including practitioners and academics working in the UK, USA, Poland and Australia. Primary interest will be students, academics and practitioners studying or working in theatre and performance studies; fine art; architecture; cultural and visual studies; geography; religious studies; and psychology. Potential for classroom use, and very strong potential for inclusion on reading lists as a secondary text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Fine Art, Live Art, Performance Art, Performance and Theatre Studies.

Women s Romantic Theatre and Drama

Women s Romantic Theatre and Drama
Author: Lilla Maria Crisafulli,Keir Elam
Release: 2010
Editor: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Pages: 308
ISBN: 0754655776
Language: en
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Bringing together leading British, North American, and Italian critics, this collection makes a crucial intervention in the reclamation of women's theatrical activities during the Romantic period. As they examine key figures like Elizabeth Inchbald, Joanna Baillie, Elizabeth Vestris, and Jane Scott, the contributors take up topics such as women's history plays, ethics and sexuality, the politics of drama and performance, and the role of women as managers and producers.

Susceptible to the Sacred

Susceptible to the Sacred
Author: Bani Shorter
Release: 1996
Editor: Psychology Press
Pages: 135
ISBN: 0415126207
Language: en
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Bani Shorter explores the timeless patterns that lie behind the apparent chaos and pointlessness in today's society and shows how much we need to cultivate our religious capacity.

The Necessity of Theater

The Necessity of Theater
Author: Paul Woodruff
Release: 2008-04-30
Editor: Oxford University Press
Pages: 272
ISBN: 0199715750
Language: en
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What is unique and essential about theater? What separates it from other arts? Do we need "theater" in some fundamental way? The art of theater, as Paul Woodruff says in this elegant and unique book, is as necessary - and as powerful - as language itself. Defining theater broadly, including sporting events and social rituals, he treats traditional theater as only one possibility in an art that - at its most powerful - can change lives and (as some peoples believe) bring a divine presence to earth. The Necessity of Theater analyzes the unique power of theater by separating it into the twin arts of watching and being watched, practiced together in harmony by watchers and the watched. Whereas performers practice the art of being watched - making their actions worth watching, and paying attention to action, choice, plot, character, mimesis, and the sacredness of performance space - audiences practice the art of watching: paying close attention. A good audience is emotionally engaged as spectators; their engagement takes a form of empathy that can lead to a special kind of human wisdom. As Plato implied, theater cannot teach us transcendent truths, but it can teach us about ourselves. Characteristically thoughtful, probing, and original, Paul Woodruff makes the case for theater as a unique form of expression connected to our most human instincts. The Necessity of Theater should appeal to anyone seriously interested or involved in theater or performance more broadly.

Censorship and the Representation of the Sacred in Nineteenth Century England

Censorship and the Representation of the Sacred in Nineteenth Century England
Author: Jan-Melissa Schramm
Release: 2019-05-23
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780198826064
Language: en
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Throughout the nineteenth century, the performance of sacred drama on the English public stage was prohibited by law and custom left over from the Reformation: successive Examiners of Plays, under the control of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, censored and suppressed both devotional and blasphemous plays alike. Whilst the Biblical sublime found expression in the visual arts, the epic, and the oratorio, nineteenth-century spoken drama remained secular by force of precedent and law. The maintenance of this ban was underpinned by Protestant anxieties about bodily performance, impersonation, and the power of the image that persisted long after the Reformation, and that were in fact bolstered by the return of Catholicism to public prominence after the passage of the Catholic Relief Act in 1829 and the restoration of the Catholic Archbishoprics in 1850. But even as anti-Catholic prejudice at mid-century reached new heights, the turn towards medievalism in the visual arts, antiquarianism in literary history, and the 'popular' in constitutional reform placed England's pre- Reformation past at the centre of debates about the uses of the public stage and the functions of a truly national drama. This book explores the recovery of the texts of the extant mystery-play cycles undertaken by antiquarians in the early nineteenth century and the eventual return of sacred drama to English public theatres at the start of the twentieth century. Consequently, law, literature, politics, and theatre history are brought into conversation with one another in order to illuminate the history of sacred drama and Protestant ant-theatricalism in England in the long nineteenth-century.

Edward Gordon Craig A Vision of Theatre

Edward Gordon Craig  A Vision of Theatre
Author: Christopher Innes
Release: 2013-10-11
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781134402946
Language: en
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Edward Gordon Craig's ideas regarding set and lighting have had an enormous impact on the development of the theatre we know today. In this new and updated edition of his well-known study of Edward Gordon Craig, Professor Christopher Innes shows how Craig's stage work and theoretical writings were crucial to the development of modern theatre. This book contains extensive documentation and re-evaluates his significance as an artist, actor, director and writer. Craig is placed in historical context, and his productions are reconstituted from unpublished prompt-books, sketches, journals and correspondence. Most of the designs and photographs, and many of Craig's writings cited, are not available elsewhere in print. Readers will gain insight into a key period of theatrical history, the life of one of its most fascinating individuals, the nature of stage performance, and into revolutionary ideas that are still challenging today.

The Black Theatre Movement in the United States and in South Africa

The Black Theatre Movement in the United States and in South Africa
Author: Olga Barrios
Release: 2008
Editor: Universitat de València
Pages: 223
ISBN: 9788437070223
Language: en
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El creixement dels moviments sociopolítics entre els anys seixanta i noranta als Estats Units i a Sud-àfrica va establir els ferms fonaments sobre els quals, amb una força i ímpetu sense precedents, es va forjar el teatre negre d?aquests anys. Forma i contingut van sorgir a l?una del compromís polític i artístic adoptat per aquests artistes contra l?imperialisme, el colonialisme i el racisme occidentals. Per primera vegada en la història, el teatre negre dels Estats Units i de Sud-àfrica analitzava i valorava les arrels negres per a poder il·luminar la recerca d?un futur de llibertat. No obstant això, el context sociopolític i les circumstàncies específiques de cada país han generat igualment els trets distintius del teatre afronord-americà i negre sud-africà (incloses les diferències de gènere) manifestos en ramificacions artístiques totalment heterogènies i úniques.

History of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston Massachusetts

History of the Handel and Haydn Society  of Boston  Massachusetts
Author: Handel and Haydn Society (Boston, Mass.)
Release: 1893
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 329
ISBN: WISC:89000821058
Language: en
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Clown Through Mask

Clown Through Mask
Author: Veronica Coburn,Sue Morrison
Release: 2013
Editor: Intellect Books
Pages: 492
ISBN: 9781841505749
Language: en
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Richard Pochinko (1946–89) played a pioneering role in North American clown theater through the creation of an original pedagogy synthesizing modern European and indigenous Native American techniques. In Clown Through Mask, Veronica Coburn and onetime Pochinko apprentice Sue Morrison lay out the methodology of the Pochinko style of clowning and offer a bold philosophical framework for its interpretation. Morrison is today a leading teacher of Pochinko's Clown through Mask technique and this book extends significantly the literature on this underdocumented form of theater.

The Italian Theatre From its beginning to the close of the seventeenth century

The Italian Theatre  From its beginning to the close of the seventeenth century
Author: Joseph Spencer Kennard
Release: 1964
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 329
ISBN: UOM:39015046844968
Language: en
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New Media and Communication Across Religions and Cultures

New Media and Communication Across Religions and Cultures
Author: Nahon-Serfaty, Isaac
Release: 2014-01-31
Editor: IGI Global
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9781466650367
Language: en
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"This book offers a unique opportunity in both the social sciences, humanities, and communication fields to provide concrete concepts and notions in the areas of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue"--

Theater and the Sacred in the Middle Ages

Theater and the Sacred in the Middle Ages
Author: Andrzej Dabrówka
Release: 2019-05-30
Editor: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
Pages: 576
ISBN: 3631655010
Language: en
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The book presents a constructivist theory of relations between artistic forms and religious phenomena ("recapitulatory aesthetics"). The main theoretical concepts and knowledge resources are religion as a cultural system, social history, and aesthetics of main drama genres developed in the Middle Ages.

Islamic Art and Spirituality

Islamic Art and Spirituality
Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Release: 1987-02-12
Editor: SUNY Press
Pages: 213
ISBN: 0887061753
Language: en
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This is the first book in the English language to deal with the spiritual significance of Islamic art including not only the plastic arts, but also literature and music. Rather than only dealing with the history of the various arts of Islam or their description, the author relates the form, content, symbolic language, meaning, and presence of these arts to the very sources of the Islamic revelation. Relying upon his extensive knowledge of the Islamic religion in both its exoteric and esoteric dimensions as well as the various Islamic sciences, the author relates Islamic art to the inner dimensions of the Islamic revelation and the spirituality which has issued from it. He brings out the spiritual significance of the Islamic arts ranging from architecture to music as seen, heard, and experienced by one living within the universe of the Islamic tradition. In this work the reader is made to understand the meaning of Islamic art for those living within the civilization which created it.