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By Means of Performance : Intercultural Studies of Theatre and Ritual - Richard Schechner

By Means of Performance

Intercultural Studies of Theatre and Ritual

By: Richard Schechner (Editor), Willa Appel (Editor)


Published: 30th July 1990
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The field of performance studies covers all kinds of performance behavior in all contexts. This volume investigates performance behavior in a variety of circumstances and cultures. The contributors consider such issues as the relationship between training and the finished performance; whether performance behavior is universal or culturally specific; and the relationships among ritual and aesthetics, popular entertainment and religion, and sports and theater and dance.

List of figuresp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. xi
Concerning Victor Turnerp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Are there universals of performance in myth, ritual, and drama?p. 8
Magnitudes of performancep. 19
Liminality: a synthesis of subjective and objective experiencep. 50
The Yaqui deer dance at Pascua Pueblo, Arizonap. 82
A Yaqui point of view: on Yaqui ceremonies and anthropologistsp. 96
Performance of precepts/precepts of performance: Hasidic celebrations of Purim in Brooklynp. 109
The significance of performance for its audience: an analysis of three Sri Lankan ritualsp. 118
What does it mean to "become the character": power, presence, and transcendence in Asian in-body disciplines of practicep. 131
Korean shamans: role playing through trance possessionp. 149
The practice of noh theatrep. 167
The profanation of the sacred in circus clown performancesp. 194
Ethnographic notes on sacred and profane performancep. 208
The spatial sense of the sacred in Spanish American and the American South and its tie with performancep. 221
Space and contextp. 236
The transformation of consciousness in ritual performances: some thoughts and questionsp. 245
Universals of performance; or amortizing playp. 250
Appendixp. 273
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 284
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ISBN: 9780521339155
ISBN-10: 0521339154
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th July 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54