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Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual : Exploring Forms of Political Theatre - Erika Fischer-Lichte

Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual

Exploring Forms of Political Theatre

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Published: 24th March 2005
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In this fascinating volume, acclaimed theatre historian Erika Fischer-Lichte reflects on the role and meaning accorded to the theme of sacrifice in Western cultures as mirrored in particular fusions of theatre and ritual. Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual presents a radical re-definition of ritual theatre through analysis of performances as diverse as:


  • Max Reinhardt's new people's theatre

  • the mass spectacles of post-revolutionary Russia

  • American Zionist pageants

  • the Olympic Games.

In offering both a performative and a semiotic analysis of such performances, Fischer-Lichte expertly demonstrates how theatre and ritual are fused in order to tackle the problem of community-building in societies characterised by loss of solidarity and disintegration, and exposes the provocative connection between the utopian visions of community they suggest, and the notion of sacrifice.

This innovative study of twentieth-century performative culture boldly examines the complexities of political theatre, propaganda and manipulation of the masses, and offers a revolutionary approach to the study of theatre and performance history.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prologue: Electra's transgressionsp. 1
The search for origins to outline a utopian vision of the futurep. 15
Reconceptualizing theatre and ritualp. 17
Re-inventing a people's theatre: Max Reinhardt's Theatre of the Five Thousandp. 46
Re-inventing ritual: the Olympic Gamesp. 69
Mass spectacles between the Wars - in search of a collective identityp. 87
Introductionp. 89
Times of revolution - times of festival: the Soviet mass spectacles 1917-20p. 97
Producing the Volk community - the Thingspiel movement 1933-36p. 122
Towards the rebirth of a nation - American Zionist pageants 1932-46p. 159
Conclusionp. 197
Dismembering traditionp. 205
Bringing about a crisisp. 207
The Bacchae - dismembering the textp. 221
The rebirth of tragedy out of the chorusp. 240
Epilogue: renouncing sacrificep. 253
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 271
Subject indexp. 282
Author indexp. 286
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ISBN: 9780415276764
ISBN-10: 0415276764
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 24th March 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 13.87  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1