By Means of Performance: Intercultural Studies of Theatre and Ritual

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Richard Schechner, Willa Appel
Cambridge University Press, May 25, 1990 - Social Science
The field of performance studies embraces performance behaviour of all kinds and in all contexts, from everyday life to high ceremony. This volume investigates a wide range of performance behaviour - dance, ritual, conflict situation, sports, storytelling and display behaviour - in a variety of circumstances and cultures. It considers such issues as the relationship between training and the finished performance; whether performance behaviour is universal or culturally specific; and the relationships between ritual aesthetics, popular entertainment and religion, and sports and theatre and dance. The volume brings together essays from leading anthropologists, artists and performance theorists to provide a definitive introduction to the burgeoning field of performance studies. It will be of value to scholars, teachers and students of anthropology, theatre, folklore, semiotics and performance studies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Are there universals of performance in myth ritual and drama?
8
Magnitudes of performance
19
a synthesis of subjective and objective experience
50
The Yaqui deer dance at Pascua Pueblo Arizona
82
on Yaqui ceremonies and anthropologists
96
Hasidic celebrations of Purim in Brooklyn
109
an analysis of three Sri Lankan rituals
118
The profanation of the sacred in circus clown performances
194
Ethnographic notes on sacred and profane performance
208
The spatial sense of the sacred in Spanish America and the American South and its tie with performance
221
Space and context
236
some thoughts and questions
245
Universals of performance or amortizing play
250
Appendix
273
Bibliography
275

power presence and transcendence in Asian inbody disciplines of practice
131
role playing through trance possession
149
The practice of noh theatre
167

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