Between Theater and Anthropology

Between Theater and Anthropology

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In performances by Euro-Americans, Afro-Americans, Native Americans, and Asians, Richard Schechner has examined carefully the details of performative behavior and has developed models of the performance process useful not only to persons in the arts but to anthropologists, play theorists, and others fascinated (but perhaps terrified) by the multichannel realities of the postmodern world. Schechner argues that in failing to see the structure of the whole theatrical process, anthropologists in particular have neglected close analogies between performance behavior and ritual. The way performances are createda€”in training, workshops, and rehearsalsa€”is the key paradigm for social process.A narrow passageway led from the area where performers put on costumes and masks to the roughly circular dancing ground. Parties enter down the ... mask of ten-headed Ravana is more than four feet long. Wearing these masks, dancersanbsp;...

Title:Between Theater and Anthropology
Author:Richard Schechner
Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press - 2010-08-03


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