Performance Research Volume 3 Issue 1

On America

Issue editors: Nick Kaye

ISBN: 978-0-415-18201

On America will respond to the powerful presence in contemporary culture of aesthetic forms and political strategies derived from North America. Counterpointing Letters from Europe, the issue will address the use and abuse of images of and from North America, the deconstruction in performance theory and practice of North American art, film and performance, and the presentation of America as genre and fiction. With contributions from theatre-makers, artists, theorists and critics outside North America, as well as those working on the cultural and aesthetic fringes within the Americas, the issue will debate the influence of North American cultural products and practices, providing a forum for debate over cultural hegemony and displacement, identity and aesthetic practice.


Richard Gough

pp. v - vi

Preface and Editorial

Günter Berghaus

pp. vii

On Origins: Behind the Rituals

David George

pp. 1 - 15

Shamanism in Britain Today

Graham Harvey

pp. 16 - 24

The Aztec Ritual Sacrifices

Mutsumi Izeki

pp. 25 - 32

Sadomedicine: Bob Flanagan's 'Visiting Hours' and Last Rites

Linda S. Kauffman

pp. 33 - 41

Mental Illness as Ritual Theatre

Roland Littlewood

pp. 42 - 53

Mythological and Ritual Theatre in Cuba

Inés María Martiatu Terry

pp. 54 - 60

A Sense of Wonder

Gordon MacLellan

pp. 61 - 64

Ritual and Crisis: Survival techniques of humans and other animals

Günter Berghaus

pp. 65 - 73

The Camera as Catalyst: Photography as a form of ritual theatre [artist's pages]

Grace Lau

pp. 74 - 77

Mandala Meaning and Method: Ritual delineation of sacred space in tantric buddhism

Martin J. Boord

pp. 78 - 85

Grotowski's Art as Vehicle: The invention of an esoteric tradition

Lisa Wolford

pp. 86 - 96

The Performance of Pain

Ted Polhemus

pp. 97 - 104

The Serpent's Song: Ritual performances of the Kaxinawá in the Amazon forest

Cláudia Neiva de Matos

pp. 105 - 112

Diary of an Imaginal Navigation [artist's pages]

Maria de Marias

pp. 113 - 116

Book Reviews

Graham Ley, Daniel C. Noel, Günter Berghaus

pp. 117 - 129

Archive Review

Hanno Millesi

pp. 130 - 133

Notes on Contributors

pp. 134 - 136