Performance Research Volume 3 Issue 3

On Ritual

Issue editors: Günter Berghaus

ISBN: 978-0-415-18203

On Ritual will examine a range of performative practices from both the historical and contemporary repertoire. It will explore systematic connections between ritual and theatre, present the work of contemporary artists, and reflect on the role and meaning of ritual for theatrical purposes in the late twentieth century. The issue will also look at ritualism in the interstices of painting, music and theatre, the role of rituals for personal and social identity, and the antithesis of healing rituals and rituals of death.


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