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Ritual and Crisis: Survival Techniques of Humans and Other Animals

Ritual and Crisis: Survival Techniques of Humans and Other Animals Ritual and Crisis: Survival Techniques of Humans and Other Animals Gunter Berghaus Rationalist philosophers of the eighteenth and beyond its ritual roots, is also rediscovering that underneath the rational, word-centred discourses nineteenth centuries believed that religion and ritual behaviour were typical traits of primitive the embers of a ritual fire are still smouldering. The societies and would disappear with the advance of history of modernist theatre is inextricably linked civilization. However, exactly the opposite has to the rediscovery of ritual practices: from the taken place. An order that had previously been Symbolist concept of a new festival culture, via the provided by the Church, by social hierarchies and neo-primitivism of Stravinsky's Le Sa ere du political figureheads, has become eroded by capital­ Printemps, Mary Wigman's Hexentanz, or Hugo ism. The industrial revolution led to mass Ball's Gadji Beri Bimba, to Artaud's reception of migration from the countryside to the cities. It Balinese, Cambodian and Mexican ritualism. Nor is uprooted millions of people and severed their tra­ postmodern performance devoid of ritual elements: ditional bonds with nature and their ties to family see, for example, the rebirth of Dionysus in and social groups. The rapid disappearance of Viennese Actionism, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Performance Research Taylor & Francis

Ritual and Crisis: Survival Techniques of Humans and Other Animals

Performance Research , Volume 3 (3): 9 – Jan 1, 1998
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Taylor & Francis
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© 1998 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
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1469-9990
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1352-8165
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10.1080/13528165.1998.10871628
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Abstract

Ritual and Crisis: Survival Techniques of Humans and Other Animals Gunter Berghaus Rationalist philosophers of the eighteenth and beyond its ritual roots, is also rediscovering that underneath the rational, word-centred discourses nineteenth centuries believed that religion and ritual behaviour were typical traits of primitive the embers of a ritual fire are still smouldering. The societies and would disappear with the advance of history of modernist theatre is inextricably linked civilization. However, exactly the opposite has to the rediscovery of ritual practices: from the taken place. An order that had previously been Symbolist concept of a new festival culture, via the provided by the Church, by social hierarchies and neo-primitivism of Stravinsky's Le Sa ere du political figureheads, has become eroded by capital­ Printemps, Mary Wigman's Hexentanz, or Hugo ism. The industrial revolution led to mass Ball's Gadji Beri Bimba, to Artaud's reception of migration from the countryside to the cities. It Balinese, Cambodian and Mexican ritualism. Nor is uprooted millions of people and severed their tra­ postmodern performance devoid of ritual elements: ditional bonds with nature and their ties to family see, for example, the rebirth of Dionysus in and social groups. The rapid disappearance of Viennese Actionism, the

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Performance ResearchTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 1998

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