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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt (1876)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

...off and abducts her from the wedding. He soon tires of her, his head full of thoughts of the lovely Solveig, whom he has just met. He is led into the Troll kingdom, where he feels at home amongst their coarse sensuality, until they threaten to slit his eyeballs. Church bells dispel the vision. After wrestling with the Boyg, an unseen monster, Peer begins to build a hut on the mountainside. Here Solveig seeks him out, and the two begin an idyllic existence together. Soon, however, one of the troll women comes with a deformed child, declaring it to be Peer's...

Richard Duke of York

Richard Duke of York   Reference library

Randall Martin, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,705 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...but emphasized the providential triumph of the Tudors, foreshadowed by Henry’s prophecy over Richmond in 4.7. But Tillyard and others depressed critical interest in Richard Duke of York by claiming that Shakespeare was uninspired when writing it. The modern stage has dispelled this view, while revisionist critics have observed how little Richard Duke of York supports Tillyard’s unifying vision of controlling providential order. More apparent is an early modern focus on the dangers of divided succession and dynastic factionalism, and the vision of an...

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
4,098 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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...for Mantua before the setting of the Watch. 3.4 Capulet agrees with his wife and Paris that Juliet shall marry Paris the following Thursday. 3.5 Early the following morning Romeo reluctantly parts from Juliet, descending from her window. Her mother brings Juliet the news that, to dispel the sorrow they attribute to Tybalt’s death, she is to marry Paris: Capulet arrives and, angry at Juliet’s refusal, threatens to disown her unless she agrees to the match. After her parents’ departure, the Nurse advises Juliet to marry Paris. Juliet feigns to agree, but resolves...

laughter

laughter   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
381 words

...( 1877 ) categorizes the ‘powers of laughter’ into various sub-groups: *satire , irony, and humour. Satire is the cruellest because it affords so little sympathy with the object of the laughter, whereas humour is the kindest and the pity it can evoke may even be strong enough to dispel laughter altogether. Henri Bergson 's discussion of laughter in ‘Le Rire’ ( 1900 ) has been particularly influential, proposing that laughter is a weapon used by society to intimidate others. He concludes by describing it as ‘a froth with a saline base’—initially pleasurable but...

commedia dell'arte

commedia dell'arte   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
1,382 words

...case learned a range of verbal accomplishments to entertain clients in their salons, including improvisation both of verse and of music. The rise of the actress may be inseparable from that of the *operatic prima donna. The virtuously married Isabella *Andreini worked hard to dispel the prejudice that she, at least, was a ‘public woman’; and the emergence of theatrical family dynasties, similar to those in other artisan trades or arti , did modify the image. However, assumptions about sexual freedom continued in perception and in practice, and in the Papal...

Tiv Dance

Tiv Dance   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
1,317 words

...At village markets, held every five days, men and women perform in their separate teams for hours, encircled by dense crowds of enthusiastic spectators. Gifts of money are lavished on skilled performers, who hold a position of prestige because their dance has the power to dispel witchcraft and “mend the earth.” A dance song, “The Sun Is a Man, the Moon Is a Woman,” voices the contrast between men's and women's dance. Men express their strength in a variety of dance styles. In the ingough , they circle around four drummers in a dance divided into a...

Tibet

Tibet   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
2,980 words

...eliminating the obstacles which threatened to halt the construction of the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. Dance was not considered contrary to religion but rather an integral part of its worship: Padmasambhava rose into the sky, where he performed a threatening dance that dispelled the opposition, and the shadow he cast on the ground marked the boundaries of Bsam-yas monastery. The oral tradition and the texts agree that the first known Buddhist dance in Tibet was performed during the time of Padmasambhava. However, other forms of masked dance and musical...

Tripudium

Tripudium   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
2,111 words

...must be considered in terms of the philosophical and theological beliefs that prevailed during the period in question. Creedally, the church holds that the human spirit is incarnate—not incarcerate—in the human body. Yet the church has only rarely and ineffectually attempted to dispel the strong current of Gnostic antimaterialistic dualism riding along on the underbelly of popular theology. [See Christianity and Dance .] In addition, the references to such a supposed tradition are both geographically and chronologically disparate, and the original compendium...

Phul, Gurdial Singh

Phul, Gurdial Singh (1911–84)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
198 words

...with Truth on Their Side’, 1969 ), Tatti vau na lagai (‘No Hot Wind Scorches’, 1970 ), Asin dun savai hoi (‘We Grow Manifold’, 1972 ), and Nanak nadri nadar nihal (‘Nanak, Bestower of Grace’, 1973 ). These commemorate the sublime vision that the Gurus preached to dispel darkness from people's minds and celebrate the heroism that Sikhs in the seventeenth century displayed while fighting Mughal forces. Since their awareness of Sikh faith and history reflects only what common lore recorded, they did not chalk out any new direction for *Punjabi...

Hackett, Charles

Hackett, Charles (4 Nov 1889)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
263 words

...performance. He continued to sing until 1939 . Hackett made a number of records, including duets with Maria Barrientos and Ponselle ; they document a secure technique and a certain elegance, though there is also a sense of routine about them. That sense is completely dispelled by the sweep and finesse of his style in a recording of a Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette from 1935 . L. F. Holdridge : ‘ Charles Hackett ’, Record Collector , xxii (1974–5), 173–214 Richard Dyer , Elizabeth...

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