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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, ...

ancient Greek drama in the twentieth century

ancient Greek drama in the twentieth century   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Subject Reference
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
1,554 words

...a public response seems to justify optimism for the future of Greek drama in the theatre. Recent years have also seen the establishment at Oxford University of an archive for modern productions of ancient drama. Granville Barker 's gloomy prognostications have finally been dispelled. Richard Seaford See also architecture ; Greece . Richard Beacham and J. Michael Walton , Living Greek Theatre: A Handbook of Classical Performance and Modern Production (1987) Marianne Mcdonald , Ancient Sun, Modern Light: Greek Drama on the Modern Stage (1992) Oliver...

Armide (ii)

Armide (ii)   Quick reference

The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
1,899 words
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...a golden sceptre given them by a magician to counter Armide's magic powers. 4.ii The desert changes into beautiful country‐side and the two knights are in turn tempted by demons who have been transformed by Armide to resemble their beloveds. They are not deceived for long; they dispel these visions with the golden sceptre and go on their way towards Armide's palace, singing a duet of heroic resolution (‘Fuyons les douceurs dangereuses’). A ct 5 Armide's enchanted palace Armide is now committed to loving Renaud but fears she will lose him (as Hatred...

Bhutan

Bhutan   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
832 words

...assuming the character of yogis with the power of taking and re-creating life. They prepare for the ritual through prayer and meditation days before the actual performance, a practice that may continue afterwards as well. Bhutanese Buddhists believe that watching the dance dispels mental obstacles to enlightenment. Another typical dance is the Dramitse Ngacham ( Dance of the Drums ) from Dramitse monastery in eastern Bhutan, choreographed in the sixteenth century. This bodchham (lay) dance depicts the peaceful and terrifying deities in zangdopelri ,...

Bournonville, August

Bournonville, August (21 August 1805)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
6,339 words

... Kermessen i Brügge, eller De Tre Gaver (Kermesse in Bruges; 1851 ). The Great Exhibition of 1851 sparked The Crystal Palace , and a trip to Norway the colorful and dramatic folk ballet Brudefœrden i Hardanger (A Wedding Festival in Hardanger; 1853 ). In an attempt to dispel the sorrows of the 1853 cholera epidemic, Bournonville called up trolls, legends, and midsummer enchantment to weave what he called “my most perfect and finest choreographic work,” A Folk Tale . By the time Bournonville's engagement at the Royal Theater ended in 1855 , he had...

Caricature and Comic Art

Caricature and Comic Art   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
2,686 words

... ( 1966 ), Gorey describes the life of a dancer who becomes a star in a ballet called La Chauvre-Souris Dorée . Because caricatures are seldom concerned with preserving the theatrical illusion, they are often frank and informative about theatrical devices and machines and soon dispel any illusions about flying sylphs and vanishing demons. The practical realities of the theater are revealed—Cocteau, about 1911 , shows how Vaslav Nijinsky was revived after his famous leap in Le Spectre de la Rose —one helper supports his chair while another flaps a towel in...

Cecchetti, Enrico

Cecchetti, Enrico (21 June 1850)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
2,161 words

...choked out his life?(Beaumont, 1929) And in Petrouchka ( 1911 ), Cecchetti was the half-magician, half-showman, who caused three puppets to dance to the strains of his flute. Do you recall how cruel he was to Petrouchka, and how, when Petrouchka was killed by the Moor, he dispelled the growing suspicion of the crowd that murder had been done, by reducing the prostrate figure to a thing of wood and sawdust?(Ibid.) Cecchetti also created memorable roles in other Fokine works, including Kastchei in The Firebird ( 1910 ) and the Astrologer in Le Coq d'Or ...

commedia dell'arte

commedia dell'arte   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
1,988 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...

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...

Costume In African Traditions

Costume In African Traditions   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
2,618 words

...the large iron anklets that clank rhythmically as they walk or dance. In some societies, such auditory accompaniments to dance are not only aesthetically pleasing but also have sacred functions. Among the Yoruba in Nigeria, the sounds of certain leg rattles and bells are said to dispel negative forces, thus protecting as well as complementing the performer (Drewal and Drewal, 1983). Costume, Dance, and Change The dynamics of cultural change in Africa continuously shape modes of dance and dress. In the nineteenth century, the Beni (dance societies, from the...

Costume In Asian Traditions

Costume In Asian Traditions   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
14,928 words

...the monks, and secular dances by lay people. Public entertainment (tsechu) is held annually in Thimphu, during late September to early October, lasting for more than four days. Prior to the tsechu , the monks perform a religious rite (domchae) for a few days, using masks to dispel evil forces and encourage good ones. In the tsechu , lay people and monks dance masked and unmasked dances as well as folk dances. Manuals exist in which the masks, costumes, and choreography are outlined, but most people know the specifics by heart. The masks are composed of...

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