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ritual and theatre 

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

Since the 1980s cooperation between the disciplines of anthropology, with its focus on ethnographic recording of rituals, and theatre studies, with its theoretical attention to performance, has demonstrated the difficulty of separating the modes of ritual from theatrical performance. The field of performance studies in particular has attempted to establish a theoretical frame for the effectiveness of ritual in a cross-cultural perspective, at the same time considering the larger resonance of theatrical and para-theatrical productions. This development is largely due to the interdisciplinary work of two thinkers. The first is the anthropologist Victor Turner, who applied concepts of drama to ritual processes which remember, refashion, or remedy structures and conflicts of social reality. The second is the critic and director ... ...

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