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Sacred Theatres.

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Publication date2007
Number of pages230
ISBN (print)9781841501536
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Bibliographic note

Early Career Researcher. This book is an experimental collaboration, in which a team of international scholars attempt to rethink the notion of sacred theatre via a series of essays and internal dialogues. This book asks what the sacred might be with reference to theatre and performance as practice, process and production, and how it may be encountered. It doesn't take either 'sacred' or 'theatre' as uncontroversial terms, but tries to get a spectrum of approaches and perspectives, and open up a number of conversations between the contributors. The result is a multivocal and open-ended investigation which aims to stimulate and provoke speculation about what is special about working with performance and how it may occur. Lavery has contributed 20,000 words to the project. Lavery's section on Giorgio Agamben explores Agamben's largely negative definition of sacred politics, and argues that it is contradicted by the theatrical experiments of (some of) the playwrights studied in the book. His theoretical introduction to western-based notions of the sacred looks at the work of Emile Durkheim, Georges Bataille, Sigmund Freud, Mircea Eliade and Rudolf Otto. His analysis of sacred space proposes that site-based performance, unlike traditional theatre, offers an essentially placeless notion of the sacred, and his response to 'writing the sacred' is an attempt to ground the sacred in personal experience. Finally Lavery's long essay with Ralph Yarrow analyses how the politics of Genet's theatre can be seen as sacred politics, that is, a politics where the spectators are compelled to encounter what George Bataille calls the 'impossible'. This essay was originally published in the journal Consciousness, Literature and the Arts in 2004. Lavery contributed 75% of the material. See 'Jean Genet and the Politics of Sacred Theatre' (with Ralph Yarrow), Journal of Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, 5:1, April 2004. RAE_import_type : Authored book RAE_uoa_type : LICA