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The Resource Demons and dancers : performance in late antiquity, Ruth Webb

Demons and dancers : performance in late antiquity, Ruth Webb

Label
Demons and dancers : performance in late antiquity
Title
Demons and dancers
Title remainder
performance in late antiquity
Statement of responsibility
Ruth Webb
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Compared to the wealth of information available to us about classical tragedy and comedy, not much is known about the culture of pantomime, mime, and dance in late antiquity. Charges of obscenity and polemical anti-theater discourse have, at times, erased these popular performance traditions from the modern imagination. Demons and Dancers returns us to the times and places where those great ancient theaters were more than picturesque ruins dotting the Mediterranean landscape." "Ruth Webb fills this gap in our knowledge of the ancient world and provides us with a richly detailed look at social life in the late antique period through an investigation of its performance culture. The book focuses on the eastern empire, from Greece proper to modern-day Turkey and Egypt, between the second and sixth centuries CE. Using some of the tools provided by modern performance theory, this book explains how audiences interpreted the actions on stage, how the status of male and female performers shifted across time and place, how skilled the actors actually were (it was commonplace to dismiss these performers for their lack of skill), and what role spectacles involving spoken and sung words, as well as stylized gestures, had in Greco-Roman civic life."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
792.0937
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3024
LC item number
.W43 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Demons and dancers : performance in late antiquity, Ruth Webb
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-279) and indexes
Contents
Theater and society -- Performers -- Pantomime : the dancing body -- The pantomime as drama : dancers, audiences, and the communicative body -- Mime : the drama of everyday life -- Mime, humor, and society -- Images of actors : identification and estrangement -- Ideas of the audience : possession and the eye -- Christians and the theater
Control code
ocn212375792
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 296 p., [10] p. of plates
Isbn
9780674031920
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008007114
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)212375792
Label
Demons and dancers : performance in late antiquity, Ruth Webb
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-279) and indexes
Contents
Theater and society -- Performers -- Pantomime : the dancing body -- The pantomime as drama : dancers, audiences, and the communicative body -- Mime : the drama of everyday life -- Mime, humor, and society -- Images of actors : identification and estrangement -- Ideas of the audience : possession and the eye -- Christians and the theater
Control code
ocn212375792
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 296 p., [10] p. of plates
Isbn
9780674031920
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008007114
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)212375792

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