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Театър и ритуал в българската и балийската култури
Theatre and Ritual in Balinese and Bulgarian Cultures

Author(s): Joanna Spassova-Dikova
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The text focuses on the Bulgarian customs such as lazaruvane, kukers’ (mummers’) games (jamal), nestinari (fire dancers) and so on and their “equivalents” in Balinese culture legong, barong, topeng, kechak, fire horse dancing, etc. An attempt is made to outline some specifics of these theatrical-ritual forms, peculiar to the traditional cultures of Bulgaria and Bali, which pertain to the links between ritual and theatre and to the contemporary processes of ritualization of theatre and theatralisation of ritual, as seen from an European viewpoint. In the contemporary world, where the local cultures are globalising and the global searches for its local dimensions, the genetically related performative forms – ritual and theatre– undergo new transformations of fusion and synthesis, creating new hybrids, which we can conventionally deem to be kinds of a “theatrical ritual” or a “ritual theatre”. The former is an outcome of the processes of globalisation of local cultural traditions. The latter is prompted by the desire of a number of theatre artists of the twentieth century to bring back theatre to its roots and to rituality.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 309-318
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian