2013 - 2014

0811-1075-01
  The Performances of Jewish Ritual: From Everyday Life to the                                         
FACULTY OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Yair LipshitzMexico - Arts206Mon1200-1600 Sem  2
 
 
Course description
The seminar will examine the ways in which Jewish ritual practice can be reconceived through performance theory. We will trace the shaping of rituals by halakhic texts, and the meanings imbued in ritual by these texts. By focusing on the components of ritual – body, movement, space, and material objects – we will explore how various ritual performances reinterpret Jewish halakha. Alongside this, we will discuss theatrical pieces which undermine and disrupt "normative" halakhic performance.
The course will include practical research in groups, which will examine how the performance of rituals enables their understanding, interpretation, and deconstruction. This research could serve as a performative starting point for the final written paper.

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