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On The Edge Of Utopia: Performance And Ritual At Burning Man
 
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Author : Rachel Bowditch
Publisher : Seagull Books
ISBN# : 978-1906497255
Pages : 365
Price :INR 695
Offer Price:INR 619
 
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During the week before Labour Day every year, 49,000 people gather in Nevada`s Black Rock Desert to build Black Rock City. At the center of Black Rock City is a 40-foot wooden effigy of a man, a icon around which art, performance, and community revolve. Since 1986, the Burning Man Festival has evolved from founder Larry Harvey`s personal healing ritual into a cultural movement where ceremony, religion, visual art, and performance converge on an epic scale. In this volume, Rachel Bowditch-performer, theatre director, scholar and Burning Man participant-explores the spectrum of performance and ritual practices within Black Rock City, from the everyday to epic spectacle, the profane to the sublime. Bowditch argues that Burning Man can be understood as a contemporary galaxy of happenings, a revival of the ancient Roman Saturnalia, a site for rehearsals of utopia, and a secular pilgrimage. As Burning Man continues to grow, it is creating new paradigms for performance, installation art, community, and invented rituals that bridge ancient traditions to the twenty-first century.
 
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