Andrew Walker White (Stratford University, VA) besöker patristikseminariet vid Newmaninstitutet för att tala över ämnet Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium: A Performing Arts Perspective.
In his recently-published study, ”Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzanium,” White argues for a more humane, contextual approach to understanding traditional Christian ritual. The Divine Liturgy of John Chrysostom was first composed in the midst of a Roman imperial culture where theatre remained the most popular performing art, and where clergy trained in both classical dramatic literature and in the numerous creative, fictive exercises of the rhetorical progymnasmata. What were the performance skills at the celebrant’s disposal? How were they deployed? And why did he deploy them? Together with these questions is the matter of intellectual effort; ritual composition in the early Christian era was highly demanding, and its degree of sophistication went well beyond the demands of theatrical performance–contrary to popular belief.
Tid: onsdag 17 maj, 16.15‒18.00
Plats: sal 302 (”Ateljén”), Newmaninstitutet