A great reflection on the transition of ritual to theater in the western world .
It is interesting to note (as the woman at the end of the video also notes) how the circular ritual area, called the orchestra, diminishes in importance and focus as the place of fiction increases. Interesting implications and commentary on western theater (entertainment) and religion.
In watching these videos, I noticed that the roman catholic and eastern orthodox churches based their Eucharistic “drama” and architecture on Greek/Roman theater as well. If you follow the cycle of liturgical services done in the orthodox church as well as older catholic churches, the life cycle of the christian sun god is reenacted, using much of the same props, devices and architecture as Greek/Roman theater.
I was immediately struck by the place and importance of the circle in the original Dionysian rituals that are thought to have inspired and evolved into theater. A brief survey of material on the Greek mystery cults, ritual drama and their influence on all of society will shine a light on how important this all was way back when. Here is an interesting jumping off point . . .
Where did our circles and rituals go in the western world?