2019 CARL WEBER MEMORIAL LECTURE (Featuring Professor Richard Schechner)
March 7 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Roble Gym 113
Free + Open to the Public
This Event is Free + Open to the Public.
Richard Schechner comes to Stanford for the 2019 Carl Weber Memorial Lecture titled, “Ramlila: A Performance of Great Magnitude”.
A deeply Indo-European story of a great war fought to avenge and recover a kidnapped wife, the Ramlila of Ramnagar, India, is a theatrical embodiment of relationships among space, time, religion, patronage, politics, and popular culture. This 31-day event enlists theatre to bring the divine into everyday life. It is based on Tulsidas’s 16th century Ramcharitmanas, the Awadhi (Hindi) retelling of Valmiki’s Sanskrit epic, Ramayana. The performance moves each day from site to site in Ramnagar – the seat of the Maharaja of Banaras – on the banks of the sacred Ganga River across from the holy city of Varanasi, aka Kashi and Banaras. Schechner has studied the Ramlila since 1976.
ABOUT RICHARD SCHECHNER. Richard Schechner, one of the founders of Performance Studies, is a performance theorist, theater director, author, editor of TDR and the Enactments book series, University Professor, and Professor of Performance Studies. Schechner combines his work in performance theory with innovative approaches to the broad spectrum of performance including theatre, play, ritual, dance, music, popular entertainments, sports, politics, performance in everyday life, etc. in order to understand performative behavior not just as an object of study, but also as an active artistic-intellectual practice. He founded The Performance Group and East Coast Artists.