Integral Drama: Culture, Consciousness and Identity by William S. Haney

By William S. Haney

Vital Drama severely explores glossy drama within the context of Indian aesthetics defined within the Natyashastra and the huge, new interdisciplinary box of realization experiences. It additionally makes a speciality of how Indian theatre aesthetics has encouraged smooth drama theories and perform, and the level to which this has promoted the advance of upper cognizance in actors and viewers. in keeping with Indian aesthetics, rasa or aesthetic rapture is refers to bliss innate within the Self that manifests even within the absence of exterior resources of happiness. total, this publication explores the relation among sleek theatre and better states of brain and demonstrates that one of many key reasons of theatre is to assist the spectator event the natural realization occasion defined in cognizance reports via theorists corresponding to Anna Bonshek, Ken Wilber, Robert okay. C. Forman, Jonathan Shear, Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Ralph Yarrow and others. indispensable Drama will charm not just to drama theorists but in addition to academics and scholars of performing, in addition to an informed basic viewers drawn to knowing the classy event of theatre. necessary Drama, furthermore, can be utilized as a textbook for performing and drama concept sessions and could additionally attract collage and public libraries. The e-book serves as a bridge among the information and reports lengthy understood via Indian philosophy and the numerous questions raised via smooth theatre stories.

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Given that members of the most oppressed communities—the Jews and the Irish—have been assimilated into a quasi public orthodoxy and become the tormentors of those remaining beyond the pale suggests that they indeed represent the opposite extreme to the nothingness and nowhere that Stanley has fathomed by transcending the empirical qualities of mind toward pure awareness. By setting up an opposition between the freedom pursued by Stanley and the conformism enforced by Goldberg and McCann, Pinter sets up a framework through which spectators can move toward their own innate tendency for freedom in zone #1 of the upper left quadrant, while at the same time witnessing the content of the play in a unity of Emptiness and Form.

Because it can no longer sustain these impersonal qualities, people in postmodern society have stigmatized the contemporary public world as immoral and evil and supplanted it with the pseudo safety of local communities. The public world was thus more integral in terms of the four quadrants, while localization restricts one to cultural or social allegiances by excluding integration with the upper left quadrant. Pinter’s The Birthday Party 39 Stanley, therefore, fears not the outside world in itself but rather its replacement by a localized attitude that imposes boundaries on his freedom of thought and action.

Pinter’s characters and spectators cannot know this inner freedom, which comprises the sacred dimension of human nature, through conceptuality or narrative accounts but only as a transverbal, transpersonal direct experience. In the Western and Eastern philosophical traditions, this level of experiential knowledge corresponds to Plato’s Forms, as related to Being, the Good and the Beautiful, and to the Vedic state of Sat-ChitAnanda (transcendent Being, Intelligence and Bliss). As Jonathan Shear notes, Being, the Good, and the Beautiful are reached, like samadhi or qualityless pure consciousness, through a “mental faculty distinct from ordinary intellect to ‘reverse’ the direction of attention within and produce experience of a transcendental ground of thought, knowledge and awareness,” an experience associated “with gaining wisdom, virtue, self-sufficiency and freedom” (1990: 34).

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