Dance History: The Rolling Deep

  • Eric MullisEmail author
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)


In this chapter Mullis analyzes contemporary theatrical performance that centers on the Shakers; Doris Humphrey’s The Shakers, Lorraine Chapman and David Parker’s The Zealous Laborers, and The Wooster Group’s Early Shaker Spirituals. He observes common dramaturgical approaches to aspects of Shaker life, considers the cultural implications of folk aesthetics and the ability of performance to advance an ethics of cultural memory, and develops an argument that Shaker-inspired performance must engage Shaker theology. This leads to a consideration of experimental approaches to Shaker performance that focus on more tragic aspects of Shaker history that are often overlooked by choreographers and theater makers. This argument is then generalized to theatrical engagement with the subject matter of ecstatic Pentecostalism.


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  1. 1.Queens University of CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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