Expanded Performance Category
The Ritual in Expanded Performance Project
by Manu Maunganidze
Manu's research tracks the Ritual in his Expanded Performance Project. Can the ritual, and by extension the performance, ever really live online? How can the performance of rituals in an online space match up, subvert, reinvent, erase, corrupt the rituals we are used to performing in the world of concrete and trees and carpets and smelly toilets.
He describes his definition of “expanded” to mainly express the virtual elements of performance as this has been the most obvious form in which performance has changed in 2020. His fuller research report here looks at other definitions of “expanded”.