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"Franco-American Identity, Community, and La Guiannée"$
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Anna Servaes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462104

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462104.001.0001

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Theatrical Play

Theatrical Play

(p.137) Chapter Nine Theatrical Play
"Franco-American Identity, Community, and La Guiannée"

Anna Servaes

University Press of Mississippi

As theatrical play, La Guiannée is a traveling theatre, performing for the public. Folklore or popular theatre represents the manner in which the collective views itself and its history. By immersing themselves in the colonial characters, the guionneurs undergo a transformation through rites of passage. The first stage, separation, the guionneurs physically separate themselves from other community members, which alters their position to a sacred status. A second separation occurs when the Guiannée gathers before entering the sacred performance space. During the second stage, the performance or liminal period, the guionneurs perform before the other members of the community, initiating a transformation in the public from ordinary to sacred community. The performers and the audience share the cultural space to revive their history. The transformation from ordinary to sacred is complete during the last stage of reintegration, in which the spectator assumes the role of performer to entertain the guionneurs.

Keywords:   Folklore or Popular Theatre, Rites of Passage, Separation, Performance or Liminal Period, Reintegration

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