DANCE OF ADAM
Making of Byzantine Chorography
Anthropology of the Choir of Dance in Byzantium
book is of great value as regards originality and innovation. Isar
demonstrates the thesis that sacred space in Byzantium was a performative
choral space. She offers with her Chorography, for the first time in Byzantine
studies, an important paradigm, χορός, a paradigm
which has its roots deep in ancient practices and which, when unearthed, could
explain the sacred space in Byzantium. This book reads
χορός from an interdisciplinary perspective,
incorporating anthropological, theological, and performative aspects. Byzantine
chorography is the inscription of sacred space by the mystical dance,
χορός. Chorography is intimately associated with
hierotopy in spirit and vocation, for both aim to contribute to the work of
unveiling the mechanism by which sacred space was made in Byzantium.
A paradigm of Ritual Performance in Antiquity and Early Christianity. 2.
The Dance of Adam: The Anthropology of the Byzantine Image of the Choir of
Dance. 3. Byzantine Chorography: A space for Choreographical
Inscription. 4. Comparative Chorography: Celica Iherusalem Carolina,
Imperial Apocalyptic Light in the Palatine Chapel of Aachen. Epilogue:
“That Adam may Dance” – That All Earth may exult. Bibliography.
Index. List of Illustrations. Illustrations 1-286.
24x17 cm. 448 pp. (304 pp. text and 286 illustrations, mostly in colour)
detail from the Anastasis with Christ grasping Adam by the wrist, Chora
Parekklesion, Istanbul, c. 1320 A.D.