The “nature worship” theory expresses the idea that disguise is one of the fundamental aspects of the actor’s art.Indeed, when an individual addressing a gathering modifies the manner, voice, or appearance of an expression, the event becomes theatrical rather than actual.The development of Western theatre lies between these two extremes and polarizes into its two primary types of experience—tragedy and comedy.In ancient Egypt, religious ritual moved toward a more explicitly theatrical enactment.Notwithstanding its great diversity of styles, forms, themes, and functions, the theatre of today has its roots in a basic impulse to embody expression mimetically.Theatre is a social art based on explorations of the cycles of nature, the progression from birth to death, and the forces that compel our behaviour.This ceremony involved a year-king figure who was ritually killed and supplanted by a new king.At first this was probably a human sacrifice of propitiation; later the killing was mimed.
An interesting component, which also occurs in later Western theatre, is the use of clowns—often deformed—to parody the more serious figures.
The shaman was believed to travel in the spirit world or to actually be possessed by spirits.
One of the main activities of shamanism, which is still practiced today, is the exorcism of evil spirits; this can often involve trance dances in which the shaman performs acrobatics, juggling, or vigorous dancing for long periods, demanding a facility and stamina that seemingly would not normally be possible.
natural events symbolically, thereby bringing them down to human scale and making the unknown more easily accessible.
Individuals would express themselves through rhythmic movement using some kind of adornment to enhance the expressive range of the body.
A second theory proposes that theatre evolved from shamanistic rituals that manifested a supernatural presence to the audience, as opposed to giving a symbolic representation of it.