The reform of the reform in continuity is seeing some of what was discarded for a brief 40 years or so making its way back into the liturgy. Spirit of Vatican II "performists" are startled if not shaking to see the following return to parishes and cathedrals, not to mention basilicas:
1. Lace albs (although these never truly disappeared altogether).
2. Roman Chasubles also known as Fiddle backs--these practically did disappear and are now ascending especially in Rome of all places. As with any style or cut of chasuble these can be quite simple and sparse or very elaborate and decorated.
3. Gregorian chant and polyphony are definitely making a come back and the questioning of some genre of music for the celebration of the Mass as inappropriate is at a fever pitch in some circles.
4. The return of the Tridentine Mass, now known as the Extraordinary Form with its precise rubrics and narrow parameters
5. The exclusion of some from the formal ministries of the altar--boys and men only in other words and the avoidance altogether of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
6. The return in English to a Latin sounding or "sacral" sounding translation as well as a return to more Latin
7. The one "vestment" that causes the most consternation and seething is the Cappa Magna which only a bishop uses and only for a Pontifical Mass and only as a prelude to actually placing the liturgical vestments on his body.
I don't know if my list is exhaustive.
I think "performatist" refers to a "look at me" form of celebrating the Mass that is retro by centuries but could also be retro by a few decades. We all know the 1970's look for style and even liturgy and some wish for us to return to that dreary period of liturgy and life.
It also means "performing" certain rituals in a precise, rubrical manner and excluding some things from the performance of the liturgy whether that be females in official roles and I guess even in choirs or making the laity more passive rather than active from their congregations. Of course I think this would be a caricature. Just as there are only a few "clown" Masses these days, the worst kind of performatism, there are only a few parishes that are like what I described in terms of keeping the laity from their rightful and liturgical place in the assembly.
So I post some pictures for you to compare various types of performatism. Which do you prefer and as a "performist" which would you exclude outright from the Liturgy?
Press here for another performatist liturgy if you can stomach it!
MY FINAL COMMENT: Give me reform of the reform within continuity "performatism" any day over the post-modern performatism that so many think is superior. Make no mistake the radical ordinariness and dreariness of pseudo-incarnational theology these people promote is meant to lead to the complete deconstruction of the Catholic Mass, sacraments and Church and make it more Unitarian, or worse yet, Episcopalian, meaning transgendered people in ministry, no distinction of roles between male and female and all kinds of moral absurdities. That's the bottom line with the "performatists" lost in the 1970's and Post-Catholic banalities and desconstruction.