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Goals of TheatreEntertainmentEducationTeaching/learning moral lessonsSocial controlMaintain status quoAgitationChallenge of ideals, government, culture, oppression,etc..DocumentationTo record history, to explore history
So… what makes theatre… theatre?Live and bounded by timeIntendedFixed boundariesOccurs in a designated spaceAudience/PerformerCollaborativeTraining and rehearsal are necessary and expectedEphemeralShort lived and never exactly the same
Broader Umbrella:PerformanceDefinition is contested and slipperyIncludes:Ritual/cultural performanceActs of everyday lifePerformance art
Why Perform?Role PlayingPreparing for roles we expect to assumeGuardingagainst insecuritiesUsing a costume or other “signs” of powerCommunity PerformanceDramatic rituals that reinforce communityvaluesIe: Dia de los Muertos, Wedding, Church service,football game….
Performance TheoryA process AND a productIs twice performedCreates identities and culturesActs as a way of knowing and learningIs critical
AestheticsWhat we deem to be sensually pleasing or beautifulChange according to the times and cultureDetermined by:SensesEmotionsIntellectual OpinionsDesireCulturePreferenceTraining
Other ways we make meaning out ofperformance/theatreTextAnything with boundaries that can be examinedfor meaningIncludes:Literary Texts (i.e. play script, novel, etc)Oral TextsCultural TextsBodiesClip
So is everything we see aperformance????Better question is:What does it mean foryou to apply a performance lens to“everything” that you see?Our assumptions and previous knowledge helpus shape the frame (the context) of thetexts/bodies/situations/etc.Remember what we are taking for granted inthe ways that we derive meaning
Evolution Of Western Theatre…Early theatre history covers a period of2000+ yearsEstablished foundation for Western theatre’s:Theatrical conventionsTheatrical canonHighlights theatre’s relationship to:Religious and civic celebrationsSignificant social and civic events
Greek Theatre500 BCEGrounded in religious ceremonyFestival of DionysusSource of subject matter:Greek mythology (Gods)The Players:12-15 chorus members2-3 primary actorsAlways menReliance on masksPlaywrights:AeschylusSophocles:Oedipus Rex, AntigoneEuripidesONLY Tragedy or ComedyNEVER intermix the two formats
Aristotle334-332 BCESix Parts of Tragedy:1. PlotLinearEpisodic2. CharactersRepresentational characterPresentational characterProtagonist/antagonist3.Thought (Theme/Moral)Focus of the play4.Diction (Language)Expression of meaningPay attention to silence5.Song (Music):Embellishment that set the mood6. Spectacle“least artistic”

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Professor
Dvoskin
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Drama, Theatre, Broadway theatre, Theatre District, Group Theatre members

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