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theatre 101 midterm - Aesthetic Distance theatrical and...

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Aesthetic Distance: theatrical and cinematic device "which prevents the audience from losing itself passively and completely in the character created by the actor, and which consequently leads the audience to be a consciously critical observer Suspension of Disbelief- an aesthetic theory intended to characterize people's relationships to art. It was coined by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1817 to refer to what he called "dramatic truth". It refers to the alleged willingness of a reader or viewer to accept as true the premises of a work of fiction , even if they are fantastic, impossible, or otherwise contradictory to " reality ". It also refers to the willingness of the audience to overlook the limitations of a medium, so that these do not interfere with the acceptance of those premises. According to the theory, suspension of disbelief is a quid pro quo : the audience tacitly agrees to provisionally suspend their judgment in exchange for the promise of entertainment. Proscenium: a theater space whose primary feature is a large archway (the proscenium arch) at or near the front of the stage , through which the audience views the play . The audience directly faces the stage, which is typically raised several feet above front row audience level. Thrust: a thrust stage (also known as a platform stage or open stage [1] ) is one that extends into the audience on three sides and is connected to the backstage area by its up stage end. A thrust has the advantage of greater intimacy between audience and performer than a proscenium , while retaining the utility of a backstage area. Arena: an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theater , musical performances, or sporting events. The key feature of an arena is that the event space is the lowest point, allowing for maximum visibility. Usually, an arena is designed to accommodate a fairly large number of spectators. Created/Found Space: A stage can also be improvised where ever a suitable space can be found. Examples may include staging a performance in a nontraditional space such as a basement of a building, a side of a hill or, in the case of a busking troupe, the street. In a similar manner, a makeshift stage can be created by modifying an environment. For example, demarcating the boundaries of a stage in an open space by laying a carpet and arranging seating before it. Stage Right vs. Stage Left: Actors on stage, facing the audience, are looking in the opposite direction; for them, "stage right" is to their right and "stage left" is left. In other words, stage right is the actor's right as the actor stands on the stage facing the audience. Stage left is the actor's left as the actor stands on the stage facing the audience. Even if the actor is facing up stage (with his back to the audience), stage right and stage left are still determined as if the actor were standing on the stage facing the audience. Upstage vs. Downstage:
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course THR 101 taught by Professor Cardillo during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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