12-3 From Isms to Happenings

12-3 From Isms to Happenings - The CONTEXT - Early to Mid...

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The CONTEXT - Early to Mid 20 th Century - post Industrial Revolution - War - WWI (1914-1918) - WWII (1939-1945) THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN EXAMINING THE –ISMS - Manifestos: documents that present theories on what theatre or art should be in terms of aesthetics and values. - purpose of art - appropriate subjects for art - effect on Perceiver/Audience member - means of achieving effect - relationship between art and social reality - relationship between form and content - “truth” where is it located? - Avant-Garde the foremost part of an army; the pioneers or innovators in any art in a particular period - Rebellions against society and culture - Reactions to realism - Subjective truths SYMBOLISM - Often superficially resembles realism - Depicts events that are hyper-real - Playwrights: Chekhov, Ibsen, Maeterlinck (northern European) - Events/material substances have underlying structures. In theatre they are highly symbolic. (A scream at night might represent death. The breaking of violin strings may represent the end of an era.)
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course THET 110 taught by Professor Dail during the Spring '07 term at Maryland.

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12-3 From Isms to Happenings - The CONTEXT - Early to Mid...

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