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THTR176 Exam 1

THTR176 Exam 1 - THTR176 Exam 1 5:45:00 PM Theatrical...

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THTR176 Exam 1 24/02/2008 17:45:00 Theatrical Conventions- rules of conduct and understood communication codes that  allow us to share a common theatre experience Being ushered to seats and handed a program, talk naturally, lights dim, people grow  silent at once and sit expectantly in the dark New people enter lit portion of the room and explain feelings in loud voices, living in  rooms with furniture facing one direction, always seemingly unaware of the audience  Conventions dictate how actors will move, speak, be clothed, form the content of the  event, how and where it will be staged and designed, and how the audience should  respond Reflect cultural tradition, recent innovations, transcend cultural borders Combined effect of these conventions working together is  style-  the manner in which  a performance depicts the world  o In order to be successful, audience must use imagination to find the show  authentic and meaningful Coleridge said, “willing suspension of disbelief” –  believing in the reality of theatrical make-believe  o Styles vary widely in different eras from one culture to another Evolution of Conventions History of the theatre is a history of evolving conventions o Exclusion of omen from the theatre o Different races did not perform together Universals of the Theatre- apply to theatre everywhere Live in the present moment and requires the presence of a live actor and an audience Ephemeral in that no performance can ever be totally duplicated or captured Collaborative: it requires the efforts of many people working together Synthesis of many arts  Origins of Theatre Most likely evolved as a form of cultural expression and has no specific moment of  creation Earliest rituals performed to please the gods who were the intended audience 
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Ancient Greek tragedy evolved from dithyrambs, hymns sung and danced in praise of  the god Dionysus.   Christians performed passion plays of medieval Europe Audience as a Community An audience is a temporary community tied together only for the duration of the  performance Factors affecting the degree of interaction among audience members: o Special configuration of the theatre and lighting o Darkened theatres create an atmosphere in “the house” term used for the  collective audience o Invisible currents of energy circulate among the audience members   Active Audience Outdoor daylight performances in ancient Greece- festive atmosphere in which social  interaction, eating, and drinking were part of a daylong theatre event
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