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Unformatted text preview: Paws.John Mabry 212 Hatcher Hall Fridays 4:30-6:30pm jmabry3@lsu.edu http://www.theatre.lsu.edu/box_office/boxmenu.htm We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. Pablo Picasso Why art? Some thoughts o It gives us a more complex, and more meaningful perspective on our world. o It helps us to understand the deep nature of the things around us. o It speaks the unspeakable. o It is a deep, meaningful, and profound experience. o It lasts. What is art? o Art is created by human beings. Nature is not art. o Art provides the perception of order. o Art consists of a subject and a medium (it is representationalmeans something beyond what it is). o Art makes you feel (and/or think) something. o Art is artificial. Art requires effort by both the sender and a receiver. o SENDER (artist): Skill, talent, meaning, aesthetics, formative ability o RECEIVER (audience): Knowledge, curiosity, open mind, cognitive ability o Both would equal BLAM!: deep, meaningful, and lasting experience on a profound level Theater and Drama o Peter Brook: All that is needed for theater to occur is an empty space and someone to walk across that space while someone watches. o Dramatic Theater: a LIVE, ARTIFICIALLY CONSTRUCTED STORY containing CONFLICT o Non-dramatic theater: space, performer audience Fashion shows Sporting events Religious ceremonies Cirque du Soleil Performance Art 3 Qualities of Theater o Theater is always live. o Theater is always about human beings. o Theater is always collaborative. Categories of Theater o 1. Commercial (most of Broadway)ex. Three Days of Rain o 2. Historical Theaterex. Henry IV o 3. Political Theaterex. Lefty o 4. Experimental Theater (non-traditional)ex. Shut Up and Love Me o 5. Cultural Theaterex. Noh (Japanese) o *these can overlap Entertainment vs. Art o Entertainment makes us temporarily feel good. o Whats the connection? Values. What are values? o Values are the generally accepted beliefs of a society. o Entertainments purpose is to confirm the values we already have. o Arts purpose is to express the values of the artist, and does not necessarily confirm the values that we already have. Theater vs. Film and Television o Theater Active participation Impermanent No distractions Audience WITH actions Two-way communication No two performance the same Little or no censorship Actors rehearse more Actor primary artist Auditory words, words, words Material often intellectual Artists Storytelling Large physical space Primary instruments are voice and body Lots of rehearsal Lots of dialogue Actors on a high wire Tends to be symbolic o Film and TV (and streaming) Passive participation...
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2009 for the course THEA 1020 taught by Professor Mabry during the Spring '09 term at LSU.

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