Theatre Exam 1

Theatre Exam 1 - VOCABULARY Aesthetics: The branch of...

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VOCABULARY Aesthetics: The branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and expression of beauty Subject and medium: What a work of art is about, what it reflects, and what it attempt to comprehend. The method, substance, and technique used to create a work of art * Special arts Pictorial arts: Arts, such as drawing and painting, created by applying line and color to two dimensional surfaces Literary arts; Arts created with written language Performing arts: Arts, such as theatre, music, opera, and dance, whose medium is an act performed by a living human being A performs b for c : One of the essentials for theatre Lifelikeness : Sometimes it is difficult to see how much work goes into making theatre because it often appears to be very close Ephemeral: Never the same; happens in time Collaborative: Takes many different kinds of artists and is a melding of all the arts Immediate: Actors and audience share the same energy; objective and subjective--we are interested in both what happens and why it happens (motivation) Commercial: For profit; Broadway, Broadway Tours, and Disney on Ice, etc. Not-for-profit:
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Theatre with a strong opinion and seeks to change people’s minds Often asks audience to think more than feel, but uses feelings too Ex. Farenheit 9/11, Supersize Me Religious theater: Theatre that tells stories or teaches moral lessons based on a religion’s view. Historically used to teach or convert people who could not read or speak language Often includes spectacle or demonstrations of the power of God Commercial theater: The type of theatre that, like the majority of Hollywood screen entertainments, has entertainment and profitability as its reason for existence Historical theater: Dramas that use the styles, themes, and staging of plays of a particular historical period. Any theatre that seeks to do the play as it was originally done rather than a new, contemporary interpretation. Recreation of Shakespeare, Greek Theatre, and Renaissance Fairs Experimental theater: Theatre that breaks the audience’s expectations about what theatre is. Theatre that tries to use new form or subject matter to a specific purpose Cultural theater: Theatre that gives the audience insight into a different culture Can either be a traditional theatre for from a different part of the world or an underrepresented part of our own society Differences between acting on the stage and acting in film or TV: The performance is never the same when acting on stage where it is when you watch a film a TV. Art vs. entertainment : (pg. 20) The fundamental difference between art and entertainment is that artists create primarily to express themselves an communicated a particular perspective, whereas entertainers create to please an audience. The primary purpose of entertainment is to confirm an audiences values and make us feel good, not necessarily challenge us. Artists often desperately want their audience to understand and appreciate
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course THTR 1009 taught by Professor Lessley,me during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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