Drama Notes from the Book

Drama Notes from the Book - Introduction Thinking about...

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Introduction: Thinking about Drama What is Drama? Drama is the art of representing for the pleasure of others events that happened or that we imagine happening. The primary ingredients of drama are: characters , represented by players; action , described by gestures and movement; thought , implied by dialogue, words, and action; spectacle , represented by scenery music, and costume; and, and finally, audiences, who respond to this complex mixture. Drama is an experience in which we participate on many levels simultaneously. Drama both entertains and instructs. Aristotle said in the Poetics that drama was the imitation of action. One interpretation of this is that drama imitates life. Actions in plays help us live our own lives more deeply because they give us insight into the possibilities of life. We can share the experiences of a character. Drama and Ritual Drama may have evolved from ancient Egyptian and Greek rituals, ceremonies that were performed the same way again and again and were thought to have a propitious effect on the relationship between the people and their gods. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries drama thrived in Japan. Japanese No drama combines music and movement in intricate patterns of ritualistic formality. No developed in a Buddhist environment and expressed the deep religious values associated with Buddhism.
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This note was uploaded on 08/24/2008 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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