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Eastern Performances Qwwali/Storytelling/Shadow Theatre 13/11/2007 02:11:00 Qwwali Eastern form of music exists in Pakistan Musical vehicle for ecstasy Fana stage of Nirvana; ultimate ecstasy of dying and uniting with God Sufism Started in the Middle East in the 8 th century It encompasses a diverse range of beliefs and practices more of a spiritual path than a religious path Modern Qwwali Ustad Fateh Ali moved to Seattle and started working with Western artists and made Qwwali more appealing to Western audiences Arab Performance Traditional forms: 1.) Storytelling 2.) Shadow Theatre
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Storytelling Before Islam – storyteller was the town crier During the Islamic era – a new generation of storytellers appeared; they used to tell story of the Islamic prophet Mohammed (FINISH FROM SLIDE) The storyteller the storyteller – or Hakawati – is a person who tells stories in coffee shops in Arab world The storyteller traditions have been maintained in 2 ways: Passing the art of storytelling through a family Through simple observation and reproduction of the performance of another storyteller Long Stories Antra Ebin Shadad 3200 pages/8 volumes – each of which is 400 pages Almalek Aldaher Bebers 180 books – each book is 100 pages (in slang) Stories are about heroes and princes etc. Other short stories Alzeer Salem
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story about the prince who’s invading his tribe from invaders Abo Zeid Alheilaly Props and costumes (in storytelling) Vest Book Chair Fez Order of Ritual Start by thanking God Welcome the foreign audience Tell the Dehleez it’s kind of a funny way of telling what happened last time; told high sophisticated language; then in casual language; then starts the story Followed by thanking God Remind the audience (FINISH FROM SLIDE) Shadow Theatre Theatrical entertainment performed with puppets Originated in China and on the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali
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Flat images are manipulated by a puppeteer b/w bright light and a translucent screen Very popular during the 14 th century in the Arabic world Baba Ibn Daniaal o 1 st playwright to actually script the stories and write them down The ritual Start signaled w/ 2 strikes from Od Begin w/ a welcome to audience from the 2 main characters Karagoz and Aiwaz Present the scene Textual form of the Baba Incorporation of sexual language in order to attract the audience’s attention Presenting a subtle social commentary Staging Simple staging led by 1 performer
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Rehearsal for Revolution Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed 13/11/2007 02:11:00 Augusto Boal (1931-present) Theatre director and theorist  Born and raised in Brazil His theatre techniques and their attention to power inspired by Brazil’s 20 th  century history – especially 1960s and 1970s  Interested in how power is enacted between people and groups
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