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Unformatted text preview: DRAM 116 Class Notes Fall 2007 AUGUST 22, 2007 • TO PERFORM: o Create a character that is both a part of and separate from ourselves o Human need; fundamental o Heart of theatre • 3 types of performances: personal, community, and professional • “We perform to protect ourselves” – We perform for power and security AUGUST 24, 2007 • Community Performance o Ritual – bond community by reinforcing values, history, goals Wedding ceremony Graduation Birthdays Sporting events Funerals Beauty pageants Parades AUGUST 27, 2007 • Multiple Realities? o For an audience, it can be one of the most powerful experiences. o Mysterious phenomenon • Professional performance (3 rd type of performance) • In many ways theatre parallels life o Theatre is “alive” with its immediate communion with its audience o Theatre, ten, is a living art form, continually before us in present time until the final moment • Theatre bears a unique relationship to the aliveness it mirrors o What are these parallels between theatre and life? (see lecture notes from 8/29) AUGUST 29, 2007 • 6 parallels between theatre and life: o Humanity Actors o Reality Simulation DRAM 116 Class Notes Fall 2007 o Spontaneity Im provisation o Society Audiences o Learning Rehearsal o World Stage (“ All the world’s a stage…” ) • Theatre’s doubleness o Provides a sense of life reflected on stage o Audience experiences the actor as actor and fictional character o The actors are human beings playing at being other people; the stage is a platform that pretends to be another world • The m irror o The Elizabethans thought the theatre m irrored life. Shakespeare had Ham let describe the purpose of acting in Act 3, Scene 2 (“ Speak the speech I pray you…” ). Looking into a m irror is in a sense, like going to the theatre. • The actor o Acting is doing. Acting is portraying a character’s wants and needs through art istically t ruthful behavior that reflects a character’s psychological and emotional life. • Acting is NOT: o Showing o Narrating o Illust rat ing o Exhibit ing AUGUST 31, 2007 • Acting is not dressing up and displaying emotions! • As a creative artist, the actor… o Selects sensory responses (both physiological and emotional in search for: Selected behavior pertinent to a character’s needs within the given circumstances of the play • The actor’s reality o The actor’s goal is to tell the character’s circumstances in the play’s story as effectively as possible o Those circumstances are the essential conditions in the play’s world that include time (when), place (where), and surroundings (what) o The actor must concentrate on the truth of the character’s behavior – his or her sensory responses, psychological motives and objectives – in the context of the performance or the audience • External techniques (outside to inside) DRAM 116 Class Notes Fall 2007 o He or she approaches a role through a deep and passionate study of human...
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