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TD notes 3 - Theater and Dance 301Final Exam November 3...

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Theater and Dance 301-Final Exam November 3, 2008 The Director oversees artistic production how do you tell if a play is well directed? Responsibilities: interpretation casting rehearsal design integration of all elements The Dramaturg Types: institutional, developmental, production, outreach Production Dramaturg: o a skill set rather than a defined role o asks questions: why this, why here, why now? o researches and prepares play text o “consultant” o educates the public/building events The Directors Process: Pre Production script analysis o plot, characters, “beats” (action/reaction) production research o with or without dramaturg established script: o bio, reviews, context new script: o work with playwright or dramaturg Process 2: Collaboration with the Playwright Types : 1. Interpreter a. delivers the “playwrights intentions” b. maintain setting and staging c. “mid-wife” i. example: classical plays, revivals 2. Translator a. spirit of the play b. directorial concept: metaphor/theme/conversions c. what might it mean… d. keeps text intact 3. Auteur a. from French word “author” b. text as a starting point c. total control over the production d. re-shape/changes/imagines the play text e. eliminates the playwright/director as creator i. example: Peter Brook’s Hamlet ii. Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach iii. LSD (form The Crucible ) Pre Production Collaboration Designers a. build the physical world dramaturges a. script prep, info gathering
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Theater and Dance 301-Final Exam choreographers a. mov’t vocabulary casting Rehearsal Process: Phase One: Tablework and Ensemble building o understanding text, mov’t vocabulary Phase Two: blocking Phase Three: deepen understanding, scene-work Phase Four: repetition and refinement o stumble through run-throughs Phase Five: bringing it together o tech and dress rehearsal Documentary Theater-November 5, 2008 Documentary Theater records controversial events material = interviews, historical research, public records; interviews used verbatim Differentiating from other forms of Theater generally considered more “the truth” than fictional pieces-some problems with this relies on interviews o advantages and disadvantages line between ethnographic and documentary performance thin Performers: o embody real people o interpret actual words spoken by real person o performers often embody multiple, contradictory viewpoints Precedent: Living Newspaper living newspaper in Russia and Germany o Erwin Piscator New Deal, Federal Theater Project current social and political issues episodic, multimedia, had a character who represented the consumer/public/journalist Living Newspaper happens here in Austin grade schools as a way of teaching Case Study: Michael Moore Bowling for Columbine, Sicko, Fahrenheit 911 popular culture documentaries has been accused of being biased; how would we know?
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