Classical Drama to Renaissance Drama

Classical Drama to Renaissance Drama - Classical Drama to...

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Classical Drama to Renaissance Drama Nothing Mellow About It Mellow comes from the French word “melo-drame”- “music-drama” Genre - “kind, type” The World of Melodrama (Star Wars, Enemy of Escape, Horror of Dracula, Enter the Dragon) Form of art that is popular, escapist (not intending to replicate authentic reality/ heightened reality), and sentimental (the appeal is to our feeling rather than to our mind). Clear-cut morality - defines the universe that it is mirroring Whole characters : characters that don’t have a lot of internal division External conflict : get a sharp, vivid, emotional ride Focus on Plot : clear cut moral perspective that is stable, whole characters as expressions, and focus on external conflict rather than internal- this leads to focus on plot Emotional Appeal : if it fails to engage us emotionally, it does not have much appeal Restores Status Quo : gives a more surface experience rather than making us think of our own. Keepin’ It Real Realism in Context Society Philosophy Technology Dramaturgy Theatre Practice Vocabulary Mimesis “imitation” Melodrama- give to the ideals of justice Modernism- dividing line between world of classical and renaissance drama. Modernist has an artistic sensibility to relate to contemporary ideas. They are radically experimental to find new styles. Realism- new style of the modernists. Projecting what melodrama is predicated on. They try to be more honest and authentic. Verisimilitude “life-likeness” Illusionism vs. Theatricality- trying to minimize the fictional nature Goodfellows- introducing us to his partners in crime (there is no clear line drawn between who is good or evil) Society Middle Class Audience- the audience could relate to the people in the dramas Capitalism & Materialism- money wasn’t a concern in Greek Dramas or Renaissance plays, but it is apparent in these dramas. Philosophy Darwin, Marx, and Freud Art + Science Technology
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Proscenium Stage- the sort of stage we are now familiar with, picture frame- looks like we are watching a different world in a picture frame; there is now a division between the world on stage and our world from the audience) Box Sets- arrangement of constructed and painted walls that simulate a set on stage. There is a literal 3D set on stage to give environment in all its fullness. Electric Lights Theatre Practice Director Actor Training [Stanislavsky] - stereotypical in its own light. Ensemble Focus Subtext: surface dialogue and language is pointing to something behind it or beneath it. It sneaks conflict in from underneath. Independent Theatre Movement
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