Study Guide for final - T HEATER-What is r itual Repeated...

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THEATER -What is ritual ? Repeated behavior to achieve a desired result. -What is theater ? A performance that places human experience before a group of people – the audience- in the present moment. -What makes theater unique ? Immediacy Alive Doubleness - Essential parallels Actors—humanity Simulation—reality Rehearsal—spontaneity Audience----society Name three different theater spaces - Three essential components of theater - audience, actor, action 2 essential components of theater space ? Audience, actor Acting- believable behavior under given circumstances Greek / Asian style of acting- stressed formal movement and stylized gestures. Both forms used masks and Asian actors often wore richly textured make up. 18 th and 19 th century - acting style alternated between exaggerated and naturalistic. Contemporary - portraying a characters wants and needs through artistically truthful behavior that reflects a characters psychological and emotional life.
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Constantin Stanislavski – trained work from inside outward – get inner truth and portray outside; personal/inner truth; enter imagined world of play; act realistically The magic “If” – “if in ___ situation what would I do”; give truthful living experience not imitation The actor’s tools – Objective reflect character’s psychological and emotional life NOT o Showing o Narrating o Illustrating o Exhibiting Creative artist o Selects sensory responses o Selected behavior within given circumstance of play Actor’s Reality o Tell chracter’s circumstances The play’s: Time (when), place (where), surroundings (what) o Focus on truth of character’s behavior in play’s context and NOT in performance or audience External technique – from outside inward o Deep/passionate study of human behavior in its outward forms and reproduces them o David Garrick – English actor; approached as imitation of life mimical behavior Internal – from inside outward o Creative Intuitive, subconscious, and subjective Behavior pertinent to character’s needs Actions involve moment-to-moment subjective experience See Stanislavski (above) See MAGIC “IF” (above) Uta Hagens 9 ?s o Who am I o What time is it o Where am I o What surrounds me
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o What are the given circumstances o What is my relationship(s) o What do I want (objective/intention/goal/victory) o What do I do to get what I want (tactics/actions/activities) o What is in my way (obstacles) Neutral Scene Slide??? Physical/Mental Facets of an Actor o Voice o Impulses o Body o Concentration o Imagination Auditioning, Rehearsals and Performances Unions o AEA o SAG o AFTRA Warm Up o Vocal, body, imagination Basics/Recap: o Importance of movement and voice training?
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