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Theatre notes Defining Art: uniquely human activity Susanne K. Langer, Feeling + Form “Art is the creation of forms symbolic or expressive of human feeling” Creativity: combining existing elements into something new Stephen Pepper: the basis of criticism in the Arts 1. Given pleasure 2. Stimulates intensity of reaction 3. Appeals by coherence, integration, size of ideas 4. Presents the norm, mimetic: “imitates life” Functions of Art Goethe’s 3 functions: 1. Entertainment: hold attention agreeably 2. Edification: enlightenment, new experience and wider view of life 3. Exaltation: potential for magnificence in the human spirit Secondary schools- most theatre Theatre: are of interpreting ideas, thought, emotions in a live medium -LIVE * Rules for interpretation: -Truth to text- can’t change words - Truth to human condition - Understanding of aesthetics; what affects people and How Stage life vs. Real life Similarities: - Live in interaction - Communication/ choices- everything’s a choice (thought alt) - Adjust roles, “size” of performance - Pattern; conflict; confrontation, crisis, renewal Stages of conflict: Brewing, escalating, de-escalating INTENSITY
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Differences: -Alt choices on stage are conscious - have purpose (make people feel/think/do) – GOAL - Events organized (to make point) - Compression (time) - Economy (action, language) Theatre vs. Film, TV -Characters, directors, designers -Immediacy- risk (real); each performance is different - Intimacy- things shock on stage that don’t on film - Communion- audience helps to create the event; emotional oneness- empathy - Willing suspension of disbelief Theatre as interaction: “performance contract” Audience: agrees to believe world of play, actors as character Artists: create a believable, consistent “world”, illusion of the first time. Conventions: rules by which a performance contract is est. and maintained -Unity of design, acting, and directing choices -Style choices clear from start; level of reality -Type of performance: Presentational/ representational- invisible wall to audience talk to audience Same time and space, as long as both parties agree to continue it Audience stays and actors do good job. Chapter 3 Theatre reflects society: content, style, audiences
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Criticism reflects : -Society (audience expectation) - keep level of quality up -art (educates) Dramatic criticism: interpreting and critiquing the script (“analyst”) Theatre criticism: interpreting and critiquing the production Reviewer CVX CV (newspaper, TV):
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2011 for the course THE 010 taught by Professor Loewy during the Spring '11 term at Kutztown.

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