DI - Lecture Notes Week 1-4 Fall 2009

DI - Lecture Notes Week 1-4 Fall 2009 - DRAMATIC...

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Unformatted text preview: DRAMATIC IMAGINATION Fall 2009 LECTURE NOTES Week 1 Tuesday What was the first Performance? Ritual: Rain Dance – worship of gods “Each society develops numerous conventions which serve as unconscious guidelines of behavior that may be viewed as rituals that define societal relationships, and it seeks validation of thee conventions through religion, morality, law, or social utility.” – p.3 Ritual to Performance p.2 – the story of the ritual lives on and the ritual is acted out under conditions divorced from ritualistic concerns What are some examples of performative elements that we may experience in our lives? Performative Activities? Realization that many things we do in our lives are performative…why was this recognized as important? We like imitation We like aesthetically pleasing things We like seeing our human problems in a detached way Ritual/Performance has goals – what are they? Ritual require conscious participation in the manipulation of the performative elements Performance requires “Willing Suspension of Disbelief”- What is that? Discussion: The Role of the imagination in performance: • It is the imagination that ultimately allows us to enjoy novels, bedtime stories, films, and the performing arts. • Through this course – let’s examine the ways the arts are valued and why and by whom – or why no… • Examine the differences between live performance compared to film, TV and other forms of pop culture • Let’s answer the questions are the performing arts viewed as elitist and why? Do performing arts companies view themselves as elitist? Performing arts speak to us on a human scale because they use live human beings Ritual – the role of gods – origins of theatre are based in the relationship between gods and humans…but as time goes on, we’ll see, the emphasis on the relationships shift and it’s all about humans. Most of all we live performance utilitizes human being on stage…this brings right up front and center into focus HUMANITY. Week 1 Thursday • Elements of Performance – what are the three things absolutely essential to Theatre? o Discussion in groups of 10 o Play, Performance, Audience o A performs B for C Week 2 Tuesday • Elements of Performance o What is performed, The Performance, The Audience o A performs B for C o Play, Production, Audience o P. 17 Wilder’s ideas • P. 20 multiple intelligences o All the different geniuses Stephen King Albert Einstein Mozart...
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