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Theater (Drama), Film, Music, and Dance Key Concepts - Theatre Definitions Theater , a collaborative medium of artistic expression, involves a finite live performance by one or more actors, witnessed by an audience in a pre-defined place (usually a theater). Drama , the enduring literary component of theater, is essentially synonymous with it, but the term also describes works written for radio, television, and cinema. Film is a form of entertainment employing a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement to tell a story; it is an art firm; it can refer to individual motion pictures or movies; and it is a term that can also encompass the motion picture industry. Elements of Drama One of the most influential and essential texts regarding the genre of drama is Aristotle's Poetics , which was written 2,500 years ago. In this aesthetic treatise, Aristotle proposed that drama consisted of six essential elements, all of which are still used in the description and analyses of drama today: plot, character, diction (language), thought (theme), spectacle (visual elements) and music (aural elements). The six elements are also referred to in the description and analyses of other related genres, like scriptwriting. Plot describes exactly what happens in the story, from beginning to end, action by action. Character describes each of the persons being depicted in a drama, whether the person is fictional, historical, or contemporary. In a drama, events are arranged so as to create an artistic or emotional effect. The most common arrangement organizes the story into three broad sections—the beginning, the middle, and the end—with unity created by relating the various events to each other by cause and effect. The beginning of a drama is typically where the audience is given information that is essential to its understanding of the story. This opening section is referred to as the exposition . The middle section is called the complication , where the conflicts inherent in the situation are elaborated and developed. The dramatist builds dramatic tension by alternatively motivating and frustrating his or her characters in the accomplishment
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of their specific goals or in the realization of their desires. The section culminates in a moment of maximum intensity and interest, called the climax , in which an important decision or realization is made, or a decisive event occurs. The end section is known as the resolution , but is more frequently referred to as the denouement , a French word meaning, "unknotting." Here the story is characterized by falling action and it comes to its proper conclusion. Ideally, resolution is near, all questions are answered, the fate of the main characters is settled, and harmony or balance is restored to the situation. Aristotle identified several key moments in the structure of a plot that he considered
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