Lecture 2

Lecture 2 - Lecture 2 13:03:00 ← Homework 174 the first...

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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 2 30/08/2010 13:03:00 ← Homework: 174, the first 20 pages the bacchae ← ← Elements of Drama: Aristotle’s Six • Aristotle: Poetics (335 BC) • Hierarchy of Importance: Classical Modern Plot Plot Character Character Thought Theme Diction Language Music Rhythm/Acting Spectacle Stagecraft o ← 8 th century: • Homeric myths/epic poetry (the Odyssey) • Dionysian festivals/religious choruses o Dionysis is the God of wine/inspiration/sexual ecstasy o Festivals done by a group of 50 men • Institution of the polis o City state o Drama represents the role of the individual in this new city-state • Origins of Greek Democracy • First Olympic Games • City Dionysia in Athens o Yearly festival held in spring o Huge party ← 6 th Century: • Thespis ← 5 th Century: • drama emerges as a art form in Athens ← Lecture 3 30/08/2010 13:03:00 ← City Dionysia Social/Civic/Political Event—Greek Drama’s Context ← Epic Poetry Secular Oral Narrative Tradition—Artistic Precedent ← Dithyrambs Sacred Choral Tradition—Religious Practice ← Combines: Politics/Art/Religion ← • Athens uses art not to escape from life, but to engage with it more fully The Bacchae • Link: Dionysus (where the play was performed as well) • Form: Tragedy • Goal: Catharsis ← ← Plato, Republic (375 BC) • Was against people going to dramas to ‘escape’ ← Aristotle, Poetics (335 BC) • Held an opposing view • Catharsis borrowed term from medicine and used it to describe a pressure release by being lifted up into a poetic expression of emotion o Waiting to Exhale ← Issues in Greek Tragedy • Occasion what it was written for • Space much different than current conditions o Orchestra (dancing place) where main acting took place o Skene (tent) building behind orchestra Limited where the audience could see Backdrop o Theatron (seeing plays) where audience would watch from • Roles • Chorus • Politics • Scale heightened reality ← Greek Mimesis = Ritual, Formal, Poetic, Non-Illusionist ← Greek Performance Conventions • Male actors • Masks • Verse & song/dance • 3 actors + chorus ← ← Lecture 4 30/08/2010 13:03:00 ← Waiting to Exhale/Bacchae • Setting: Phoenix vs. Ancient Thebes • Character: Bernardine vs. Dionysus • Language: Prose vs. Poetry • Style: Modern Naturalism vs. Greek Tragedy ← Waiting to Exhale/Diary of a Mad Black Woman • Character: Bernardine vs. Dionysus vs. Madea • Comedies and Dramas can relate the same scene in different lights ← Kable’s Krucial Keys to Komedy • Objectivity o Anything that happens to us is severe, but if it happens to others it’s...
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