THEORIES OF ORIGINS OF THEATER

THEORIES OF ORIGINS OF THEATER - THEORIES OF ORIGINS OF...

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THEORIES OF ORIGINS OF THEATER Origins of Theater Imitation/Mimicry Impulse to imitate other people, act out, impersonate Linked to the origin of theater Egyptian Mythology Egyptian rituals beginning 4,000 BC Ex. Osiris, Dionysus, Christ Greek Tragedy Development of written tragedies in 5 th c. BC that link back to religious themes & performed in the context of the Gods Origins/Influences “City Dionysia” Greek tragedies performed in the context of this annual Dionysus Festival Dionysus = god of wine, intoxication, fertility, revelry Theatrical rituals were developed to honor him Dithyramb Very elaborate hymn with 2 parts Ritual with choreography/dance Performed routinely Thespis Turned Dithyramb into dialogue 1 st actor in ancient Greek theater who performed in Dithyramb May be partly responsible for creating Greek tragedy Aeschylus & Thespis (playwright & actor) who developed form of Greek tragedy influenced by the ritual of the Dithyramb Thespian = performer Funerals Orations of someone who died in story of adventures/battle Origins of Stories/Plots Mythology/history of heroic age of Greeks Homer th c. BC 2 great works: Illiad (Trojan War) & the Odyssey (Greek general Odysseus) Aristotle 1 st theater critic Poetics (4 th c. BC)
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A work that discusses literature Talks about elements of Greek tragedy He is examining this dramatic literature Greek Tragedy Playwrights Aeschylus Earliest Greek tragic author whose plays have survived
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2012 for the course THEA 200 taught by Professor Theaterappreciate/understanding during the Fall '11 term at South Carolina.

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