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Theatre Intro 23:06 What is theatre? Where did theatre come from? Basic parts of theatre – audience, place, story, actors Theatre – 2,500 years old Subjective art – collaboration between audience and actors Meaning comes from the reading of gestures Gesture – physical events Ex. Speech, song, expression, movement, motions, texture, clothes, or anything that the  body does or can inhibit Some gestures are stronger and more meaningful than others Humans are meaning making machines Read world based upon certain assumptions Sometimes we will be right and sometimes wrong We contribute to everything we interpret so the audience is always assisting the  performers The best performers know what gestures to do to get the desired response Theatre does not happen in the mind of the audience or up on the stage but somewhere  in between Theatre behaves according to particular rules called conventions
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Unformatted text preview: The wiling suspension of disbelief The fourth wall - between audience and actors Concept of aesthetic distance Presentational vs. Representational Presentational – talking directly to audience Representational – performing for the audience Play can be both presentational and representational Mediated entertainment vs. live interaction Mediated – computer, TV, cell phone, etc. Mediated is new form of communication 20 th century and modernity Disconnect from live entertainment Collective vs. Community Collective – loosely organized group of people who do work together but are not obligated to do so Don’t always have common goals but are around each other Community – group of people focused on same goals; lots in common in terms of culture 23:06 23:06...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course THEA 104 taught by Professor Tague during the Spring '08 term at University of Delaware.

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