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THEA 2375 Notes - French Staging and Architecture Louis...

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French Staging and Architecture 18/01/2008 08:58:00 Louis XIII Cardinal Richelieu Secures centralized power of king Believed france should be the cultural and artistic center of Europe Strengthened theatre 1641 – Richelieu builds the Palais Cardinal First theatre in france with a permanent proscenium arch Richelieu advocated NEO-CLASSICISM in French art, literature, and theatre Louis XIV Child of Henri IV and … Comes to power in 1660s 17 th  century france = Age of Louis XIV Reigns for 72 years Age 15 – performs as allegorical character of the sun  The Ballet of the Night  (1653) The Sun King
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1661 – establishes the Academie Royale de Danse Great supporter of the arts Knew ability of arts to display the power of the king in France 1682 – Royal court moved to Versailles died in 1715 Louis XV comes after XIV, big surprise 17     th     Century French Theatre Staging     Court performances Palais Cardinal in 1641 Later renamed Palais Royale Italianate perspective scenery used Best sen from one seat, belonging to king Around 1548, Louis XIV gives one company the use of the Palais Royale for their  publis performances – Moliere’s 1548 – the confrerie de la passion purchased land to construct the first purpose- built theatre in paris – l’hotel de Bourgogne Before completed government banned religious drama. Gov. gave the Confrerie control over all theatre in Paris Theatre companies could rent this theatre, or could pay a fee to perform  somewhere else What did it look like? Long rectangle Cramped stage Boxes on sides
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French Staging and Architecture 18/01/2008 08:58:00 Pit area in the middle
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People stood Most chose to be here Pit not originally raked How do we know what it looked like? 1647 carpenter’s contract for renovations gives dimensions, numbers of boxes, height, etc. doesn’t help understanding of stage machinery, backstage areas, color, etc. Memoire de Mahelot What if you couldn’t use either hotel or palais? – use tennis courts Tennis started in middle ages Tennis courts About the same size as hotel de Bourgogne Openings at top of walls to let in light Gallery seats for spectators Flat, open floor space
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How do yo convert a tennis court? Add a raised platform
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course THEA 2375 taught by Professor Deannatotenbeard during the Spring '08 term at Baylor.

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