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Objective reporting Expressionism: interpreted a moment, actively o Subjective interpreting o Evokes a mood/feeling ° Epic Theatre Associated with Brecht Chapters/episodes within the play and spans a huge timespan Wanted to disrupt the expectations of the audience Goals of the Epic Theatre o Force critical thinking about the issues at play
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o Provoke the audience to act for change Dramatic techniques to achieve those goals o Prevent audience empathy o Confound expectations: distance the audience and make them feel estranged/alienated Verfremdungseffekt : alienation/being brought up to a critical awareness of what’s happening so you’ll judge it ^^that’s what he really used primarily distancing/alienation achieved through o cultural/historical settings o episodic structure not climatic structure: one thing after another not one thing out of/leading to another o music and songs that comment on action- almost like a musical o projected/written titles or text to tell the audience what’s going to happen in a scene o presentational stagecraft o presentational acting- wanted the audience to not forget that they were actors, not adopt the actual character o antithetical elements- things that don’t naturally go together used to draw your focus/critical awareness (woman pulling the coach, doing laundry on a cannon- is that ok/does that look right?) o epic in scope (subject, time, distance, nature of the story) ° Brecht Greatly influenced by Erwin Piscator, a director He adopted several of Piscator’s philosophies o Drama must serve revolutionary ends o Style should be simple, direct, and clear o New techniques should help convey meaning ° SUMMARY Aristotelian dramatic theatre o Climactic structure (rising action, climax) o Seeks emotional catharsis Brechtian (epic) theatre o Episodic structure (series of related episodes) o Seeks critical observation
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