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UAB - THR 100 - Class Notes - Week 2

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UAB - THR 100 - Class Notes - Week 2

School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department: Theatre
Course: Intro to Theatre
Professor: Joseph Cannon
Term: Fall 2015
Tags: intro to theatre and Theatre 101
Name: THR Lecture 2 Notes
Description: These notes cover our second online lecture. Follow along with the videos posted on canvas and these notes should help. I have included some examples as well.
Uploaded: 02/12/2018
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Lecture 2 Notes 
  Imagination of the Audience  Performer & Audience   How has theater survived with technological enhancements?  -  The relationship between performer & audience   Chemistry of contact  -  We are in presence of the performers & the performers are in our presence (TF)    Group Experience  -  A communal experience 
-  Individuals within a larger group = theatre 
-  Do we need an audience?  “At its most basic, theatre requires someone to walk across an empty space while 
someone else watches
” – Director Peter Brook (TF) 
  Psychology of Groups  Gustave Le Bon’s theory:  -  A collection of people “presents new characteristics very different from those of the individuals  composing it”  Collective Mind  – individual acts different when alone vs. when in a group  (spontaneous)    Audience Makeup & the Theatre Experience  -  The audience is important & who makes it up 
-  Homogenous or variety? 
-  Factors:  
Gender  Race  Socioeconomic background    Geography  Age    Separate Roles of Performers & Spectators  -  Audience involvement – PLAY WITH US! 
Aesthetic Distance  – separation from performance (You understand that this is all a play) (TT)  Observed Theatre  – audience participates vicariously & empathetically  Participatory Theatre:  Direct action  Creative dramatics, sociodrama, psychodrama, drama theory 
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Lecture 2 Notes 
  Imagination of the Audience  -  Their role = creation of the illusion  Willing Suspension of Disbelief (Imagination)  (TF)   Believe in fantasy  Accepting drastic shifts in time and space  Back & forth in time  Anachromism  Examples: you believe there is stuff going on, even though you KNOW it is not real 
 
Imagination = 
Willing Suspension of Disbelief  (TF)  +  Aesthetic Distance  (TT/TP)  Your imagination is REAL & theatre depends on it     Tools of Imagination  Symbol:  sign, token, signifies something else   “Do Not Enter” Sign, meaning without words  Metaphor:  stating that one thing is another in order to describe its meaning, more clearly (that IS  England, the palace, king, etc. in the play)   “My life is a bowl of cherries (wonderful)  Imaginary Worlds of Theatre  Realism:  Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov  Realistic Elements: (TT/TP)  Resembles observable reality  Recognizable characters  Setting & costumes reflect their “real life”  Nonrealism:   Nothing conforms to our observations  Poetry, not prose  Ghosts/fantasy  Dreams & symbols  Surface of life cannot convey whole truth    Stage Reality vs. Fact  Theatre is not the same as everyday life   Anachronism:  when a person, object, event is taken out of their time period & placed in another (TF)  Pantamime (MIME):  pretending to use objects that aren’t there  (driving cars)  

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School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department: Theatre
Course: Intro to Theatre
Professor: Joseph Cannon
Term: Fall 2015
Tags: intro to theatre and Theatre 101
Name: THR Lecture 2 Notes
Description: These notes cover our second online lecture. Follow along with the videos posted on canvas and these notes should help. I have included some examples as well.
Uploaded: 02/12/2018
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