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UWEC - THEA 125 - Class Notes - Week 9

School: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Department: Theatre
Course: Intro Theatre-History
Professor: Jennifer Chapman
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: antirealism, Realism, modernism, sixcharactersinsearchofanauthor, week9, antirealismexpressionism, surrealism, dada, and futurism
Name: Intro to Theater History: Week 9
Description: anti-realism, reactions to modernism, six characters in search of an author, expressionism, surrealism, dada, futurism
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background image Intro to Theater History Week 9 (10/29/2018- 11/02/2018)    anti-realism:  ​​1915 - 1945 (WWII)  - truth is knowable and singular (where do we find truth?)  - reaction to realism  - catharsis is a problem  - still a part of the modern era  - suggests truth is beyond what we can see, beyond words   
symbolism: 
​​rejects the idea of the relationship between perception and representation  - more depth  - represent truth through imaginability, spirituality, and subconscious  - truth exists beyond what is seen (beyond words)   
forerunners (in art) 
- symbolism, expressionism, surrealism, futurism   
six characters in search of an author:  
- shut down 3x before it was produced  - setting is an empty stage   - argument of characters is a metaphor in setting   
irony: people go to theater to examine the truth, but everything is fake 
 
- characters argue about what truth is told 
 
madame pace= step daughter’s employer (pimp) 
mother wears black, mourning her dead lover 
father eventually comes back to care for children 
 
how are characters experiencing time? - past event? real time? 
- little girl drowns in fountain, little boy shoots himself with revolver  - did they die in real time?   
final image -
​​ step daughter jumps off stage, runs into audience, closes door, laughs in lobby     
background image - does the step daughter cease life after passing through dimensions?   
what truth exists in this space that is fake? 
 
-pirandello was influenced by his wife, (paranoid, schizophrenia) 
-who is to say what she sees/hears isn’t real?   
expressionism: 
​​argues truth comes from an artist’s feelings  lines and brush strokes (in art) force you to feel something, convey emotional state of artist  - strategies eventually adopted by film  -response to the anxiety that people feel b/c of their relationship with a discordant world and 
accompanying feelings of authenticity and spirituality 
 
-art should come from within the artist, instead of being a depiction of the world (doesn’t work well with 
theater) 
-expression is not peaceful, pastorale 
 
surrealism: 
​​access subconscious  - experiences we cannot talk about  - deepest, darkest thoughts, and feelings (dreams and nightmares)   
plays draw a relationship between ancient and modern values 
- episodes, not scene to scene  - series of ideas put together   
six characters in search of an author: characters are aristotelian 
- rehearsal = nonlinear (nothing happened)   
how can theater be in pursuit of the truth when everything is fake? 
 
- question everything, doesn’t work to show subconscious of character on stage   
futurism and pada:
​​ visual and performance art  - difficult to categorize  - truth only exists in chaos, embrace randomness/incoherence of everyday life  - authorial voice of artist   
futurist plays: 
​​snippet, weird  distill interaction in a tiny thing -doesn’t work well in theater   
dada:
​​ revived in 60’s/70’s in NYC  - begins with marcel duchamp 
idea voice of artist is nonexistent - who is the author to answer the question? 
your interaction with the art is what matters 
- improv (w/ structure) 
(no scenes) (chaos = truth) 
 
theatre of cruelty:
​​ (book) antonin artaud 

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School: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Department: Theatre
Course: Intro Theatre-History
Professor: Jennifer Chapman
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: antirealism, Realism, modernism, sixcharactersinsearchofanauthor, week9, antirealismexpressionism, surrealism, dada, and futurism
Name: Intro to Theater History: Week 9
Description: anti-realism, reactions to modernism, six characters in search of an author, expressionism, surrealism, dada, futurism
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