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THEA 203 Week 2 notes

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Important things to know before getting into the complexity of Theatre. These things will be on test 1.
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theatre, audience, Introduction




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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Symone scott on Sunday January 31, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 203 at Northern Illinois University taught by CHRISTINE FUCHS in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 35 views.


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Date Created: 01/31/16
• Theatre is a collaboration of the actor, audience, and space. -Theatre provides a sensory experience for the audience -Audience is actively involved in perceiving processing a lot of stimuli. -Two phenomena happen simultaneously; empathy and aesthetic distance • Empathy: an emotional identification -The ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes -Feel with the characters (not just for them) -a sense of participation/emotional connection to the events or characters • Aesthetic distance: Psychological separation (the distance of art) -sense of detachment -the ability to step back and view the events of stage objectively because they realize the action represented is fictional -a sense of separation and admiration for the performance skill set -*breaking the Fourth wall*- actually speak to audience/being reminded that we are watching a play/prompts audience to discuss • Empathy appeals to the heart • Aesthetic distance appeals to the head • The goal is an integrated experience -Catharsis -Spectators feel "cleansed" or purged of strong emotion by the end of play -Brecht's manipulation of empathy and aesthetic distance (social change) -Zeami the ideal image of performance a flower • ZEAMI (theorist and playwright) -practitioner of Japanese Noh -uses images of nature as a constant metaphor, for example "the flower" -this flower is both an Aesthetic principle and the soul of the actor or character or the play, and it is beyond that a spiritual quest. Every element of the play, every gesture, must be devoted to the flower. -The metaphor of a flower implies that one must possess the flowery skills to achieve anything in Noh Theatre -Zeami felt that learning theatrical skills is sophisticated and complex just like flowers -Zeami also saw the flower as a metaphor for viewing the performance -the flower begins as a bud, sheds petals, and disappears like when an audience sees a theatrical event -according to Zeami, the flower allows us to truly understand what performance is • NATURE OF ACTING - Part of the human condition - People pretend to be someone they are not or claim to believe something other than reality for purposes that are helpful or evil, economic or spiritual, comic, or tragic. - Terms used for actor: hypokrites/ chorus/Mimesis artist (process of imitating a character)/ Persona/Actor THE PRODUCTION OF COLLABORATORS • Playwright • Composer/Lyricist • Producer • Director • Music director • Stage manager- has nothing to do with anything we see on stage, pretty much an administrative assistant, will run rehearsal but won’t change anything. Take notes for director, make sure actor gets breaks/know their lines, run everyone else in production. • Scenic designer-set • Costume designer-clothes • Lighting designer-lights • Choreographer • Actors • House manager • Box office manager-make sure tickets get sold REWARDS OF COLLABORATION • Money • Self-expression • Exploring life from another vantage point • Collaboration itself SPACE • Proscenium: typical Broadway theatre • Thrust space: comes out towards seats • Arena: audience on each side, action in the center • Black box: everything is painted black, it is transformative/flexible. Painted all black to control the distribution of light. • Found space: (example: warehouse/outside/park) not deemed a theatre space but is made into one for a show • Environmental space: example setting in play is a church you find an actual church to put the show in


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