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Week 11 Notes for THTR 1020 Professor King. "The World" Notes
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Date Created: 04/30/16
THTR 1020 Week 11 Notes 04/30/2016 ▯ ▯ Monday 4/18: In class: Globalization and world theatre  RITUAL ORIGINS OF THEATRE o “Many thousands of years ago people used rituals to help them understand and deal with their environment… they developed ceremonies to try to influence the intangible forces they believes controlled the cosmos.” o Catharsis, the mirror, the hammer… intangible forces o Non-Western, even contemporary Non-Western, theatre is often closely tied to ritual origins o We can translate words, but can we translate intangible forces?  CODES AND CONVENTIONS o Codes  Body  Verbal  Commodity  Symbols that indicate greater social and cultural significance than face value o Conventions  Est. common language to decipher and interpret the code  How?  Repetition  Education  Formalization  SOME TERMS: o Globalization  The action, process, or fact of making global  The process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating at an international scale, widely considered to be at the expense of national identity o Culture  The distinctive ideas, customs, social behavior, products, or way of life of a particular nation society, people, or period o Intercultural performances  Theatre that combines elements of different culturally specific performance types in order to bring about a dialogue between cultures that are distant from one another in space and time  WESTERN AND NON-WESTERN THEATRE o Western  Theatre deriving from Ancient Greece / Aristotle’s traditions  Called Aristotelian  Places  Europe  Britain  North America o Non-Western  All other forms of drama in the REST OF THE WORLD including the MOST POPULOUS PLACES IN THE WORLD  Places  Japan  China  Africa  India  Middle East  KATHAKALI – INDIAN DANCE DRAMA o Started in 17 century o “Story Play”  Dramatized versions of Hindu epic poems Ramayana and Mahabharata o Training from young age  6 years to learn the basics  Most Kathatkali ‘experts’ are in their 40s o Gestures  Hand movements and facial movements have formal symbolic meanings and take years of training to master o Duration  The clip that we watched was one line of text ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Wednesday 4/20: Class cancelled. ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Friday 4/22: In class: Globalization and world theatre, Harvest and science fiction. Read for class: Harvest  KABUKI THEATRE – JAPAN o Supernatural and physical world are the same place, not divided o Also 17 century, arising out of an earlier form of theatre called Noh, but with greater mass appeal o Mie  Striking pose that reveals power of character underlined by clapping of ki  TAKARAZUKA REVUE  WHY STUDY THIS? o Why study the global stage?  There is already a bias towards western/white euro theatre  There is an ethnocentrism in Western theatre o What does theatre do that is unique?  It can break conventions  Ex. Hamilton play is o Is theatre’s role mole loaded/more necessary to observing how globalization has affected us?  Why or why not? o You way of engaging with the world at large o Again, can we truly know something if we have lived outside its context?  IMPACT OF GLOBALIZATION o Creating a worldwide culture = loss of heritage and specify o Creating a worldwide culture = gaining common ground for a new collective experience  MANJULA PADMANABHAN o Writes plays, comic strips, children’s books, journalism, novels, and memoirs o Satirist o Literalizing ‘fundamental practices of globalization’ and their impact on the Third World o Harvest won the Onassis Prize for Theater o 1999 premiered. In what year is this play set?  2010  HARVEST o Om  Making a better life o Jeetu  Against the system / for the system o Jaya  Insists on real contact instead of a one-way exchange o Ma  Irretrievably submerged in modern values o Ginny / Virgil  Represent a better life that cannot be achieved by the others  That depends on the others  FIRST WORLD / THIRD WORLD EXCHANGES o Virgil  Nothing I have said is untrue o Jaya  There is no closeness without risk! o Is there closeness without risk? ▯ ▯ ▯


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