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Postmodernism THEA-UT 510

Julia Caine
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These are the notes for the final week of lecture, discussing the distinctions between modernism and postmodernism
Introduction to Theatre Production
Edward Ziter
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theatre, modernism, postmodernism
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Julia Caine on Monday May 2, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to THEA-UT 510 at New York University taught by Edward Ziter in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 11 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Theatre Production in Drama at New York University.

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Date Created: 05/02/16
Postmodernism Key Terms  Jerzy Grotowski- Postmodern acting theorist and director  Jerzy Gurawski- Postmodern designer, worked with Grotowski  Richard Schechner- Postmodern director  Environmental Theatre- Theatre aimed at heightening audience awareness by eliminating the distinction between audience and actors’ space  Ralph Koltai-Postmodern set designer  Ming Cho Lee- Postmodern director  Robert Wilson- Involved in many aspects of postmodern drama  Josef Svodoba- Postmodern theorist  Action Design- Style of theatre created by Jaroslav Malina  Jaroslav Malina- Created Action Design  Applied Theatre- Theatre more focused on effect of performance than beauty of art  Drama Therapy- Drama intended to help patients overcome trauma  Therapeutic Theatre- Drama intended to help patients overcome trauma  Theatre for Development- Drama used to empower communities  Theatre for Education- Drama used to teach  Community Based Theatre- Drama based in a certain group of people Class Notes  Problems with modernism o Describes itself as break from past customs  Search for style rather than style itself o Crisis model  Product of particular problem o Perception model  New way of seeing the world o Strategies  Reversing expected hierarchies  “Things are because we see them” o Life is a copy of art  Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Living  Undermining distinctions between categories  Gender  Undermining distinctions between figure and ground  Figures used to be focus o Now two were melded together  No distinction  Environment is just as important as characters  Metatheatricality  Art that comments on itself o Reminds you that it’s art  Futurism o Focus on speed o Praise of machines  Jerzy Grotowski o Designs done by Jerzy Gurawski o Theorist of acting  Director  Theatre is ritual and communal experience  Create relationship between actor and audience  No costumes, scenery  Only functional props  No fourth wall o Audience is part of performance  Richard Schechner o Postmodern director  All space is both for actors and audience  No unified vision  What happens when modernism becomes norm? o Modernism supposed to break away from norm o Frederick Jamenson o Pick from styles already existing  Create pastiche  Creation of postmodernism  Ming Cho Lee o Postmodern director  Mixing of styles and time periods  Robert Wilson o Actor, dancer, director, sculptor, choreographer, set designer, light designer, sound designer, playwright o Created silent operas  Long pieces  One lasted 12 hours  One lasted 1 week  Josef Svodoba o Live actors intermingled with still and moving projections  Space could move and change o Different scenes happening simultaneously o Used mirrors to create multiple reflections of actors  Action Design o Functionality o Collaboration o Fluid metaphor  Everything on stage is a metaphor o Irony o Actor becomes material of design o Created by Jaroslav Malina  Applied Theatre o Effect is more important than beauty of art  Drama therapy  Therapeutic theatre  Theatre for development


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