Art of Theatre Week 1
Art of Theatre Week 1 THEA 11000
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Date Created: 09/04/16
8/31 – Stage Spaces There are five major types of theatre spaces: -Proscenium/Picture Frame More traditional type of theatre Stage is directly in front of audience, perspective, audience all faces in one direction. Audience seats are raked Stage is like a picture frame Right/left wings Elaborate backdrops (Fly lofts are used to hide scenery) Broadway houses are this -Arena Stage and audience is in a round, audience wraps around the stage Provides an intimate setting, multiple perspectives Seats are also raked Originated in tribal ceremonies and Ancient Greece Hard to use elaborate scenery because it will block someone's sight line -Thrust Combo of the elaborate scenery/backdrops of the proscenium and the intimacy of the arena Audience seats are tiered on floors, coupled with a pit near the stage Stage juts out into the audience Originated in Greece and Rome Most Elizabethan theatres, like Shakespeare's Globe, are this -Created and found: Converted/improvised space Can be pretty much anywhere and be for pretty much anything. Can seek a place that already fits the play Sometimes location may be a problem (space may be out of the way) -Black box: Empty room that can be adapted into various theatre spaces Can be any layout you want, meld it into what is best for your play Smaller than any other theatre space. Setup dictates how many people can fit in the space -Site specific Presenting your theatre on some sort of odd, non-theatre space. In order to make a theatre space, you need a performance space, and an audience space -Street theatre Well, doing theatre on the street! -Multi Space Like a three ring circus Stuff happens simultaneously alongside the theatre production One person can't experience the whole thing due to focus shift 9/2 – What is Theatre? What is theatre? Live performance Musicals like Into the Woods Self-expression Drama Comedy Good story (or a bad story) Art form Entertainment! Components of theatre Audience Writing Characterization Performers Point or meaning of the piece Space to perform in Costumes The most basic components: ACTORS SPACE WRITING/STORY AUDIENCE "What is Theatre?" articulate Theatre-theatricality (like at a rock concert or in TV/movies) Theatre was the only dramatic art for over 2000 years Immediacy of audience-performance relationship makes theatre Transitory in nature, requires continuous change Script is written to be performed, outline to the performance Theatre focuses on human beings only. The Human Story. Very multicultural Audience Response Collective energy - audience decides the response almost universally The entrances are designed to captivate the audience and make the audience attach to the character Everything was a deliberate choice, costuming, lighting, atmosphere, entrance. Importance of director. Make the audience absorb into the world, the characters, the story, the atmosphere Where else would you find theatre? Department stores (fragrances, music, lighting to drive people to buy, deliberate choices! Product demos, keynotes This very classroom! (the atmosphere) The news - common complaint of modern journalism Politics - totally staged! Theatre is all around you - every day!
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