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Theatre 100

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Theatre 100 THR 100

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These notes go over chapter one.
Intro To Theatre
Cheryl D. Hall
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Date Created: 09/07/16
1 Diversity and Recap Definitions: Aesthetic distance: the separation of the audience form the performance. Your imagination. People: Director Peter Brook­ “ At its most, theatre requires someone to walk across an empty space  while someone else watches.” Uncategorized:   Different types of theatre include: o Comedy o Dramatic o Impromptu o Musical o Dance  There are different values just as there are different types  Infinite variety: o Old and new o Classic, cutting edge o Multiethnic, multicultural, political  Plays are offered in an amazing array of performance spaces.  Performance spaces: o Inside and outside o Elegant, modern autonym’s o Bare stages  How has theatre survived? o The relationship between the audience and the performers prepare a special  relationship and chemistry of contact o We are not just in the presence of the performers o They are also in our presence  Group Experience: o Provides a community experience which art form doesn’t demand a group o Audience does not contemplate theatre individually but rather as individuals  within a larger group o Without an audience there cannot be a theatrical event  Psychological Groups o Gustave Le Bon theory of group behavior  Collection of people “presents new characteristics very different from  those of the individuals composing it  Could develop creative minds which makes them feel, think, and act in a  manner that is quite different from that in which each individual of them  would feel think and act where he is in a state of isolation.  Makeup o It is not just important to have an audience but also to know where the audience is 1 2 o Are the audience members homogenous or from a variety of backgrounds?  Factors that contribute: o Gender o Race o Socioeconomic background o Geography o Age     POWERPOINT SLIDES ON CANVAS, VIEW!!!!  Audience is willing suspension of disbelief o Believe in a fantasy o Accept shifts in time o Rapid movements back and forth o Audience mut be as willing to use its imagination as are the performers  Willing suspense+ aesthetic distance= imagination (is real). 2 1 Chapter 1 class notes Definitions:  TF­ Theatre Fact­ Terminology, historic figures, historic locations  TT/TP­ Theatre Theory/Theatre Principle­ Rules, beliefs, policies, procedures Uncategorized:  Theatre is a source of foundation  All electronic or media events have their roots in theatre: Film, T.V., Radio, Drama TF  Theatre is the enactment of a drama onstage before an audience TF  Curtain in an intention for the audience to wonder  Audience and Author: o Theatre is alive o Happens before our eyes o We are participants  How is theatre different from visual arts? o Each instant is a direct immediate experience o Theatre is temporal art o Every instant is direct  Perpetual present tense  Happening NOW  Theatre focuses on human concerns  Even if characters are insects or animals the play is about people.  Insects or animals are often decoys so you can continue to believe that humans do not do  such horrific things  Theatre focuses on human concern  Old plays are played and acted out because things may have changed but not human  behavior.  PEOPLE ARE STILL PEOPLE  We still talk in vain, become jealous, accidently switch babies at birth, humans make  mistakes. TT/TP  Theatre is found in virtually every culture in recorded history TF  Theatre involves presentation, costumes, audiences, actors.  Ceremony­ the event, religious or not  Ritual­ the procedure, acting of established, prescribed procedure, repeated in specific  ways to reinforce specific beliefs. TF  Political rallies/conventions are also ceremonies because there are scripts and  announcements  Art or Entertainment? o Both art and entertainment o One or the other  What is the purpose of theatre? 1 2 o Entertain o Teach o Escapism o To feel some type of way o Expression  Theatre is the process of deciding  To articulate beliefs  In most countries theatre has become a significant art form  Greece is considered the birthplace of theatre  Today theatre is influential in different cultures  Theatre is multiethnic, performances, crossover, avenged experiment People:  Aristotle: “Drama is an imitation of an action.” TF  Aristotle noticed something different in theatre, the difference of poetry and tragedies are  called a drama.  Aristotle uses different mediums to create their work. Photographs, cameras, and  computer software are often used to create works of art or to alter. 2


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