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by: Louisa Ratke


Louisa Ratke

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Deanna Downes

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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Louisa Ratke on Thursday October 29, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to THTR 1009 at University of Colorado at Boulder taught by Deanna Downes in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 30 views. For similar materials see /class/231817/thtr-1009-university-of-colorado-at-boulder in Theatre at University of Colorado at Boulder.




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Date Created: 10/29/15
CHAPTER 1 Performative activities theatrical events in everyday life weddings funerals graduations role playing PerformativePerforming arts formal ceremonies rituals celebrations and religious services occur on a certain date during the year Theatrical arts actors on some kind of stage before an audience dramatization of a story a scenic environment costumes Walter Kerr quotIt doesn t just mean that we are in the personal presence of performers It means that they are in OUR presence conscious of us speaking to us working withfor us until a circuit that is not mechanical becomes established between us a circuit that is fluid unpredictable ever changing Theatre is transitory and immediate it changes from moment to moment Bernard Beckerman quotTheatre is nothing if not spontaneouslts permanent features facets of activity such as scenery script stage people are no more theatre than the two poles of a generator are electricity Theatre is what goes on between the parts Theatre focuses on HUMAN BEINGS Differences between theatre and literature Live transitory nature of theatre Relationship bt audience and performers see Walter Kerr quote Meant to be performed leaves the writer s hand and is THEN created Brecht llThis isn t the century of theatre it is the century of football African American theatre black theatre 1930 s Federal Theatre Project created a new generation of African American theatre artists who would develop the theatre in the 40 s and 50 s Asian American theatre Asians initially strictly played sterotypes 19quot start of 20 h century 197080 s shift away from stereotypes 1996 The King and I is cast for Asian characters Hispanic theatre Chicano Cuban American and Puerto RicanNuyorican Native American theatreno NA theatre tradition rather there were spiritual and social traditions that had theatrical elements Global theatre the way one geographical area is conscious of theatre in other areas Political theatre polemic theatre theatre with a political agenda Feminist theatre more than 100 feminist companies in US Gay amp Lesbian theatre The Boys in the Band 1935 Performance Art a single artist who presents material that is autobiographical sometimes in an environment that is innovative or unusual Avant GardeExperimental theatre expressionism surrealism absurdism and theatre of cruelty multimedia theatre CHAPTER 2 Aesthetic distance the separation between theatre spectators and the performance in order to see and hear what is happening onstage and thus absorb the experience Participatory theatre you don t have the aesthetic distance sociodrama psychodrama freezing Grand Central Station Coolridge quotWilling suspension of disbelief Theatre of FactDocudrama when you stage something verbatim of how it happened in history Flashbacks abrupt movements from the present to the past and back again Anachronism placing some character or event outside its proper time sequence example having people from the past speak and act as if they were living today Symbol a sign token or emblem that signifies something else Status symbol is a frank recognition of the importance if personal possessions in conferring status on the owner Realism elements that resemble observable reality follows predictable logic of everyday life Nonrealism elements that include everything that does not conform to our observations of surface reality poetry instead of prose ghosts rather than fleshandblood people abstract forms for scenery etc Soliloquy a solitary character speaks to the audience expressing in words a hidden thought llTo be or not to bequot Pantomime performers pretend to be using objects that are not actually present CHAPTER 3 Absurdist plots illogicality cyclical structures lack of concrete llbeginning middle endquot Absurdist language nonsense and non sequitur irrational or debased language Absurdist characters existential beings element of the ridiculous lack of history and specificity in the development of characters Theatre of the absurd 1896 Beckett Metatheatre story within a story


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