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Intro to Theatre, Week 9 Notes

by: Rebecca Smith

Intro to Theatre, Week 9 Notes CO 1503

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These notes cover World Theatre
Intro to Theatre
William Stockstill
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rebecca Smith on Thursday March 31, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CO 1503 at Mississippi State University taught by William Stockstill in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 11 views. For similar materials see Intro to Theatre in Communication at Mississippi State University.


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Date Created: 03/31/16
Intro to Theatre World Theatre Theatre of Asia Western Theatre  Origins in Athenian Drama  European and American theatre are the main focus th  As communication and travel grew in 19 and 2oth centuries, interest in Eastern and African theatrical traditions increased  Theatre is likely to emerge in any civilization except where it is forbidden by laws (Islam) Asian Theatre  Knew nothing of Greek or Rome theatre  Asian theatre is comprised of different forms  It’s about historical traditions  Western theatre vs. Eastern theatre o Asian theatre relies more heavily on dance than Western o Non-realistic makeup or masks are used in Asian o Structure: non-Aristotelian ideas of action, unity and the interrelated parts of play (not linear storyline) o Acting symbolic and ritualistic as opposes to the mimetic style of the West (each move means something different) o Obscure origin but theorized to come from religious root Indian Theatre  Origin: 3000 BCE  Colorful and vibrant theatre  Sanskrit plays o First recorded plays in history (2600 years ago) o Sanskrit is the classical Indian language o Based on epic tales of the Hindu religion  Epic is a long story that recounts the tale of legendary hero  Basics o Flawed hero who must go through trials on a path to success o Funny side kick o Comic story, never tragic o Themes  Love  Rebirth  Restoration  Redemption  Actors were in mask of specific colors which let the audience know who they were  Music and dance were a major part of any Sanskrit play Chinese Theatre  Origin: 2000 BCE  China has a long history of varying genres or theatre o Zaju (1279-1368)  4 acts  Music sequences where one protagonist sang all the music in any act o Kunqu (kwin-chu)  Plays written exclusively for the aristocracy  Written in a dialect specifically developed for this type of theatre (only aristocrats could understand) o Beijing Opera  Developed from Zaju and Kunqu  Emphasis on actors  Costumes and make-up are color coded  Subject  Monsters  Hero-tales  Fairy tales Japanese Theatre  Noh drama o Formal Japanese theatre o Very long, very slow; ritualistic o Combination of dance, music, and acrobatics o Movements and gestures are carefully choreographed o Movements is the language of the play  Kabuki o One of the most popular forms of theatre o Noh theatre appealed to higher taste o Kabuki is theatre for everyone o Lots of magic tricks o 1603- first Kabuki performance  Female actress performed religious dance in male garb, adding erotic elements to the dance  Kabuki troupes of women began performing dressed as male  Extremely popular with all classes  Got a little too weird and government banned female performer  Males began training to act as women


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