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Theatre and Performance Studies

September 9, 2013 Lecture 1 I can take an empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space whilst someone is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged. Yet when we talk about theatre this is quite what we mean. Red Curtains, spotlights, blank verse, laughter, darkness, these are all confusedly superimposed in a messy image covered by one all- purpose word. -Peter Brooks, The Empty Space Theatre is... - the social arrangement of space and time for the purpose of focusing human attention on an aesthetic event - a social event Definitions: Social: between people Aesthetic: beauty and visuals; primarily made to appeal to senses Drama: the enactment of human conflict in the present tense = dramatic theatre Performance: a show (eg. tonight’s performance of Rent); to describe thing theatrical, but not theatre; discussing everyday life with theatrical terms Richard Schechner: defines performance as twice-behaved behaviour (eg. religious ritual – beginning, middle, end) Erving Goffman: “The Performance of Self in Everyday Life”; theatre – metaphor of the society History of Theatre Ancient Greece - Oldest form of theatre and drama - Athens: City Dionysia – festival to celebrate Dionysus - 6 century BCE (500s) – tragedy (Greek word tragos, meaning goat) - theatre competitions... those who won will be given goats as a prize - Thespis: first playwright to win the theatre festival competition in 534 BCE (root of the word, thespian) - Dithyramb: musical ritual – chorus – move in circular manner singing hymns to gods - Greek theatre – retains a chorus; no Greek plays with more than three actors (there can be more characters, but no more than three actors) (eg. Oedipus Rex) - Theatre is a social and political event – all male citizens of Athens are required to attend the festival (women and slaves were forbidden) - Theatre as a social context. - Aeschylus – Greek playwright - Choragos: leader of the chorus in Greek theatre; wealthy person who funded the play – showing off wealth and your talents - voice (competition) - Theatron: means “place to see” – refers to the seating - Skene (ske-ney): paintings on front of the skene; where actors perform - Orchestra: where the chorus performs - Parodos: “parade” both halves of the chorus enter through here to the orchestra - The city provides the background for the theatre – civic and political event Theatron Orchestra Parodos Parodos Skene Ancient Rome th -
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