THEA 1314 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Shia Labeouf, Postmodern Theatre, Magic Realism

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Contemporary Theatre - Postmodernism
Contemporary Performance
From the 1960s to the present
o Breaks down the "distance" between performer and spectator
o Utilizes technology and multimedia
o Fragments experience -- skeptical of "master narratives"
o Recognizes its own theatricality
o Either revels in, or completely dismisses, spectacle
o Is playful
If modern theatre was seeking "truth", postmodern theatre is seeking "real"
Immersive Theatre
Designed to make audience an active, rather than a passive, participant
Performance Art
Concept based
Authentic connection between performer and spectator
Many early performance artists used own bodies to test their physical and artistic limits
Yoko Ono
Shia LeBeouf
i.e. Ice Walk
Theatre which comments on itself by drawing attention to its own production
Usually done in at least one of the five ways :
o Ceremony within a play
o Role-playing within a role
o Reference to reality
o Self-reference of the drama
o Play within a play
Magical Realism
Realism established
Illogical event or element introduced
Typically involves challenge of spatial reasoning
May or may not offer logical explanation
Realism > magic (more realism than magic)
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