THE-2000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Mimesis, Gesamtkunstwerk, Bunraku

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What is Theatre?
Theatre can be “a form of art usings words and actions” “ME” “a way for individuals to express
themselves” “Drama that takes place on stage” “Experiencing what it is like to be another person in
another world” “storytelling with a sparkle”
Theatre is whatever it means to you
How do pros and scholars define it?
Aristotle- original theatre scholar
Aristotles Poetics (335 BC), scientific approach to theatre
How theatre started, why people had reason to do dramatic things
Figured Humans have innate mimetic desire and tell stories by acting out
Mimesis- imitation
People want to show off
Due to this, the is universal
Childhood games and roleplaying are basic examples
Basic level has:
Actor or performer(s)
Audience
Text- some sort of plan or plot, not necessarily rigid or set in stone, an ending is known
“Liveness”- can be changed and affected, audience can affect show, actors response and decisions can
make relationship
Other performances:
ie basketball, no set ending, simply someone will win
Juggler, No development or variation, no interaction
Wedding- No actors
Baptism- No connection to audience, no reciprocal interaction
Film- No living factor
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