THE 191 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Active Listening

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Published on 21 Apr 2016
School
Miami University
Department
Theatre
Course
THE 191
Professor
Theatre 191
Art
· What does art convey?
o Ideas about meaning
o Builds skill
o Expresses certain problems in society
o Conveys emotion and beauty
o It is a portrayal of reality
· How do we deem what is aesthetically pleasing or beautiful?
Aesthetics are what we see. when we say something has aesthetic value, we
mean what we deem is beautiful. In women, society views beauty as skinny, big boobs,
tan, long legs, clear skin. In 1500s Italy, society considered the ideal women to be
bigger, pale, wealthy. Aesthetics depend on culture, generation, personal experience,
what the dominant culture looks like, our surroundings and circumstances.
What we deem to be beautiful
· What are varying ideas of the functions of art?
To entertain
The distinction as we frame it in this class, when we talk about art we are usually
talking about the fine arts; but that does not negate that something can be artful.
Anything can be artful.
Formula: A performs B for C in X
The actor performs a drama or play for an audience in the designated space.
Broader than theatre is performance
We are performing a cultural script as a student. This includes active listening,
participating, note-taking.
The cultural script of a professor is teaching, engaging with students,
What we deem as good or normal is also culturally specific.
Notes from Videos on Module 1
Functions of Dialogue
1. advances plot
2. expresses character
3. Provokes and embodies action
4. compresses emotion
5. sets mood, tone, and style
Tips for Reading Plays
1. Go slowly until you learn characters’ relationships and environment
2. Refer to cast list - to become more familiar with them
3. Read stage directions as they can offer valuable insights into all characters
4. Imagine what characters are like and their actions
5. Look up any words or references that you are unsure of
Drama is the story/text of humankind - it is fine art, not practical art
Theatre is an art form dedicated to telling the story, it is the medium through
which the story is told.
4 Qualities of Art
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What does art convey: ideas about meaning, builds skill, expresses certain problems in society, conveys emotion and beauty, it is a portrayal of reality. Aesthetics are what we see. when we say something has aesthetic value, we mean what we deem is beautiful. In women, society views beauty as skinny, big boobs, tan, long legs, clear skin. In 1500s italy, society considered the ideal women to be bigger, pale, wealthy. Aesthetics depend on culture, generation, personal experience, what the dominant culture looks like, our surroundings and circumstances. The distinction as we frame it in this class, when we talk about art we are usually talking about the fine arts; but that does not negate that something can be artful. Formula: a performs b for c in x. The actor performs a drama or play for an audience in the designated space. We are performing a cultural script as a student.

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