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THEA 1206
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Thursday, 12 January 2017
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Live Performance
the empty space by Peter Brook
- 3 things made something a live performance
1. an empty space
2. someone in it
3. someone watching
rules of live performance for theater
- mistakes cant be edited
- its a one-time experience (it will never be the same than that performance, even if its
the exact same cast and performance, it will never feel the same for the performers or
the audience)
- the show must always go on
- audience: active participation
two-way responsibility of communication and effort
recognition of the original 3D
philosophy of entertainment
- easily digested
- popular, mainstream, commercial
- not necessarily challenging
- can reinforce social norms through objectivity
art
- is for humans (even an animal can be entertained but it wouldnt understand art)
- focused medium or perspective
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- challenges the mundanenot easily digested
- didactic, as it pertains to the human condition
theater
- theater as entertainment comes in the form of plays, musicals, and performance
pieces
- theater as art follows above art rules
its challenging, investigative, critical
an examination of the human condition, for the better
- theater meets
politics = propaganda (bias)
religion = rituals/evangelistic (outwardly focused)
culture = almost always a cultural exploration
cultural exploration
- examining a specific time and place (or an updatee from that time and place)
- making a statement about that time and place through non-traditional or colorblind
casting (ie hamilton)
the pendulum
- there are two opposing sides to the pendulum: empathy and aesthetic distance
- we swing back and forth during an experience
- swinging too far towards empathy can lead to catharsisemotional release
- swinging too far towards aesthetic distance Bertolt Brecht
Brecht believed theater should appeal to the intellect, to the head not heart
his works were emotionally alienating (anti-catharsis)
the purpose of theater is to incite social action
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