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THAR 201 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Century Child, Japanese Writing System, Zaju

Theatre Arts
Course Code
THAR 201
Quackenbush Anne
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Why Theatre?
Theatre exists everywhere: anytime, anywhere.
The impulse toward theatre is universal to all societies, whether it takes the form
of rituals, religious ceremonies, celebrations, or more conventional theatrical
Theatre reflects society.
Why do people choose theatre over storytelling?
o There are more senses involved, it eists i tie, it’s iediate, iages
are supplied for youmakes it become more believable.
The willing suspension of disbelief: put the brakes on your mind that you’e
sitting in a theatre, willingly believe.
As an extension of a religious ceremony or a cultural expression.
What’s the diffeee etee a eligious eeo ad a theate podutio?
o Validation, there is a reason for religious ritual, specific causal
relationship; they have a specific reason for being, when the aesthetics
trump the causal effect it is theatre.
At the basis of how we learn as human beings is imitation.
The roots of theatre can be seen in mimesis (to imitate).
The ancient Greeks applauded theatre: it had a very high place within society.
Greek is the basis of Western theatre.
The theate of Geee has’t ee otiuall pefoed sie its ieptio.
Agreement of separation between crowd and performers is a staple of Western
theatre as to nonwestern believing that the community is a part of the
The Difference Between Ritual and Ceremony
o Ceremonies: formalized actions, meant to sanction a concept
o Ritual: usually more of a rite, has a cause and effect relationship
We learn from imitation, the early origins of theatre ties into the idea of mimesis
(imitation). Ex) hunter acting like the lion in the story.
We are communal beings, we feel safer as a group.
Theatre is a collaborative meaning.
Just like in theatre we put on masks as to who we are being or what we are
Masks play a huge part in our everyday lives, and they have also been the icons
of theatre (tragedy/comedy).
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Masks are transformative, liberating, helps your courage, gives you freedom to
try things you ould’t usuall t, eouage the iagiatio, a just e
aesthetically pleasingwe like how they look.
As westerners we are very logo centric. It is important that we know that we
transfer things into words. The physical enactment is the right.
The moment of aw as a contact with something different is important
For those who are apart of the rituals it is informative, important
The rituals are transformative
They little rely on words and logic
Theatre of India
Close to traditional Indian rituals
Vedassacred scriptures, hymns are sung to gods and goddesses (similar to
o Reenact events as part of teaching
BrahmaHindu deity, believed that Brahma received drama to give
enlightenment to humans and other gods, original conception of drama
o Wrote texts on stage theories and practices
o Then passed on to humans, The Natyasatrasacred text (Fifth Veda) on
dramatic theory and stage practices (4 CE)
o Even though it was a sacred texts it was passed on to the humans and
SivaHindu deity, brought dance to theatre
o The Lod of Dae
o Dance and theatre are very comingled in Indian culture
o Assoiated ith tie ad death, legth of dae is eual to oe’s
VishnuHindu deity, created theatrical styles
o The Pesee
Indians say performance and dance are part of their religion
Sanskrit drama--court drama, in existence till 1000 CE
o Very formal drama of the court
o Very literary drama
o Literally translated as flavor
o An emotional state or mood in each audience member
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