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[THAR 201] - Midterm Exam Guide - Ultimate 16 pages long Study Guide!


Department
Theatre Arts
Course Code
THAR 201
Professor
Greenwald Michael
Study Guide
Midterm

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TAMU
THAR 201
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Lecture 1
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7:54 AM
The Lion King
Roots of all theatre: ritual, dance, and music
Universal Myth: "the Put-Upon Prince"
Archetypal Characters
African Storytelling/Oral Tradition
Animism
Masks (Make-up) and Puppets
Fusion of African Music and Western Pop
The Circle of Life
Common Theme
Theatre
Aesthetics: Theatre Appreciation, Audience Development
Creativity: Performance/Production Skills, New approaches to theatre,
Marketing, Advertising
Cultural Enrichment: Understanding Cultures' Manners, Mores, Mindsets
THE Liberal Art: History, Anthropology, Literature, Philosophy, Politics,
Languages, Architecture
Why study world theatre?
Explore our common human heritage
Theatre: a communal activity
o Community of Artists
o Community in Audience
4 Necessary Ingredients of "Theatre"
Idea: what you want to communicate to the audience
Performer: actor, dancer, mime
Audience
Space
Theatre: "the seeing place"
Rites and Rituals - Media Matrix
With Leonard Nimoy
Ritual
Act 1: Passages
o Southwest India
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Dating back 3000 years, pays homage to ughny, god of fire
Religious chants
Burning of the temple: act that their ritual has been complete
Hindu ritual
o 4000 years ago, Egyptians practiced circumcision
God said to Abraham that his great nation would come from his loins and he wanted a
mark for his commitment to him
Happens 8 days after males birth and signifies manhood and fertility
Fertility for mothers?
The water spirits bring fertility
Okreka community
Eria: fertility ritual
Goes out and shows breasts to town and is also painted
15-18 years old
They are fitted with gold rings around their legs for 3 weeks of seclusion and if
they tried to slip out everyone would hear them
They are fed very fattening meals because they will soon be nourishers to their
child
Wrapped in 21 layers of cloth, and they dance in the town center
A man runs with a stick and has to hit the woman in order for them to officially
become fertile
Act 2: Journey of Faith
o 3 symbolic moments: marriage, child birth, and death
o The Moslem Pilgrimage
To Mecca - the birth place of their religion
Over a million people travel here
People throw 7 pebbles at the devil statue
Provides a state of spiritual satisfaction, they acquire privilege and respect in their
family and community
o Every 12 years - the Great Fair (Kumbenmayla)
30 million people attended
1500 years ago, gods fighting over urn that contained immortality, 4 drops of the
liquid fell from the sky and to earth and they landed in this part of the Ganges
Goal is to bathe in the waters at least once
Only religious ritual where all types of Hindu people are united (rich, poor)
5 week long but only 5 days are good for bathing
Has the power to purify all sins and they will be freed of liberation and after death they
will never have to return
Man has not moved his arm in 11 years in hopes that his sacrifices are rewarded
40,000 children and parents are separated during festival
Act 3: Flesh and Blood
o Male rite of passage: when boy becomes a man before the community
Hung from pole by nipples or on their back
o Reformations, industrialization cut back and made suspicious of rituals
o South pacific: New Guena
Crocodile are symbol of evil and in order to be a man, they must be marked by scares
similar to crocodile markings
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