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THEA 2400 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Political Theatre

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THEA 2400
Victoria Depew

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Chapter 1
Aesthetics= the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and expression of beauty.
Subject= what that work is about, what it reflects or attempts to comprehend.
Spatial Arts= Created by manipulating material in space.
Pictorial Arts= such as drawing and painting, are created by applying line and color to two-
dimensional surfaces.
Literary Arts= Created with written language
Drama= is a form of theatre that tells a story about people, their actions, and the conflicts that
Conflict= the key to the movement of a story and is what qualifies a theatrical work as a play.
Commercial Theatre= Includes by musicals as well as comedies and dramas that are intended to
be entertaining and profitable.
Historical Theatre= Presents drama that use the styles, themes, and staging of plays of a
particular historical period.
Political theatre= Allows playwrights, directors, and actors to express their personal opinions
about current issues, trends, and politics.
Experimental Plays= Breaks down barriers by eliminating the distance between actor and
audience, trying out new staging techniques, or even questioning the nature of theatre itself.
Cultural theatre= Designed to support the heritage, customs, and point of view of a particular
people, religion, class, country, or community
Values= are the principles, standards, or qualities considered worthwhile or desirable within a
given society.
Art conveys three general ideas: art as “skill”, art as “beauty”, and art as “meaning”
The five basic qualities that all works of arts share: human creation, subject and medium, structure, and
The medium of the performing arts is an act performed by a person
Theatre is unique because it is the only art for which the medium and subject are exactly the same.
Art makes you feel something
Art provides a Perception of Order
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