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Intro To Theater (final exam)

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Shakespear (influence on contemporary theater)
continued intrest in plot and character, use of classical stories, should be eloquent in speech
performance art(deals with)
is highly confrontational aggressive, challenged dominant tradition. also deals with politics, sexuality, and power. has no rules about content
happenings (common factors)
multimedia event, broke own barrier between adudience and performer, process over product even in presentation, rejected professionalsim and established technique, no wrong way of doing anything
Greek theater (influence on contemporary theater)
the presentation, politics/morality; plays have some responsibility for those but not as emphisized
development of performance art originated with artists like sculptors, art moved from being completely visual to a less static form, not only the art was on display but also the space and of all of those who atteneded must be considered essential parts of the total artistic experience
characterized by elaborate costumes, scenes, stories and dance numbers, massive amounts of money put into them. were called reviews
performance art (combines)
combines visual, music, media, etc art. can be scripted or improv and usually has a solo performer but can have more than one
Living Theater (sample works)
Paradise now, and Hair
Rock musical
incorperated popular music, tends to not emphasize a particular story but music in general, very taboo issues were adressed, music is more importaint than the leaders you are just suppossed to feel the music
Realism (influence on contemporary theater)
easy to see influence, for setting charater psychology, everything is linear. Even in setting can be abstract like in mall mart
visual art (goal)
it plays off of how humans recieve visual information, combines live and media performances
Mega musical
tend to be the best seller at box office. everythingin the plya tends to work toward is emotion or emotional response is granious
Appia and Criag (influence on contemporary theater)
simplicty and abstaction is setting
Bread and Puppet Theater (founders, era)
1961 Peter Schuman
different from an opera in that it is funny, is lighter, in 1800's an dgillbert and sulivan did the best ones
Breasts not bombs
john cage, 433 musician doesnt play anything for that long
integrated musical
began with oklahoma, is 1/3 music dance and dialogue tells only one story first to implement plot
SF mime troupe (major distinguishing traits)
focused on political equality, still did some traditional plays however main focus was on politics
why was theater used for protest more than film?
because it was easier to identify with people when they are live, less commercial, and people perception that it is less commercial. we tend to privilidge things that are more live or acoustic
visual art
opposite of poor theater, takes advantage of technology (e.g. projections, televisions, etc)
theater and revolution
challenged the status quo, format dialog setting, everything. Especially true in the 70's
the black crook
first musical theater implemented tutu's was the first combo of dance and drama
Brecht (influence on contemporary theater)
huge influence. Visible technology, interruption of storytelling, can see people change a scene, musicians, actors represent character not play them. Lets you take yourself out of the play, makes you a critical observer
Living theater (major distinguishing traits)
Long (4-5 hours), alternative thought provoking plays, points was to disrupt the status quo, exemplified by aggressive behavior, presented in real time, wanted people to riot, used obsene language and nudity
Living Theater (founders, era)
Judith Malina and Julian Beck, 1946 NY
major goal of contemporary theater
focused on challenging dominant standard and developing diverse writer and themes
history of musical theater
started in 1905, not taught in school, influenced by greek theater and shakespeare, is not a new concept
Grotowski and Poor theater (major distinguishing traits)
believed contemporary theater had became less valuble since it focused on media and technology, ignored technology in attempt to rediscover the essence of the theater, minimal props scenery and costume, actor/audiance reciprocity and training focused on movement and voice
Bread and Puppet Theater (major distinguishing traits)
Politically radical, used actors and giant puppets, denounced war and materialism
SF mime troupe (founders, era)
1966 in SF not sure who
Three areas of innovation (in contemporary theater)
Form: how we tell the story, Language, Relationship to other arts: it blender them all
Concept musical
there is no begning middle or end, no linear story line. focused on the theme of the musical eg into the woods has no clear message and tends not to be commercially acceptable
contrived plots that are unfeasible
performance art (the performers)
Karen Finely, David Blain
Grotowski and Poor theater (founders, era)
Jerry Grotowski in Poland

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