Ch. 1 (7th Ed) Ch. 1 (8th Ed) -- Experiencing Today's Theater

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  • 1. Chapter 1
  • 2.  A Historical Reason to Attend Theatre  Theatre is the foundation of all drama ▪ Ancient Greeks established the categories of tragedy and comedy ▪ Roman domestic comedies were the prototype of situation comedy  Seeing a performance means taking part in theatre history © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2
  • 3.  Theatre incorporates profound, provocative, timeless observations about the human condition  Theatre is an art form with its own characteristics:  Quality  Coherence  Integrity © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 3
  • 4.  What Is Art?  Characteristics of Art ▪ A mirror or reflection of life ▪ An extension or a projection of how we live, think, and feel ▪ It reveals to us what we treasure and admire and what we fear most deeply ▪ It may be an absolute necessity for human survival © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 4
  • 5.  What Is Art? continued  Three Categories of Art ▪ Literary ▪ Novels, short stories, poetry ▪ Visual ▪ Painting, sculpture, architecture, photography ▪ Performing ▪ Theatre, dance, opera, music © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 5
  • 6.  What Is Art? continued  Another characteristic of Art is its relationship to time (temporal) and space (spatial). ▪ Visual ▪ Exists in space, but not in time ▪ Music ▪ Exists in time, but not in space ▪ Theater, Dance and Opera ▪ Exists in both space and time © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 6
  • 7.  What Is Art? continued  Three Characteristics of the Performing Arts ▪ Have movement through time ▪ Require interpreters as well as creators ▪ Require an audience ▪ Relationship between audience and performers is key © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 7
  • 8.  The Art of Theatre  Elements of Theatre ▪ Audience ▪ Performers ▪ Script or Text ▪ Director ▪ Theatre Space ▪ Design Elements © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 8
  • 9. © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 9
  • 10.  The Art of Theatre continued  Theatre as a Collaborative Art ▪ The various elements of theatre must be brought together and coordinated by a host of people— collaboration! © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 10
  • 11.  Nations and cultures influence one another’s theatrical traditions  Global connections were rare prior to the 1800s  Theatre can no longer be easily classified by specific national designations ▪ Beginning around 1900, Asian and other non- European theatres were influenced by developments of modern theatre in the West © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 11
  • 12.  Nations and cultures influence one another’s theatrical traditions continued  Diversity – types of theater available and audience members attending  Multicultural – wide variety of social groups and concerns © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 12
  • 13.  Nations and cultures influence one another’s theatrical traditions continued  Theatre is a global activity ▪ Interaction ▪ Adaptation ▪ Collaboration © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 13
  • 14.  Types of theatre are wide-ranging  Audiences are diverse  Diversity in Contemporary Theatre  Contemporary theatre is: ▪ Complex ▪ It mirrors the society in which it is produced ▪ It is fragmented and reflects the complexity of today’s life © 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 14