Futurist Theatre & Performance Boos, hisses, spaghetti and chaos
Lecture Sections <ul><li>Theatrical context </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas of futurist theatre </li></ul><ul><li>Futurist perform...
Contexts <ul><li>Avant-garde movements c. 1880 - 1930 </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge to conventions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But...
Theatrical Contexts <ul><li>Electricity </li></ul><ul><li>New visual effects </li></ul><ul><li>Changed dynamics between au...
Riots and Revolts <ul><li>Alfred Jarry’s  Ubu Roi , 1896, in Paris </li></ul><ul><li>Obscene, grotesque, farce </li></ul><...
Ideas of Futurist Theatre <ul><li>Provocative, engaging & dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Reaction to stagnant practices - medio...
Poupees Electriques  1909 Roi Bombance  1909 <ul><li>Declaimed manifesto </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre as art-action </li></ul...
Futurist serate <ul><li>Mixture of forms </li></ul><ul><li>Means of presenting ideas and aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>Art ...
Umberto Boccioni, caricature of a Futurist serate, 1911
The Audience <ul><li>Force audience to pay attention </li></ul><ul><li>Spectator at centre of activity - provoked to react...
Manifesto on  Variety Theatre  1913  <ul><li>‘ no tradition, no masters, no dogma’ </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal model - mix of ...
Futurism and dance <ul><li>Links to Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes </li></ul><ul><li>1913  The Rite of Spring </li></ul><ul><l...
Balla and Stravinsky’s  Fireworks  1917 <ul><li>No performers, only sets & lights & music </li></ul><ul><li>Stage and audi...
Manifesto on  Futurist Dance  1917 <ul><li>Nijinsky, Isadora Duncan &  Loïe  Fuller </li></ul><ul><li>Use of electricity -...
Futurist Synthetic Theatre  1915 <ul><li>Brief </li></ul><ul><li>Compression of events, scenarios, ideas </li></ul><ul><li...
The Future of Futurist Performance… Over to you! Good luck.
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Futurist Theatre

  1. 1. Futurist Theatre & Performance Boos, hisses, spaghetti and chaos
  2. 2. Lecture Sections <ul><li>Theatrical context </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas of futurist theatre </li></ul><ul><li>Futurist performance tactics </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre forms </li></ul><ul><li>Synthetic Theatre </li></ul><ul><li>The future </li></ul>
  3. 3. Contexts <ul><li>Avant-garde movements c. 1880 - 1930 </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge to conventions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But why at this time? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No more artistic patronage </li></ul><ul><li>Economic imperative </li></ul><ul><li>Emergence of bourgeoisie </li></ul><ul><li>Technological innovation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Theatrical Contexts <ul><li>Electricity </li></ul><ul><li>New visual effects </li></ul><ul><li>Changed dynamics between audience & stage </li></ul><ul><li>Naturalism/realism </li></ul><ul><li>4th wall </li></ul><ul><li>Psychologically motivated characters </li></ul>
  5. 5. Riots and Revolts <ul><li>Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi , 1896, in Paris </li></ul><ul><li>Obscene, grotesque, farce </li></ul><ul><li>First word - ‘merdre’ </li></ul><ul><li>40 life-size dummies </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-realist </li></ul><ul><li>Caused riot </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ideas of Futurist Theatre <ul><li>Provocative, engaging & dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Reaction to stagnant practices - mediocre and repetitive </li></ul><ul><li>Counter-strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection of well-made play </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection of naturalistic language </li></ul><ul><li>‘ the fist into the artistic battle’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ the brutal entry of life into art’ </li></ul><ul><li>Politics as performative </li></ul>
  7. 7. Poupees Electriques 1909 Roi Bombance 1909 <ul><li>Declaimed manifesto </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre as art-action </li></ul><ul><li>Audience riot </li></ul><ul><li>Spectacle on stage & in auditorium </li></ul><ul><li>Marinetti pleased with response - scandal! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Futurist serate <ul><li>Mixture of forms </li></ul><ul><li>Means of presenting ideas and aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>Art of declamation </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic & Synpotic Declamation </li></ul><ul><li>Warlike speech </li></ul><ul><li>Audience provoked </li></ul>
  9. 9. Umberto Boccioni, caricature of a Futurist serate, 1911
  10. 10. The Audience <ul><li>Force audience to pay attention </li></ul><ul><li>Spectator at centre of activity - provoked to react </li></ul><ul><li>Riots, audience responses, arrests </li></ul><ul><li>Manifesto on the Pleasure of Being Booed </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Maximise sensory & minimise intellectual </li></ul>
  11. 11. Manifesto on Variety Theatre 1913 <ul><li>‘ no tradition, no masters, no dogma’ </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal model - mix of genres/forms </li></ul><ul><li>Melding of high and low art </li></ul><ul><li>Audience involved </li></ul><ul><li>Plagiarism & parody of masterpieces </li></ul>
  12. 12. Futurism and dance <ul><li>Links to Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes </li></ul><ul><li>1913 The Rite of Spring </li></ul><ul><li>Caused riots </li></ul><ul><li>Balla worked on scenography for ballet </li></ul>
  13. 13. Balla and Stravinsky’s Fireworks 1917 <ul><li>No performers, only sets & lights & music </li></ul><ul><li>Stage and auditorium involved </li></ul><ul><li>Part of ballet programme </li></ul><ul><li>5 minutes duration, with 49 different stage settings </li></ul>
  14. 14. Manifesto on Futurist Dance 1917 <ul><li>Nijinsky, Isadora Duncan & Loïe Fuller </li></ul><ul><li>Use of electricity - light projections </li></ul><ul><li>Challenged conventional dance </li></ul><ul><li>Movement rather than story </li></ul>
  15. 15. Futurist Synthetic Theatre 1915 <ul><li>Brief </li></ul><ul><li>Compression of events, scenarios, ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-naturalism </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal settings </li></ul><ul><li>No reason, logic or meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Interpenetration of forms </li></ul><ul><li>Directed at sensory, not intellect </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic & fragmentary symphonies </li></ul><ul><li>Simultaneity </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Future of Futurist Performance… Over to you! Good luck.

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