PopularEntertainment
Popular EntertainmentCharacteristics (mostly):   for the “masses”   often cheaper and more accessible   often non-scripted...
Roman Paratheatricals  (27 BCE to 400 CE)   chariot racing   gladiatorial   combats   naumachia
Roman VenuesColosseum– holds 50,000 -70,000
Roman VenuesCircus Maximus – holds 200,000
Modern Versions ofRoman ParatheatricalsSports Entertainment (pro wrestling)NASCAR
Commedia dell „arte        (1560s-1700)ScenarioImprov and lazziStock characters   unmasked: young lovers   masked: zanni a...
Commedia Dell’ArteTypical Commedia  10 Performers = 7 men + 3  women  Traveling troupes  Evolved from Greek &  Roman mimes...
Conventions ofCommedia Dell’Arte            Stock Characters              Pantalone – lecherous              miser        ...
Conventions of  Commedia Dell’ArteScenarios  Serious young lovers  whose romance is  blocked by Pantalone &  Dottore  Trou...
Conventions ofCommedia Dell’Arte           Costumes             Traditional Costume             assigned to each character...
Circus     (1700 to the present)Originally  focus: animalsCirque du Soleil  focus: people and spectacle
Vaudeville        (late 1800s to present)Precursor to musical theatreDiversity or “variety theatre”Tavern/Music HallInflue...
Puppetry (pre-history to present)Shadow PuppetryHand Puppets/DollsBody PuppetsContemporary Puppetry
Magic    (pre-history to present)Illusionism/tricks in HistorySlight of HandMechanical TricksLarge Scale IllusionsEscape C...
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Popular Entertainment

  1. 1. PopularEntertainment
  2. 2. Popular EntertainmentCharacteristics (mostly): for the “masses” often cheaper and more accessible often non-scripted historically not considered “worthy of study”
  3. 3. Roman Paratheatricals (27 BCE to 400 CE) chariot racing gladiatorial combats naumachia
  4. 4. Roman VenuesColosseum– holds 50,000 -70,000
  5. 5. Roman VenuesCircus Maximus – holds 200,000
  6. 6. Modern Versions ofRoman ParatheatricalsSports Entertainment (pro wrestling)NASCAR
  7. 7. Commedia dell „arte (1560s-1700)ScenarioImprov and lazziStock characters unmasked: young lovers masked: zanni and masters
  8. 8. Commedia Dell’ArteTypical Commedia 10 Performers = 7 men + 3 women Traveling troupes Evolved from Greek & Roman mimes Storylines copied from Terence & Plautus Usually comedies, but occasionally a serious drama Not literary form – improvised Scenarios = short outlined scripts with no dialogue
  9. 9. Conventions ofCommedia Dell’Arte Stock Characters Pantalone – lecherous miser Dottore – foolish neighbor Capitano –cowardly soldier Zanni – servant, usually sly or foolish Harlequin – comic servant
  10. 10. Conventions of Commedia Dell’ArteScenarios Serious young lovers whose romance is blocked by Pantalone & Dottore Troupes adept at creating comic improv Lazzi – repeated bits of physical comedy Conventional entrance & exit speeches Prepared musical duets
  11. 11. Conventions ofCommedia Dell’Arte Costumes Traditional Costume assigned to each character Easily recognizable Harlequin – patchwork jacket Dottore – academic robes Exaggerated details Slapstick -Harlequin Masks Created characters Never worn by young lovers
  12. 12. Circus (1700 to the present)Originally focus: animalsCirque du Soleil focus: people and spectacle
  13. 13. Vaudeville (late 1800s to present)Precursor to musical theatreDiversity or “variety theatre”Tavern/Music HallInfluence on earlyfilm, radio, and popularmusic
  14. 14. Puppetry (pre-history to present)Shadow PuppetryHand Puppets/DollsBody PuppetsContemporary Puppetry
  15. 15. Magic (pre-history to present)Illusionism/tricks in HistorySlight of HandMechanical TricksLarge Scale IllusionsEscape Challenge Tricks
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