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Theatre presentation

  1. 1. Epic Theatre<br />Theatre that is designed to incite rational thought instead of creating an illusion.<br />
  2. 2. Contributors <br />Erwin Piscator: director and producer, came up with the name<br />Bertolt Brecht: he was the one who perfected the style of epic theatre<br />
  3. 3. The Alienation Effect<br />The Alienation Effect was a major part of Epic Theatre<br />The goal was to make sure that the audience was aware that they are watching a play the whole time, so every familiar thing that was in the play was done differently to make it look strange.<br />
  4. 4. The Epic Play<br />The Epic Play follows a familiar story like a fable or shows historical events<br />Brecht wanted to make to play unsensational by taking away any attraction-grabbing ‘wrapping' that an original story may have<br />The form is episodic<br />The plays consists of scenes that stand alone<br />There were musical interludes, captions, or gestures in between the scenes so the audience could reflect on what they just saw and prevent the deception of reality<br />
  5. 5. The Epic Play (cont.)<br />Brecht’s plays were able to stand alone.<br />Brecht wanted to show the story from many different viewpoints.<br />Brecht compared it to 10 people witnessing the same car crash because the story will be retold differently because each person saw it from a different angle<br />The characters in the epic play represent humankind, so the audience will not have sympathy for them<br />
  6. 6. The Epic Actor<br />Epic actors are narrators and demonstrators.<br />They retell events and demonstrate actions and events that assist in the audience’s understanding of the situation.<br />Brecht wanted his actors to portray another’s emotions feelings and experiences.<br />In order to do this Brecht used a technique called Gestus, which is a gesture or position that an actor would take at critical points of the play<br />
  7. 7. The Epic Actor (cont.)<br />The action in the play would stop and the audience will see the character’s feeling at that time<br />The well known Gestus is in Mother Courage when Mother Courage looks at the audience with her face positioned in a silent scream<br />
  8. 8. The Epic Stage<br />Brecht thought that the Epic Stage was a place for discussion<br />A social or politically relevant topic was presented on stage and the opinion on that topic was presented.<br />The audience is supposed to think about what they just saw by forming questions or solutions<br />Brecht did not hide any of the theatrical elements that are used in the production<br />
  9. 9. The Epic Stage (cont.)<br />The audience saw changes in lighting, scenery, costumes, and acting style projections <br />Brecht wanted to remind the audience that everything that they are watching is fake.<br />Brecht wanted to change the scale of the props used and use them out of context.<br />For example using a building as a prop in one scene, and in the next scene flipping the building over and using it as a table.<br />
  10. 10. The Epic Audience<br />The audience that Brecht wanted to appeal to was a relaxed audience, one that is interested, want to be entertained, and want to think.<br />
  11. 11. Contrast Dramatic Theatre and Epic Theatre<br />Dramatic Form of Theater<br />Epic Form of Theater<br />the stage embodies an event<br />draws the spectator into an event<br />consumes his capacity for action<br />allows him to have emotions<br />provides him with experience<br />the spectator is drawn into the plot<br />suggestion is used<br />feelings are preserved<br />man is assumed to be known<br />man is unalterable<br />suspense about the outcome<br />one scene exists for another<br />linear development<br />the world as it is<br />what man ought to do<br />his instincts<br />thinking determines being<br />the stage narrates an event<br />makes him an observer, but...<br />awakens his capacity for action<br />demands decisions from him<br />provides him with knowledge<br />the spectator is placed opposite the plot<br />arguments are used<br />feelings are propelled into perceptions<br />man is the object of the inquiry<br />man is alterable and altering<br />suspense about the progress<br />each scene exists for itself<br />in curves<br />the world as it becomes<br />what man is forced to do<br />his motivations<br />social being determines thinking<br />
  12. 12. Sources<br />http://www.usq.edu.au/artsworx/schoolresources/goodwomanofszechwan/epictheatre.htm<br />http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/ger342/brecht3.htm<br />http://www.etsu.edu/haleyd/engl3134/ejournal/lackey.html<br />http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~eh269403/moco.html<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz1M0lEW9rc&feature=related<br />

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