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Welcome to THEA 2200

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Marlis Schweitzer

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Johannes de Witt’s drawing of the Swan Theatre, c. 1596
Pronomos vase, 400 B.C.E.
QUIZ!!!!
What kinds of sources do theatre & performance historians use?

(List as many as you can…)
Euripides'
Hippolytus

Next week
Children as performing consumers
Plan for “mystery play” at Valenciennes by Hubert Cailleau, 1547
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD0nF8oluCg
List from Balme, C. Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
descriptions of actors in performance
minutes
yearbooks
almanachs
theatre reviews
theatre periodicals
letters
diaries and memoirs
biographies
anecdotes
theatre novels
pamphlets
theoretical writings (manuals)
posters and playbills
representations in visual art (theatre iconography)
interviews
scripts and dramas
music (piano and full scores)
notated choreographies
**** embodied performance practices
theatre buildings
performance space
stage
stage machinery
parts of the set
props
masks
prompt books
individual roles (‘parts’)
director’s copies
stage manager’s copies
model sets
technical drawings
contracts, deeds, account books
playbills
stage photos
films & video recordings
ground plans
costume and stage designs
scenarios
reports of performances
Theatre & Performance History Sources
Sept. 12, 2016
THEA 2200:
History of Theatre and Performance

Dr. Marlis Schweitzer

Playwriting
Devising
Historical research
Dramaturgy
Designing
Acting
Directing
Writing
Your Theatre “toolkit”
Library of Congress
A bit about me...
Some of my research interests....
The performance career of Princess Beatrice's Royal Wedding hat
TA introductions:

Tabia Lau
Signy Lynch
critical thinking
Primary vs. secondary sources??
Ok, that's cool....

But why should I care?
Performance

Performances occur in many different instances and kinds. Performance must be construed as a “broad spectrum” or “continuum” of human actions ranging from ritual, play, sports, popular entertainments, the performing arts (theatre, dance, music), and everyday life performances to the enactment of social, professional, gender, race, and class roles, and on to healing (from shamanism to surgery), the media, and the internet.

Richard Schechner,
Introduction to Performance Studies
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Section 1: Of Gods and Men
(and Goddesses and Women)
Section 4: Love, Sex, & Scandal
Section 2: Spiritual Transformations
Section 3: Conquest & Empire
Children as performing consumers
FALL TOPICS
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