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Ancient Greek Theatre
Transcript of Ancient Greek Theatre
Some theatres had room for over
15, 000 audience members. Plays were done in honour of DIONYSIS Dionysis was the greek god of wine, madness, and theatre. DIONYSIS The orchestra (literally, "dancing space") was normally circular. It was a level space where the chorus would dance, sing, and interact with the actors who were on the stage near the skene.
Earliest orchestras were made of hard earth, but later in the Classical period some became paved.
In the center of the orchestra there was often an altar for the greek god Dionysis. http://academic.reed.edu/humanities/110tech/theater.html The skene (literally, "tent") was the building directly behind the stage.
The skene acted as a backdrop and could be decorated as a palace, temple, or building.
The skene had one set of doors that actors could enter and exit through.
There was also access to the roof of the skene for actors playing gods or watchmen. The Skene How did the people at the back hear what the actors were saying? Theories:
Wind? Blowing the words up to the audience?
Masks? Primitive loudspeakers?
Seats? Slope of the seats allowed sound to travel?
Stage? Raised above the orchestra to allow sound to carry> Relief: Actors making offerings to Dionysis 410 BC. All actors were MEN. Men even acted the female roles. Women were allowed to go to the theatre. Some famous playwrights include: Sophocles: tragedies Euripides: tragedies Aristophanes: comedies The Bacchae If actors weren't good enough, the audience would throw food or stones at them. Masks for comedies, like the ones above were bright!
Dark colours were used for stragedies.
The audience could tell if someone was happy or sad by the shape of their mask.
Masks were made from fabric that was stiffened with plaster. Write a paragraph on what you know about the ancient greek theatre. What are some of the differences between Ancient Greek theatre, and a modern theatre? The Orchestra