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Futurism in Theatre

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Mary MacDonald

on 18 March 2014

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Transcript of Futurism in Theatre

Play Structure
Futurist Actors
Futurist Audience
Our Scene
Futurism Movement
Futurist Manifesto
Lines were blunt, simple, and direct
They believed that it was "stupid" to say things in more words than were necessary
There were often long diatribes and manifestos
Lines were delivered in a presentational fashion
Emotions and feelings were broad and strong, nothing like the intricate emotions that are expected of realism
Plays were often short, dynamic, and improvised. Never long, calculated, or static.
Pandering to the audience was against the rules of futurism
Futurism was done for the sake of art, not to make money or for the audience to enjoy
Performances were meant to shock and provoke audiences
The fourth wall was often broken
We wrote it???
Sort of got the idea from two actual futurist plays
Francesco Caniullo -- "Detonation"
Ruggero Vasari -- "The Anguish of the Machines"
A primarily Italian art movement started in the early 20th century.
Started by Italian poet, Filippo Martinetti when he wrote his
Futurist Manifesto
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Extended to all mediums of art including, visual art, sculpture, literature, music, film, dance, and theatre
Actor is director's "robot"
Perform in non-human fashion
geometric, machine-like
Integrated into setting, part of set
Need stamina for violent, high energy, repetitive sequences
Written by Fillipo Martinelli as the start of the Futurist Movement
A new form of art of the people.
Leaving behind the static past and moving forward into the future.
Admiring the beauty of speed and power and the force of machinery
Glorification of war as the world's hygiene
End of museums, libraries. and academies of every kind
Futurism in Theatre

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
father of the futurist movement
wrote the futurist manifesto
"Feet"
Francesco Caniullo
"Detonation"
Umberto Boccioni
"Genius and Culture"
Ruggero Vasari
"The Anguish of the Machines"
Playwrights
Technical Elements
Set
Costumes
Sound/Music
Very geometric and boxy
Hard edges and sharp corners
Not too many colors used in stets, unlike paintings. Mostly grays and metallic colors
Straight lines and loose fit
Metallic surfaces
Turn human silhouette into mechanical one
In futurist productions, a sort of "music" could be created by combining the sounds of sirens, machine guns, and other war sound
**We couldn't find any information about lights, sorry Ms. Aiellos we tried.
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