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What is theater?

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Bart Pitchford

on 15 January 2014

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Transcript of What is theater?

The Impulse to Perform
What is theater?
Theater is performance. But who performs?
Why do we perform?
To entertain
Figure out identity
Gain sense of power
To belong to a community
What others?
Community Belonging
What are some examples of performance in community?
Collective -
Done by people acting as a group.
Public -
Exposed to general view.
Peter Brook
Actor, Audience, and an Empty Space
Robert Edmund Jones
Magic born out of our desire to recreate shared experiences in order to experience community.
Community Performance Examples
Football games and pep rallies
Greek Initiations
Church Services
Political Rallies
What do all of these examples have in common?
Hopi Dance
UT Pep Rally
What are the similarities? What are he differences?
Theater and Power
Theatre and Control
Greeks used to insure adherence to gods
The English Cycle Dramas both celebrated Christian Holy days and insured the population followed religious doctrine
Theater and Revolution
Richard II - Shakespeare
Possibly used to make case for overthrow of Elizabeth I
Agitprop Theater - Stands for Agitation - Propaganda. Used by the Bolsheviks following the October Revolution to garner and secure support for the Communist Party.
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