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What is theater?
Transcript of What is theater?
What is theater?
Theater is performance. But who performs?
Why do we perform?
Figure out identity
Gain sense of power
To belong to a community
What are some examples of performance in community?
Done by people acting as a group.
Exposed to general view.
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
What do all of these examples have in common?
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.