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French Renaissance Theatre: 1500-1700

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Destini Johnson

on 5 May 2016

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Performances were primarily held at a famous theatre known as Les Confreres de la Passion. This theatre is in a former Parisian theatre building known as Hotel de Bourgogne. Majority of the performances was held here because their former theatre space, Hotel de Flandre, was lost​.
Performances were held twice a week during 1500s-1700s​
​The time period in theatre history we are researching is 1500-1700​.The major characteristics of this time period is they were high in fictional quality and the plays left a mark on people which caused statues to be built in remembrance.​

•Literature: Figurative language, Bible stories, Exaggeration and Mocking/Sarcasm​
•Playwright: Began in Paris by Moliere​
•Performer: Actors & Dancers from France
•Music: Their music was called Chanson​
•Costumes: Women wore square hoopskirts, square necklines, heart shaped , and the shoes were usually flats.​
•Set: The set had paintings as the background that used colors to represent characters and scenes.​
a. Who performed? Actors? Dancers? Others? ​
•Troupe de Moliere & Jean Racine​
•b. Who watched? Describe the type of audience.​
•There was a wide variety of people in the audience. Some people who attended was princes, musketeers, royal pages and elegant people. Before the1630s women did not attend these theatres. One of the people that attended these performances was King Louis.​
•c. Who wrote the material? Playwrights? ​
•The most important authors during this time period was Pierre Corneille, Jean Racine, and Jean Baptiste Poquelin(Moliere). Other playwrights are Claude Boyer, Jaques Praden, Jean de la Chapelle, etc. ​
•d. Who directed the work? ​
•e. Who handled the technical aspects? Designers? Technicians? ​
•f. Who are some of the most famous people associated both directly and indirectly with this period of theatre history?​
•Some of the most famous people associated with this period of theatre history are King Louis XIV, Pierre Corneille, Jean Racine, and Moliere. ​
Theatre evolved during this time period because of more skilled playwrights started appearing in Paris. Also, the theatre evolved during this time period due to the audience wanting a more realistic form of entertainment.These performances was created to entertain the audience.​ Costumes reflected the personality of the character being portrayed. Costumes were also worn to create a scenery, like lace scarves were part of the costume for female actresses to wear during their performances when they have outside scenes.​Theatre ended after this time period was over because people wanted less realism and more exaggeration, which is called Baroque.​
The Renaissance was a time of great intellectual growth and rebirth -- in fact, the word Renaissance literally means "rebirth" in French. During the Renaissance, a revolution in philosophy, science and mathematics drastically changed arts and culture in Europe.​
French Renaissance Theatre: 1500-1700
Period 1
Destini Johnson
Yare'l Mclaurin
Seth McGill
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