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Spanish Theatre

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Adam Briesacher

on 6 February 2013

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Golden Age (Cont.) What key elements were essential in making Spanish Theatre distinct from other styles? Medieval Times Early Renaissance Flourished in 16th, 17th centuries
Corpus Christie festivals
Overtime, secular dramas emerged
"The Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea"
Written by Fernando de Rojas
Marks the end of Medieval Literature in Spain Golden Age 1590-1681
Not only increase in production, but in importance
Volume and variety of Spanish plays was unprecedented in history of theater
Only theatre to include secular and religious
Included wide variety of genres, including original ones
Zarzuela Development in structure
Combination of Tragedy and Comedy
Lope de Vega (1562-1635)
Seen as parallel to William Shakespeare
Most prolific authors in history of literature Adam Briesacher Spanish Theatre Often performed in Churches
Very Christian/Catholic Oriented
Stages meant to fit relevant situation
Focused on specific actions, verbal exchanges
Mostly consisted of song 18th Century Slow at the beginning of 18th century
Spanish Enlightenment begins
School of Salamanca opens
Attempt to revive interest
Other groups of writers attempted to follow French style
Mostly consisted of tragedies
Leandro Fernandez de Moratin and Ramon de la Cruz
Two most successful writers of century 19th Century Souring inflation due to Napoleonic Wars, struggling economy
Contributed to theatre trends of the century
Led to Romanticism in Spanish literary works
Aspects of Theatre
Structure -Not nearly as organized
Setting -Set in places more applicable to Romance
Plot - Adventurous themes, freedom and love typical elements
Characters - number increased, more action, hero and heroine 20th Century Saw revival in sacrementales
Very different from other European styles of the time
Some plays even written in French
Federico Garcia Lorca (1898- 1936)
Known for his tragedies
"The Butterflies' Evil Spell"
"Blood Wedding" Typical Sets/Staging Raised stage
Similar to Elizabethan style
Shape differs
Made to fit large audience
Lower was for less wealthy
Balcony, seating for wealthy Picture
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