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The Nature of Theatre

Chapter One, The Essential Theatre
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Melissa Vaughan-Kleppel

on 22 August 2015

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Transcript of The Nature of Theatre

What is
Theatre?

St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY
Theatre is a Company, or Troupe of Players.
The Distracted Globe is local Greenville Theatre Company
Punch Drunk Theatre Company
Sleep No More
www.punchdrunk.com
Theatre is an
Occupation
Theatre Occupations:
Playwrights
Producers
Actors
Directors
Designers
Technicians
Crew
Stage Managers
Front of
House Workers
etc. etc. etc.
But What is Theatre Capable of?

The Hardware defition:
A Building, the space for dramatic performance
The "Software" Definition
The "activity" involved in theatre
ART
Theatre is
Dreamthinkspeak
The Rest is Silence
www.dreamthinkspeak.com
The Basic Elements of Theatre
1 - What is Performed
2- The Performance
3 - The Audience
A
performs
B
for
C
What is Art?
Pre-18th century art is the systematic principles to acheive some predetermined result.
By the 18th century a distinction is made between
USEFUL
and
FINE
art.
Useful arts can be taught and mastered through specific techniques
Fine arts are products of genious that cannot be reduced to rules or principles.
Popular Culture
Vs.
Elitist Culture
Popular Culture
reflects the tastes of the general public.
Elitist Culture
reflects the tastes of a smaller group with particular standards.
Purposes of
Art
Discover and Record
Understanding
To Shape Perception
Order Our Views
Excite Our Senses
ELEMENTS OF SPECTATORSHIP
Willing Suspension of Disbelief
- Although we know the events of play are not real we agree, for the moment, not to believe them.
Esthetic Distance
- We are detatched enough from the performance to view it with some objectivity.
Empathy
- A feeling of involvement with the performance.
Special Qualities of Theatre
Lifelikeness
- (Verisimilitude) Theatre recreates everyday experience.
Ephemerality
- Theatre is live performance and becomes a part of the past immediately as it occurs.
Objectively
- Theatre presents both outer and inner experience through speech and action.
Complexity
- Theatre combines varied elements of other art forms.
Immediacy
- Theatre is psychologically the most immediate of the arts because of the simultaneous presence of live actors and spectators in the same room.
Art and Value
Humanizing Value
Cultural Value
Brings us pleasure
Sharpens our perceptions
Increases our sensitivity
We gain insight into any culture
We see how that culture values theatre
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