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Epic Theatre ("Didacticism") and Other "Isms"

Theatre 105, Day 22

Jean-Gerald Tartiere

on 25 November 2012

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Transcript of Epic Theatre ("Didacticism") and Other "Isms"

Brechtian Theatre
Video Bertolt Brecht
& Brechtian, Epic Theatre (Didacticism) "Proletarian Drama" Epic Theatre Didacticism
Narrative theatre for the intellect, rather than the emotions.
AKA Epic or Brechtian Theatre. Examples of Epic Theatre "Mother Courage" by Bertolt Brecht Other
Works Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956)
"Good Woman of Setzuan"
"The Threepenny Opera"
"The Caucasian Chalk Circle"
"The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui" Other
Late 19th & Early 20th Century
"Isms" Impressionism (1874+):
Theatre should capture the moment
through feeling, mood, & atmosphere. And Other "Isms" Epic Theatre Began 1927 Berliner Ensemble Delight = "pleasure that comes from discovering new truths about yourselves and the world." Dispassionate
Objectivity Acting
Distancing oneself from one's character
"Demonstrate" character"
Asian Theatre Influence Alienate Audience
from their Emotions,
Subject Matter, & Characters Helene Weigel, one of
Brecht's actressses,
on Brechtian Drama Harsh, Distinct Language
Dialogue mixed with Narration
& Musical Interludes Images, Signs, Lights left on, Reminder that the event is Theatrical "Gestus" = Concept Movement either
realistic or
highly stylized National Theatre,
London National Theatre,
London Peter Weiss'
"The Persecution and Assasination
of Marat/Sade" Goerge Tabari's
"Brecht on Brecht" Might be seen in modern training or educational films, but not normally used in modern fictitious cinema Constructivism (1921+)
Bare bones
strip away illusion
No place for sentimentality Surrealism (1924)
Insanity - true sanity
Spontaneous Creation Modern Example of Surrealism:
Cirque de Soleil Trailer
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