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Tableau Powerpoint

Tableau powerpoint presentation for drama class

Sydney Borton

on 14 June 2013

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Transcript of Tableau Powerpoint

Tableau; Comes from old French for 'picture'. Tableau can be described as a dramatic picture. In drama, a tableau is used to describe a living scene, often originating from a picture, with all actors remaining motionless and not speaking.

Balanced: The stage needs to be balanced, which means having a fairly equal number of actors on each side of the stage, or on each side of the main focus (focal point.)

Communication: The actors communicate through their facial expressions and body language.

Distinct Attitude: It is very important for each actor to show emotion and display how they feel.
Definitions (cont.)
Focal Point: This means that the emphasis of the scene should be placed on someone or something in order to attract the audience to that place on the stage.

Levels: In a tableau, actors should be positioned on a variety of levels of height such as high, medium and low. Not everyone should be standing or sitting, all the levels need to be incorporated.

Posed: Each actor can't just stand there. Everyone must be posed still while displaying some type of action.

Various Positions: Don't have everyone doing the same thing. Actors should be in different positions. It's got to be entertaining.
History of Tableau
*Tableau is "a group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history."
*Originated in medieval times when a mass would end in a short, dramatic series of tableau.
*Others have said that although it has elements of medieval drama, tableau actually originated in 18th century England as a true art form.
*First recorded staging of tableau was in 1760. Carlo Bertinazzi, an Italian actor, staged a painting called "The Village Betrothal in Les Noces d’Arlequin" as a tableau.
*Originally staged to educate and inform about important moments in history *In the early 19th century, tableau was brought to American and was a huge success.
*American magazines called tableau one of the most popular amusements of the current time, saying it was "...endearing a love for and appreciation of art."
*Concept in drama that has an aesthetical and educational purpose.
*Frozen movement in time used to portray a story.
*Contains a group of 4-5 people who portray a story within several different frozen images.

We will be discussing things such as the history of tableau, vocabulary and the required staging.
Tableau Staging
*Each "scene" should only last 5-20 seconds
*Sets and props are seldom used, the actors must create them, with their movements so the audience can visualize them
*The actors are posed silently and unmoving to give the impression that they’re frozen in action.
*A good tableau must always make sure that:
-actors never look posed, as if for a camera
-there are a variety of levels
-a focal point (main point of interest)
-distinguishable relationships between characters
-appropriate facial expressions
-everyone should have different positions
-transitions between scenes should be smooth and connected.
Importance in the Theatrical World
*It helps actors and actresses become familiar and comfortable with their bodies.
*It is fundamental in developing dramatic skills that will become useful in the future (expressing emotions through facial expressions and body language, portraying a scene or story without relying on words)
*Entertaining for audiences
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