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HUMA 1780 Lecture 2: Introduction to Tragedy and Greek Theatre Page 1
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Medium
• Play o Performance text o Visual, Auditory and Kinetic (through physical movement) o can be seen or heard
• Where would be the actors placed in relationship with each other? • What would be the props using?
o Inferenced by the actors dialogue o Symbolic representation to represent
• Ex: Mountain; fabric and lighting • Storm acts as a transition to movement in another play in Othello
▪ Auditory representation can be represented by instruments such as drums
Stage Space
• Where performance would be performed? • Size of small football stadiums to represent live performance of Othello • Used natural acoustics, operating in Mediterranean
o Using limestone as an acoustic instrument to represent hills • When amplifying space to 12k people in mass in Stratford
o Have to exaggerate facial gestures to express emotions o Facial Mask Performance keeping used with traditional
• Represents elation and various express of emotions they want to communicate to audience
• Elizabethan Period – 4k people o When performing, can closely see facial gestures o More subtlety
• Consider how to emphasize certain sound and visuals with mass stage
Story Type
• Tragedy (the most common genre that will be emphasized in the course) o Basic elements and characteristics: (Othello, Harlem Duet and ..) • Aristotle’s theory of tragedy is communicated though “Poetics”
Basic Characteristics
1. Unities -> 2 (time and place) *Aristotle In 18th century -> 3 (action) a. Unity of Time and Place • Fixed stage space made of limestone and minimal props (deal with logistical problem) • Aristotle’s theory emphasized the tragedy that draws the attention of audience. • Emotional intensity is concentrated in single place • In Sophocles, action in places, it takes on day • One can lose sight of it due to intense background information • It takes place in the palace and city of thieves • Intensification of Place and Time