Choice of Style

I’m going to be staying with the European theme. Last  year I explored Greek and this year I will work with Brecht.

Brecht is anti free enterprise. He is more of a communist and socialist. He believes we allow ourselves to be bought and sold as people. Giving ourselves to the industry of power. Uses historical events and people.

“Brecht created an influential theory of theatre—the epic theatre—that proposed that a play should not cause the spectator to identify emotionally with the characters or action before him or her, but should instead provoke rational self-reflection and a critical view of the action on the stage. Brecht thought that the experience of a climactic catharsis of emotion left an audience complacent. Instead, he wanted his audiences to adopt a critical perspective in order to recognise social injustice and exploitation and to be moved to go forth from the theatre and effect change in the world outside. For this purpose, Brecht employed the use of techniques that remind the spectator that the play is a representation of reality and not reality itself. By highlighting the constructed nature of the theatrical event, Brecht hoped to communicate that the audience’s reality was equally constructed and, as such, was changeable.

One of Brecht’s most important principles was what he called the Verfremdungseffekt (translated as “defamiliarization effect,” “distancing effect,” or “estrangement effect,” and often mistranslated as “alienation effect”).[63] This involved, Brecht wrote, “stripping the event of its self-evident, familiar, obvious quality and creating a sense of astonishment and curiosity about them.”[64] To this end, Brecht employed techniques such as the actor’s direct address to the audience, harsh and bright stage lighting, the use of songs to interrupt the action, explanatory placards, and, in rehearsals, the transposition of text to the third person or past tense, and speaking the stage directions out loud.[65]

–Beginning information to think about. From Wikipedia

 

Plays I could use:

Mother Courage and her Children — woman who sells goods to the soldiers. Soldiers take her child into the army and he dies.

Chalk Circle — two women both claim the same child. Written with long monologues.

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Silent Football

Today Lucas introduced a new game to us.  The class ended up being split up because Jane needed to focus on a few students who were having trouble using their blogs. After this happened our focus was also split. The small group that remained to play games didn’t seem to really want to be connected to theater games, myself included. The process of learning the game wasn’t taken very seriously. Silent Football wasn’t much of a success.

Australia

We first began to explore Australia by watching a movie entitled “AUSTRALIA: BEYOND THE FATAL SHORE”
  • language includes mate, bloody hell, and gamut
  • first seems about pleasure: beaches and fun
  • 500,000 people attended the gay parade (more than went to see the pope)
  • were not founded by puritans but almost pretend like it or try to be
  • first inhabitants were convicts and their jailers
  • harsh moral code by Reverend Marsden
  • serious effort being made to change view from one of sins to optimism as a culture
  • meant to be a secular nation
  • church was highly influential in politics
  • has begun to shift back to a place where activities are dictated
  • legalized and regular prostitution
  • currently an effort to ban X-rated films
  • catholic church is especially tough on sinners
  • enigmatic country
  • currently fantastic art center

 

AUSTRALIA IS A PLACE WHERE:

  • political and personal visions are different
  • controvery flourishes
  • liberality lives (sex, gay pride, etc)
  • pleasure for the people
  • church assumes control
  • aboriginals and Europeans are divided

Body Movement

October 26 notes:

We explored connections with our bodies. it’s interesting to me because in theater we have tools but our main instrument is our body. we were checking in with ourselves. We laid down in the dark and explored where we found tightness in our bodies. We took an inventory of our physical, mental and emotional self. This was beneficial because all parts of ourselves are brought to a character in a scene. Discussing the need to check in was entirely revived for me. No longer was this time in the dark simply to get away from school but an introverted analysis of myself making me better equipped to become a character.

East and West

October 23 notes:

We discussed pure essence versus evolving theater.  (East vs West)

Our culture is ever changing. It’s about movement.

Ritual Drama is a myth created out of need. It is not spiritually driven.

Questions from Blog

Comment on these questions:

1.  What are two cultures you are personally interested in but have never studied?

I am interested in Eastern Europe and how that has evolved. Europe seems to be consistently changing. The Middle East is also a place of intrigue for me.

2.  Find an excerpt from Katie’s blog that connects with something re: IB Theatre. What is it and how do you connect with it?

In Kate’s post about Wicked from August 6, 2009 she said, “But as with most things, when you watch it again you always see something you’ve missed!” More and more I’m learning that this is very true in many arenas. When I read a book a second time I gain new insight. Even when just talking to someone twice about a certain topic I find there are new things to learn.