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Greek Theatre. Theatre History PowerPoint 2. Sophocles. Great writer of Greek tragedy 496-406 B.C. Lived in Athens Studied theatre arts Entered the theatrical competition that honored the god Dionysus as an actor and a playwright Wrote 123 plays, 24 first prize, rest second. Sophocles.

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Greek theatre

Greek Theatre

Theatre History

PowerPoint 2


Sophocles
Sophocles

  • Great writer of Greek tragedy

  • 496-406 B.C.

  • Lived in Athens

  • Studied theatre arts

  • Entered the theatrical competition that honored the god Dionysus as an actor and a playwright

  • Wrote 123 plays, 24 first prize, rest second




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Greek Theatre

  • Festival of Dionysus- annual theatrical competition

  • Chorus- group of performers who provided commentary and moved the action of play through song, dance, and speaking

  • Linked with ritual and the social and political system


Theatre space
Theatre Space

  • Large open theatre that was built into the side of a hill

  • Held 14,000 to 15,000 on wooden bleachers

  • Performances occurred during the day

  • 4th century BC a permanent space, made of stone, was completed





Performers
Performers

  • Large theatre– needed more than facial expression and vocal inflection

  • Used large gestures and Masks

  • Masks could be seen from the top row

  • Theory- some believe the masks help to project the voice like a megaphone



Costumes
Costumes masks

  • Same everyday clothing with some additions

  • They wore robes made of woven wool or linen that were draped and layered

  • Simple rectangle shape

  • Consisted of different colors and sometimes embroidery

  • Used laces, pins, or belts to hold them in place


  • They wore sandals masks

  • Men (esp. soldiers)- calf boots

  • Lead performers would change their mask and possibly add on a robe to portray different characters

  • The Chorus were most likely dressed alike or in similar robes and masks



Masks
Masks masks


Antigone by sophocles winthrop university
Antigone by Sophocles masksWinthrop University


Sources
Sources masks

  • Taylor, Robert D. and Robert D. Strickland. Theatre Art in Action. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.

  • http://courses.cit.cornell.edu/thetr364/images/GreekTheatre.gif

  • http://www.flickr.com/

  • http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/1200/1244/sophocles_1_md.gif

  • http://records.viu.ca/~mcneil/jpg/sophocles.jpg

  • http://www.uky.edu/AS/Classics/pics/p82.gif

  • http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/anth4616/images/Greek_mask_100.jpg


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