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Theatre History. A brief overview of theatre; from Myth to Movement. Origins. Theatre is arguably the direct descendant of A.) Mankinds need to imitate its surroundings B.) The story telling of the Paleolithic Era C.) Religious rites and sacraments. Religion. The Ikernofret Stone

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Theatre history

Theatre History

A brief overview of theatre; from Myth to Movement.


Origins
Origins

  • Theatre is arguably the direct descendant of

    A.) Mankinds need to imitate its surroundings

    B.) The story telling of the Paleolithic Era

    C.) Religious rites and sacraments


Religion
Religion

  • The Ikernofret Stone

  • The City Dionysia of Ancient Greece

  • The Medieval Passion plays


The greek hellenistic theatre
The Greek Hellenistic Theatre

  • Often called “The Golden Age of Greece,” the time period between 500 BCE and the rise of the Roman Empire are considered the first real roots of secularized theatre. The three great tragedians, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, commonly wrote about the Gods. They did not, however, write for the gods. They adapted the oral traditions to the stage in an effort to serve society.


Aristotle s de poetica
Aristotle's “De Poetica”

  • In this treatise Aristotle analyzed the necessity of the art of theatre and provided the first critical analysis of the works of the tragedians, of whom he regarded Sophocles as the greatest. Aristotle coined the idea of the “unities” of time, place, and action. These unities would go on to be the cornerstone of the neoclassical period in Italy and France.


French neo classical
French Neo Classical

  • The French Neo Classical period was dominated by the comedy writer, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, more commonly known as Moliere. The period was characterized by strict adherence to the three unities, and subtlety of body language.


Elizabethan
Elizabethan

  • The Elizabethan period was marked by writers such as Christopher Marlow and Ben Johnson. However, no writer had a greater influence on this time period than William Shakespeare.


The rise of realism
The Rise of Realism

  • At the turn of the 20th century writers sought to make theatre more realistic, in an effort to move away from the flamboyance of the melodramatic style. The pioneer of this acting method was Konstantin Stanislavsky.


Modernism in drama
Modernism in Drama

The modernist era of American drama typically revolves around the time of the ending of the second world war. The group theatre was instrumental in creating drama that addressed social issues in the public’s mind.


Post modern drama
Post modern drama

  • As time progresses the modern theatrician must ask themselves “where will we go from here?” There isn’t a right or wrong answer, but recent advances give light to the rise of mechanical theatre as a mode of novel story telling.


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