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Greek Movement. More like Geek Movement. Masks. No facial expressions Emphasis on voice and movement Actors judged on beauty of vocal tone More declamatory than realistic Exercised and trained voices like today’s opera singers Shape of the mask amplified actor’s voice. Dance Influence.

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greek movement

Greek Movement

More like Geek Movement

masks
Masks
  • No facial expressions
  • Emphasis on voice and movement
    • Actors judged on beauty of vocal tone
    • More declamatory than realistic
    • Exercised and trained voices like today’s opera singers
  • Shape of the mask amplified actor’s voice
dance influence
Dance Influence
  • Tendency toward a set of conventionalized, stylized, or symbolic gestures
  • Greek word for “chorus” is akin to the word for “dance”
    • Highly physical, choreographed roles?
  • “animated icons moving rhythmically before us which serve to cast a hypnotic spell, reinforced by music, dance, and incantation… thus inducing a trance-like response, echoing… dance dramas of an earlier epoch” –A History of the Theatre
tragedy vs comedy
Tragedy vs. Comedy
  • Tragedy: Movements simplified and broadened
    • Tried to idealize things
  • Comedy: Movements exaggerated in the direction of the farcical and ridiculous
    • Lots of physical comedy
    • Tendency towards burlesque
technical considerations
Technical Considerations
  • Audience is really far away = “bigger”acting
  • No expectation of complete realism (all men, choral passages)