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Theatre is performed by people (and sometimes people manipulating puppets) in real time in front of a live audience. Theatre often shows aspects of our real lives, and we feel empathy for the characters. It reflects our culture, our music, the things we find important, and the inner workings of our psyches.
Did you know that there are many unique kinds of theatre from all around the world? For this forum, please watch the following clips of theatre performances from places like India and Nigeria. Then, analyze one of the performances using the knowledge and terminology you’ve gained from Chapter 7.
Please include the following in your assignment submission:
A. The type of theatre you chose (for example, Kathakali).
B. Stage type: arena, thrust, proscenium, other (please specify what the other type is)
C. Visual elements you noticed (such as scene design, lighting design, costume design, props)
D. Aural elements you noticed (music, instruments, actors’ voices)
E. Is the play more lifelike (resembling reality) or more theatrical (exaggerated and whimsical) in nature?
F. How does it stimulate your senses? How does it make you feel? Which elements contribute to the mood the performance creates?
*A successful written response will correctly utilize terminology specific to this discipline. Please use no less than THREE terms to analyze your theatre selection.
Wayang Golek from Indonesia:
Wayang Kulit from Indonesia:
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Kathakali Performance from India:
Yoruba Ronu Performance from Nigeria’s Western region:
Noh from Japan:
Highlights of traditional theatre from China:
Clips from the musical, “Hamilton,” from the United States:
Grading criteria below:
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________ Response demonstrates an understanding of the material