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Comic Technique

The various techniques used in comedy can be both universal and specific ...

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Robbins De Mille

Theatre Essays - An analysis of the life and works of the choreographers Jerome Robbins and Agnes de Mille. ...

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Naturalistic Movement Within Theatre

After reading and researching into Raymond William’s quotation, this essay will produce the main outlines of the naturalistic movement within Theatre and how important it is in modern day society. The main outlines discussed in this essay are the social and technological change after the Restoration period, what is the content of naturalistic plays, the audience’s response to naturalism and its future development and dominance within society today. At the end of the nineteenth centaury, naturalism became a revolt against previous conventions of theatre, and it strived to destroy everything the world thought was true; naturalism was the revolution of...

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Martha Grahams Choreography

Martha Graham (1894-1991) was a truly inspirational and revolutionary performer and choreographer throughout the 20th century ...

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How Musical Theatre Has Developed

To discuss the historical development of musical theatre, this report will present an analysis of Leonard Bernstein's musical "West Side Story". It will demonstrate how the 1961 screen version has been adapted for the stage in the 2009 Broadway revival to suit modern day audiences and show its reflection through time with the use of ideas and different styles as well as social and economic influences affecting the works....

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Jonathan Larsons Play

The play Rent by Jonathan Larson is about sex, death, and friendships ...

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Samuel Beckett

Theatre Essays - Samuel Beckett - Discuss Samuel Beckett's handling of identity in his plays Waiting for Godot and Happy Days. ...

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Semiotics Of Graumans Chinese Theater

The Grauman's Chinese theater was built for 18 months and opened in May 18th 1927. It serves as one of the Hollywood's... ...

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Theoretical And Practical Approach To Theatre Making

This piece uncovers both the physiological and scientific actions behind the presentation of the voice. As an actor, theatre practitioner or theorist, we become aware that the presentation of communication is not a mere ability to speak, but an action from a complex organ which is bound up with our emotions and understanding which directs our physiological reflexes. For Linklater, the conveying of emotion must mean the feeling of emotion since our voice is powered by our very breath. Breath is chemically and physically linked to the body’s capacity and state of serenity. The natural relaxed voice...

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Transcendence And Immanence

Simone de Beauvoir, in her groundbreaking mid-20th century work The Second Sex, presented the concepts of... ...

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Theater Practices A Dolls House By Henrik Ibsen

Based on the expert given, taken from A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, the playwright seems like playing a status on the characters. From the excerpt, Helmer called his wife, Nora as a ‘little skylark'... ...

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The Evolution Of Dance In Theater

Dance is defined as the art of movement. It can be used to express feelings, to exercise, to perform, and some can even interact and have nonverbal conversation though the art of dance. Dance is usually performed through the rhythm and beat of music, but it doesn’t necessarily have to involve music. Sports even sometimes incorporate a certain dance, or type of dance. For example, a martial arts kata is simply a series of movements put together to be performed with the grace and strength of a dance. Dance is also used in sports such as synchronized swimming, ice skating,...

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The Character Of Lulu

This essay will be exploring and discussing the character of Lulu in Frank Wedekind's play of the same name. ...

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The Cradle Will Rock Review

The show “The Cradle Will Rock” written my Marc Blitzstein is a piece of work that reflects the struggles and politics of its time. In researching this show and it original production, one has to also know about the events in history surrounding and affecting the lives of every-day Americans. Then one must realize how these experiences influenced and inspired the creativity and brilliance behind Blitzstein’s vision and the creation of “The Cradle Will Rock”. It is in specific events of the nineteen thirties that sparked, what was for its time, a controversial incident in the history of theatre...

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Haimon In Antigone

Sophocles' Antigone tells a beautiful story of a woman who fights for her brother, Polynices, to be buried after her uncle and King, Creon, has declared that Polynices' body will remain unburied for his 'blasphemy' towards the state ...

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Jonathan Larsons Influence On Musical Theatre

To demonstrate how a practitioner influenced the development of Musical Theatre, there will be an in depth analysis of Jonathan Larson's works Rent and Tick, Tick...Boom, which will show how his style influenced other modern practitioners that got some of their ideas based on his works and how his works were influenced by other practitioners in the beginning....

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Candocos Dance Workshop

Founded in 1991, Candoco, formed from workshop classes to go on to become a professional dance company concentrating in the integration of disabled and non-disabled dancers. ...

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Communication In Breathless And Becketts Krapps Last Tape

Beckett’s plays have many comic features but in the natural sense, they are not comedies. Many people laugh while watching comedies due to the feelings of release response when a performer misses some rules of conducts (Knowlson & James, 2001) He is concerned at a more basic level with man as a rational animal, or with individual’s isolated existence in time. Most of Beckett characters often resemble clowns. Like Krapp of Krapp’s Last Tape, he wears dirty white boots bigger than his size, purple nose, white face meaning if his characters represents humankind, then this suggests that he view man...

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Musical Cabaret Overview And Analysis

I choose the musical Cabaret as it is a very powerful story, set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis were rising to power; it focuses on different controversial issues of its time period. A number of issues are explored throughout the unfolding story of the cabaret such as sexual freedom, politics and anti-semitism...

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Characters Who Have Experienced A Life Threatening Situation

The project will use differing theatrical devises to tell the stories of six main characters who have experienced a life threatening situation....

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Gatsbys Painting

Colors symbolize and are the essence of many different things ...

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Sensory Theatre

Theatre - What does sensory theatre mean to the modern audience? ...

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As If To Nothing Production Analysis

As If to Nothing premiered at Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre on the 9th of February 2011. Performed by one of the leading contemporary dance companies in Asia, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), and choreographed by award-winning Tibetan choreographer and Rolex protégé Sang Jijia, As If to Nothing explores the realm of memories in the paradigm of time. A highly complex piece with large sets, the piece paints a multi-layered portrait of how time distorts memories, how time itself becomes obscure in memories, and how the passing of time is perpetual and irreversible....

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Theater Performance Theory Overview

Antonin Artaud and Jerzy Grotowski are two famous artists who presented two different views of humanity within theater. Even though they conceived productions that were religious experiences for the audience and the actors, the nature of the experiences for each artist was different (Albert 73). This is because one of the artists sees man as moral while the other sees man as immoral. Artaud saw performance in theater to be surrounded by cruelty, the meaning of cruelty to him was that; there was evil; the act of will was goodness, an effort; to live a good life one was required...

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Stereotyping Of Minorities On Broadway

The crowd gaped as the scarlet curtains ascended and unveiled greeting, not from the beautiful Ziegfeld girls common to the day, but from a chorus of sweating, toiling blacks chanting, “Negros all work on the Mississippi, Negros all work while the white folks play” (Kern and Hammerstein II). In the 1900s, a wave of artistic responsibility ushered in a shift of Broadway musical themes. Instead of writing lighthearted comedy, composers such as Kern, Rodgers, Gershwin and Hammerstein crafted serious pieces that reflected upon issues in society such as inequality. Musicals such as Show Boat, West Side Story, Porgy and Bess,...

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Site Specific Performance

Free Theatre Essay: How has the nature of site-specific performance as a hybrid art-form influenced approaches tosite-specific work in Britain over the last decade? ...

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Contemporary Indian Theatre And Habib Tanvirs

Habib Tanvir and Naya Theatre are two inseparable names which will always be remembered in the modern theatrical scenario in India. It’s been a year since the death of Habib Tanvir, one of the most popular Indian Hindi, Urdu playwrights, a poet, a theatre director, and an actor, but still the majority of theatergoers in India remember his famous artworks like Agra Bazar and Charandas Chor. The country will always recall this man as the founding father of contemporary theatre of India. But before we go into his life and work details we will have a quick understanding of the...

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British Contemporary Dance Company

They have performed with wheelchairs and crutches, but Candoco's groundbreaking performers refuse to be dismissed as 'disabled dancers ...

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I Love You Bro Play

The La Boite Theatre Company’s production of Adam J. A. Cass’s I Love You, Bro , directed by David Bethold, is a play which masterfully engages and captivates the audience. It effectively tells an enthralling tale of love, deceit and manipulation. The play’s protagonist, Johnny, is a troubled teen who is desperate for love. Devoid of any power in reality, online chatrooms are his only escape. It is here, on the virtual stage, where Johnny meets, seduces and manipulates the unwitting ‘Markymark’, who through the lies of Johnny, becomes a tool in an incitement of murder. Although on the surface,...

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Injury Prevention

My case study for the module DAN222- Dance Now is going to be on the BNA group at East Durham College ...

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Gender Performativity And Works Of Hannah Wilke

In this study I intend to think through the relationship [between] and theoretical nuances of, sexual difference, performance, performativity and document, in connection to the performative art works of the artist Hannah Wilke. These issues will be examined specifically against Wilke’s (Fig.1) Intra-Venus No.4 and (Fig.2) Portrait of Artist with her Mother, Selma Butter. This discussion seeks to question the performative acts apparent in Wilke’s works and how she uses her body as the performative body in which to centre the critique surrounding gender identity and sexual difference....

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Dance In London

Before de Valois created a national company, dancing in London was of a poor quality and no major ballet schools existed ...

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Ballerina Loves Bboy Production Review

Ballerina loves BBoy was staged at the Esplanade from 17th – 19th March 2011. After missing the first instalment of the breakdance production ‘Return’, I was eagerly excited to watch this production as it will be showcasing the best breakdance group in the world, Extreme Crew from Korea busting their dance skills for the audience. On top of that, I was also interested how ballet can be integrated, combining the two genres of dance, giving a spectacular showcase of technical abilities on the floor....

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Berkoff And His Authenticity As A Practitioner

Upon studying Steven Berkoff as a practitioner I have always profoundly noted that his theories are very hard to define due to their ever changing and versatile nature. The lack of official documentation on Berkoff’s theories makes it especially hard to fully comprehend what exactly the Berkovian performance style involves and dictates. Fortunately he has written a few journals which chronicle the rehearsal and creative process he has gone through for his various productions. Among these publications is Mediations on Metamorphosis (1995), a journal of Berkoff’s time spent in Japan directing the tenth major production of Metamorphosis, and Coriolanus in...

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West End Musical

Theatre Essays - West End Musical - Discuss the recent developments in the west end musical scene; this should include an analysis of the 'mega-musical' mania, the trend to create new musicals based on existing songs (song migration) and stage transfers of successful films. ...

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