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Greek Theatre

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This lesson
  • Introduction to Greek Theatre
  • Chorus exercises
  • Chorus assignment 

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Ancient Greece

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Dionysis, god of wine & fertility
A humorous and funny play
A sad play with an unhappy ending
A place in the center of the theater for musicians & chorus
A group of performers who sing, speak, dance and move in unison
movement of a part of the body to express an idea/feeling

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Recap videoclip...
  • In Ancient Greece lies the origin of Western Theater
  • All stories are based on mythology
  • Rituals to celebrate Dionysos (god of fertility) --> songs evolved into theater. 
  • Actor/chorus/masks
  • Festivals & theater competitions 
  • Tragedy & comedy
  • props/playwright/set design/music/outdoor theaters

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Chorus exercises: move as one
  • mirroring  (pairs)
  • flocking (diamond)

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Today's assignment
Watch the prologue from Beauty & the Beast.
In small groups of three to six, create a short performance to the prologue from Beauty and the Beast with a focus on speaking and moving in chorus.
Experiment with:
  • Choral moments (move as one/speak as one)
  • Solo moments (one person moves/speaks)
  • Tempo
  • Gestures (movement of a part of the body to express an idea/feeling)

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 Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a
              shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired,
              the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one
              winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and
              offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter
              cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at
              the gift and turned the old woman away, but she warned him not
              to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.
              And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness
              melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince
              tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that
              there was no love in his heart, and as punishment, she
              transformed him into a hideous beast, and placed a
              powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there.
              Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself
              inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to
              the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an
              enchanted rose, which would bloom until his twenty-first
              year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in
              return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would
              be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for
              all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair, and lost
              all hope, for who could ever learn to love a beast?

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