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  1. "Contempory choreographers who built on the radical experimental work of the 1960's have gradually reintroduced in new guises much of what was discarded" (Bremser)To what extent is this true of the 2 works you have studied?

    As New Dance in Britain in the 1970's began to take off the features that had been successful in America began to be introduced to dance in this country. Dancers and non-dancer alike were asked to take part in performance and the ideas of the dancer's, their technical ability pushed to the limit. The centre that became renowned for the creation of New Dance was Dartington college of Arts, who provided a new sort of school, and encouraged experimental expression from new dancers/choreographers.

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  2. "Discuss the ways in which the following are used in the contemporary dance work you have studied"

    Taking his influences from aggressive swans, his personal life, and several of his colleagues from the Laban centre where Bourne completed the majority of training, Bourne has recreated Tchaikovsky's classic ballet. Bourne has given his piece a clear structure, and within it has incorporated dynamics and mood to build tension. A structure is an act of putting together, it is an arrangement of parts and gives each section a syntactical relationship. Dynamics in this context are the how of dance.

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  3. "Lea Anderson draws her influences from many sources to create work which challenges stereotypes." To what extent is this seen in the work you have studied?

    The next stage is to take her ideas to either of her dance groups. Lea will go about creating the dance in a workshop fashion whereby her dancers produce the dance going off the given stimulus. Lea then pieces together the various sections to form a dance. Lea's work is based on stereotypes. Stereotypical characters are those, which people expect to see, it is a general perception of society. She uses various ways in which to portray her thoughts about stereotypes, often gender based. Her thoughts being that male and female should not be treated differently but as one.

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  4. Write a diary describing the preparation for a play orconcert

    Each day that passes I still have to pinch myself to check that all this isn't a dream. Only a year ago we were virtually unheard of and in that short space of time we've gone from being regular guys to become one of the biggest boy-bands on the planet. Me - Darren Burn. I wasn't destined to be famous, and even in my wildest dreams I never thought that I would be standing in front of a crowd of thousands.

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  5. The Royal Exchange Company put on the version of Othello we watched and it was directed by Braham Murray. It was approximately three hours long.

    A blue light is used to signify the cold and damp weather. The floor in the opening scene is made up of a sheet of tarpaulin lain across the floor, we can see it is wet, which suggests that is has been raining but this is all we are given to tell us where the play is taking place. There is no scenery, it is very minimalistic, and the only thing to change through the play is the floor, and the lighting. Roderigo and Iago are wearing heavy coats and Roderigo has a scarf on, all these things show us the type of weather they are experiencing.

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  6. Theatre in the age of Shakespeare

    In time this company became the richest of companies and ran continuously for forty eight years. A theatre would be host to three or more companies each afternoon as long as epidemics of the bubonic plague did not cause a ban on public assemblies in London,. The outbreak of civil war in 1642 caused all theatres to be closed. Alternatives to going to the theatre were few and far between, but animal baiting was of popular interest. Bulls and bears were baited in "gladiator" style arenas (not dissimilar to theatres), and crowds would pay to see this.

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  7. Blackadder Goes Forth - Corporal Punishment

    The lighting in Blackadder Goes Forth is quite dim because the army would not spend much money on the building of army quarters so it would of had bad lighting, this also explains the phone problem. Outside the quarters, in the trenches it was the normal day light for the times of day. The sounds they used were very good for that era e.g. Gun shots quite often could be heard. The characters are Captain Edmund Blackadder, Lieutenant Gorge and private Baldrick.

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  8. What is Epic theatre?

    * The key theme in epic theatre is showing man within different social environments. This mainly encompasses showing the differences in classes and sometimes in political status of normal people. * Brecht displaced many of his plays into an imagined world to distance his audience from actual human conflicts that were taking place around them. For example, Brecht set the Threepenny Opera in Soho, but the metaphorical message of the play was about n**i Germany and the injustice of the third Reich.

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  9. Discuss the acting in a play or the staging in a play - Little orphan Annie by Thomas Meehan

    The back curtain is dirty green and plain making the orphanage walls. Actors bring on blankets at the start used to keep them warm but the prop then changes into cloth to scrub the floor. The beds are made up of sheets which we don't realise until the beds disappear with the laundry. For the first three acts the stage stays the same. When the story changes and the actors are in the back streets of New York in shantytowns the thrust is blacked out and the backcloth is rolled down into a grey cloth with painted walls on.

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  10. Two scenes from the play "Whose Life Is It Anyway" and how I would direct them.

    The director tries to symbolise that life has come to halt for Ken. Even if not a complete halt but his options are seriously limited, he represents this, for example on page 9 Nurse Sadler has to feed him his coffee sip by sip, this show Ken as being an invalid. He can not do even the simplest tasks by himself. Another problem, which the director opposes, is that Ken doesn't have the ability to move nor do anything aside from use his voice.

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  11. Theatre in Shakespeare's Time

    However, The Theatre was the first London playhouse, built in 1576 by the English actor and entrepreneur James Burbage. He was a great friend of Shakespeare. It was located in a northern suburb of London. The building is describe a vast, polygonal, three-story timber structure, open to the sun and rain (Because there was no electricity in those days).

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  12. Theory Of Knowledge - The Truman Show

    Cameras were hidden everywhere, from clothing, to closets, to cars, so they could capture Truman's every move. His show was live, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The world watched mesmerized every second of the day Truman lived. They woke up with Truman's voice on the TV every morning, and went to sleep with his innocent face on their television screens, listening to the melodic sound of his breathing. Truman lived his life as a normal child, wanting to be an explorer when he grew up. Due to the fact the cameras were only in this studio-town, he was now allowed to travel anywhere outside of the walls that made up the day and night sky.

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  13. Theatre studies - ' TheConnections between Steven Burkoff's work & Artaud'

    Artaud also thought this as he tried to create a language of sounds, exploiting single words to find deeper meanings. We did exercises to explore these miming using only basic sounds. One scenario was a hospital scene where each character used one word, my word for example been head doctor was 'incision' I found many more parts of this word that I would of usually. Like 'in' obviously, 'cisssss' sounds like a drill, 'sion' I thought sounded very harsh and I used this when I had to discipline the other doctor.

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  14. Theatre Royal in Winchester production of '1984'

    A variety of techniques were used to enforce the powerful message this play presented. At the beginning, a group of soldiers pointed at the audience and shouted 'Die Die' continuously, which made you feel threatened and also at the same time involved within the play. The set was quite basic yet effective. All the scenes featured two large wooden walls, which were moved for different scenes. These walls were used as a technique to change scene. When a new scene was started the walls would be spun round to illustrate a new scene, which was very effective.

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  15. The literal translation of the word mise en scene means,

    The use of mise en scene in films is now often registered as the imprint that the director puts upon their cinematic vision, the totality of how the director designs and actuates given scenes. The many areas they fall into being: Setting is usually perceived as a signifier of authenticity, such as the place where the events are happening, they are a constructed setting for action.

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  16. Acting Lessons

    Until I was a teenager, my "best friends" were always movies and the actors in them. It was not a surprise that I wanted to be part of these movies. I wanted to relate to the people in them, and have that magical ability of actors to always be gorgeous and charming. I always imagined actors' lives to be filled with pleasure and parties, in contrast to mine, which I considered monotonous and lonely. Actors looked like people who always had an entourage.

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  17. Compare and Contrast the Film Versions Of Henry V

    The parts where they show behind the scenes are humorous, with actors going onto stage, but then being called back to collect the hat they had forgotten. One of the characters knocks off his hat by accident then when coming onto the stage realises, pats his head, and looks altogether bemused. This is a total opposite from the Branagh version where they are very solemn, and serious. The actors have recreated how it would have been if you where at the event.

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  18. A Critical Review of ‘The Woman In Black’, seen at The Fortune Theatre, 9th July 2001.

    He wants to act out the story to his closest friends and family so that they can understand his harrowing tale. He seeks help in the form of and actor/director/teacher. They act out his story - the story of a private detective searching through a deceased old woman's receipts and personal belongings in order to find out more about her life. But he finds more than he was looking for - age old family secrets. Secrets and stories that contain forbidden love, hatred and death.

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  19. The Woman In Black.

    The fact that the play is live is also better than watching it on the television, or sitting in the cinema. The people are generally more involved in the play if they are sitting in front of it. Being in a theatre is a tradition also, and in most plays in theatres, the atmosphere is usually filled with anticipation. The Woman In Black is in the style of paranormal horror. It was set in rural England back in the 1930's or 40's.

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  20. Review of “To kill a Mocking Bird” performed by the Queens Theatre touring company

    It was stupid it looked weird adults trying to play children. I would have used flash backs but played by different people, this would have been a lot less confusing for the audience. The two scenes I enjoyed the most was when Tom Robinson was in the witness box, he was acting as if he had a damaged hand and he never moved it at all even when he was getting frustrated at the prosecutions questioning. I think this was great acting as he was in role all the time.

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  21. Dance - the use of improvisation.

    This was the main stimulus for the use of the lift in our dance, which later evolved, into many different marked out areas in a certain space. The workshops we attended throughout the improvising stage of the dance gave us an insight and experience into the technique and genre of contact improvisation. We came to realise that the main principle of the technique was to support each other's weight in action and to manipulate around one another. We then began to put the dance into context and decided upon using marked off areas for each group to perform in to show the restricted area if we created a room.

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  22. Describe one acting performance which you thought was either successful or unsuccessful, your answer may refer to performance skills.

    * All the actors had good clear voices which they where able to project throughout the whole hall, they kept this up throughout the whole play. * There where very good use of movement throughout the whole play they managed to use up all of the available space they had to work with (they where very conscious of space.). * Facial expressions and body language was used to explain a lot of the story throughout the play they where also quite humorous and serious at certain times throughout the play.

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  23. Critical Review of ‘Splintered’.

    He had very rigid movements and his feet seemed planted to the ground, he only ever sat or stood. In one scene he was meant to be saying something very hurtful to another character but the way he said it made it sound like a point of view rather than an insult. This character Big Daddy was very r****t, to quote the play a "Red Neck". Big Daddy's son, to whom he was shouting out r****t slurs, was played by a boy of African descent whose character agreed with everything Big Daddy said.

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  24. Antonin Artaud's work never made the theatre till around 1920 and when he did many people disaproved with his work, and found it offensive in comparisson to what theatre had been like before his time.

    Writers such as Galsworthy, Granville-Barker and Ibsen were extremely popular at the time. These writers tackled issues influenced by socialist ideals and the deprivation of the working class, intended to shock audiecnces. He wanted them to be involved in a theatre that could become as much a part of us as our bloodstream. He envisaged a theatre that could awaken, organise and present the latent dream images of our mind, and would grip us with it's power and amaze us with it's spectacular presentation.

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  25. Visual, Spatial and Aural Elements.

    The most important elements needed are a coffin, a sofa and a cupboard. The coffin is essential because it is containing the body of the deceased Mrs. McLeavy, and the cupboard is supposed to be quite visible since it is an object containing something mysterious, which we later on discover contains the money. The sofa is necessary because it is used by the characters throughout the play, and it is also a common element that can be found in a living room.

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