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NeoClassical Theather

by AMBP371
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Discipline:
Arts & Music
Subject:
Theatre
Grade:
8,9,10,11,12

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NeoClassical Theather

People of the time believed that it was necessary to exercise some restraint as a result, and to concentrate more on what each person could contribute to the whole society.

During the Neoclassical era was that the previous periods had been much too lax, focusing excessively on emotions and the individual.

People of the time placed a heavy focus on decorum, or dignified behavior, and realism, and they believed that the primary reasons for a play were to provide entertainment and to teach a lesson

Movement in the mid-17th to early-18th centuries in which the theatrical arts were defined by the ideas and styles of ancient Greek and Roman societies

NeoClassical Theather

Five Rules

Decorum called for scripts to demonstrate fairness in the way characters were portrayed and judged on stage.

People living in this period also usually expected actors to be as realistic as possible and to portray their characters exactly as they would have behaved.

The idea that a play should be structured with exactly five acts ties to the three principles, or unities, devised by Aristotle.

Playwrights and actors in the Neoclassical period officially recognized just two types of plays: comedy and tragedy.

These included five basic rules: purity of form, five acts, verisimilitude or realism, decorum and purpose.

Introduction of Women

For hundreds of years, only men were allowed to be on the stage. The general view was that women should not be involved in public spectacles or put into a more prominent position, and some people believed that women were so busy thinking of other things that they couldn't possibly remember and deliver lines properly. Prepubescent boys or men who could manipulate their voices took female roles as a result. During the Neoclassical period, however, women were allowed to be shareholders of theatre companies and to participate in productions, resulting in the some of the first professional paid actresses.

Major Playwrights

Pierre Cornielle (1606 – 1684) is often called the father of the French tragedy

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin - better known as Molière (1622 -1673) - is known for his comedies.

Jean Racine (1639 – 1699) was a tragedian beloved for his simplistic approach to action and the linguistic rhythms and effects he achieved.


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