- Religion in theatre: I learned through the two years of IB theatre that Theatre can be a Religious experience for some. Theatre can be a religion as I learned through research into the theatre practitioner Yoshi Oida who believed that the stage was a passage between the corporeal and spiritual realms. Theatre can be a part of a religion as can be seen in the theatre practice of Wayang Kulit or Balinese shadow puppetry which is a practice that is strongly engrained in the culture of the people of Bali and is meant to represent messages sent from their ancestors to them. Theatre can convey a religious belief system. This can be seen in "Fiddler On The Roof " in that in order to properly present the characters their needs to be some level of understanding of the peoples culture and in the example of Fiddler a part of that culture is Judaism.
- Theatre in Society: I learned through the two years of IB theatre that theatre can be extremely important to a society. Theatre can be a window that allows people to see into other persons culture this can be seen in Fiddler on the roof which tries to emmerse the audience into the society first thing so as to better inform the events of the plot through a musical number that explains their society. Theatre can be a mirror into ones own society that shows the audience something about their own culture as can be seen in the theatre practice of bread and puppet which is designed to show people through satire the problems of their own society in hopes that it will open peoples eyes to problems that need to be fixed. Theatre can also be the device for a societies change in that theatre can show people how things need to change as can be seen in Terezin in that theatre can be used to try to turn a terrible horror into a solvable problem.
- Theatre in History: I learned through two years of IB theatre that theatre can be historically important. Theatre is extremely important in history which can be seen in Terezin in that it shows that theatre is an art form that can neyer be taken away because it is a mental art form as opposed to a painter or sculptor who have tactile mediums for their art, this fact shows that theatre is historiclly valuable because no matter how terrible something is people can make theatre. this can also be seen through the practice of absurdism in that theatre can reflect the beliefs of a time period, absurdism was a theatre practice created after the second world war because the people had seen so much death and horror that they no longer believed in the value of life this was reflected in absurdism by the dialouge being nonsensicle and the ideas being cleverly hidden behind layers of nonsense.
image 1: image one is Yoshi Oida a theatre practitioner that believed in theatre as a religious experience. I chose to add this image because studying him was the first i had thought about theatre as an element of religion.
image 2: image two is a leaf puppet from our Wayang Kulit unit that is used to represent a leaf from the tree of life, I created this leaf with a tree in the middle.
image 3: Image three is me playing the rabbi in fiddler on the roof. I chose to add this image because it shows the character of the rabbi whome i had to try to understand his religion and society in order to play him properly.
image 4: image four is an example of a bread and puppet theatre. I chose to add this image because it shows bread and puppet very well.
image 5: image five is a sculpture from the Terezin prison camp. I chose this image because it shows how sometimes pain and horror can create beautiful artwork.
image 6: image six is an example of absurdist theatre. I chose to add this image because it shows just how rediculous absurdist productions can seem on the surface.
I have quite a few holes in my journal in the form of class notes, I have enough for what i would like to do for my TPPP however I would have liked to have more self reflection. for the next few weeks i plan on focusing on how to connect my threads to one another in a coherent way for the oral component of the TPPP.
over the past year and a half i have grown significantly as an actor and theatre practitioner. As an actor i have learned how to remain comfortable on stage and stay calm when things dont go as planned. As a theatre practitioner i have grown from entirely non existent to having a really strong feel for my own personal writing style and preferences about set design.
I think that in our class Sara Graff has grown the most in the past year and a half. Going into the first year Sara was very nervous and reserved, she was extremely shy and was clearly uncomfortable with most if not every assignment we were given. however she slowly grew into a confident member of our cast family.