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Multimedia, Happenings, and Performance Art

Practitioners of Performance Art

Meredith Monk

P.S. 122

Ping Chong

Martha Clarke

Spalding Gray

Laurie Anderson

Take a look at this information on P.S. 122’s mission and history.

Postmodernism

Key Practitioners:

  • Peter Brook

  • Attempt to bridge cultural and language barriers

  • Nine-hour adaptation of the Mahabharata

  • Ariane Mnouchkine

  • Drawing on Asian performance conventions in productions of Shakespearean and Greek plays

  • Founded the Theatre du Soleil

  • Robert Wilson

    • Highly visual pieces, connecting images

    • “There is nothing to understand, only things to experience.”

Postmodernism

Postmodernism = imprecise label

Characteristics:

  • Breaks barriers between spectator and performance space

  • Removes distinctions between audience and performers

  • Intermingles high culture and popular culture

  • Blurs distinctions between dramatic forms

  • Mingles elements from disparate styles, periods, cultures

Trends in Directing

Modern View

The Director’s task = to translate the playwright’s script faithfully form page to stage

Postmodern View

The Director’s task = since there can be no single “correct” interpretation of a text, the Director may interpret the playwright’s script as he/she sees fit

The first view preferences the playwright while the second view preferences the director.

4/15/2009

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