Number of page: 116
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Category: Performing Arts
Contemporary productions on stage and film, and the development of theater studies, continue to draw new audiences to ancient Greek drama. With observations on all aspects of performance, this volume fills their need for a clear, concise account of what is known about the original conditions of such productions in the age of Pericles.
Reexamining the surviving plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, Graham Ley here discusses acting technique, scenery, the power and range of the chorus, the use of theatrical space, and parody in their plays. In addition to photos of scenes from Greek vases that document theatrical performance, this new edition includes notes on ancient mime and puppetry and how to read Greek playtexts as scripts, as well as an updated bibliography. An ideal companion to The Complete Greek Tragedies, also published by the University of Chicago Press, Ley’s work is a concise and informative introduction to one of the great periods of world drama.
LibraryThing Review Classical World describes this book as “a very useful summary of what is known with certainty or with probability.” ‘Summary’ is the wrong word. It is so brief you hardly notice you have read it. It
The Theatricality of Greek Tragedy: Playing Space and Chorus
Ancient Greek tragedy has been an inspiration to Western culture but the way it was first performed has long remained in question In The Theatricality of Greek Tragedy Graham Ley provides an illuminating discussion of key issues relating to the use of the playing space and the nature of the chorus offering a distinctive impression of the performance of Greek tragedy in the fifth century BCE Drawing on evidence from the surviving texts of tragedies by Aeschylus Sophocles and Euripides Ley explains how scenes with actors were played in the open ground of the orchestra often considered as exclusively the dancing place of the chorus In reviewing what is known of the music and dance of Greek antiquity Ley goes on to show that in the original productions the experience of the chorus expressed in song and dance and in interaction with the characters remained a vital characteristic in the performance of tragedy Combining detailed analysis with broader reflections about the nature of ancient Greek tragedy as an art form this volume supplemented with a series of illustrative drawings and diagrams will be a necessary addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in literature theater or classical studies
Modern Theories of Performance: From Stanislavski to Boal
The modern era in the theatre is remarkable for the extraordinary role and influence of theoretical practitioners whose writings have shaped our sense of the possibilities and objectives of performance This study offers a critical exploration of the theoretical writings of key modern practitioners from Stanlislavski to Boal Designed to be read alongside primary source material each chapter offers not only a summary and exposition of these theories but a critical commentary on their composition as discourses Close scrutiny of the cultural context and figurative language of these important and sometimes difficult texts yields fresh insight into the ideas of these practitioners
Greek Theatre Performance: An Introduction
In this fascinating and accessible book David Wiles introduces ancient Greek theatre to students and enthusiasts interested in knowing how the plays were performed Theatre was a ceremony bound up with fundamental activities in ancient Athenian life and Wiles explores those elements which created the theatre of the time Actors rather than writers are the book s main concern and Wiles examines how the actor used the resources of story telling dance mask song and visual action to create a large scale event that would shape the life of the citizen community The book assumes no prior knowledge of the ancient world and is written to answer the questions of those who want to know how the plays were performed what they meant in their original social context what they might mean in a modern performance and what can be learned from and achieved by performances of Greek plays today
Greek Tragedy: Themes and Contexts
The latest volume in the Classical World series this book offers a much needed up to date introduction to Greek tragedy and covers the most important thematic topics studied at school or university level After a brief analysis of the genre and main figures it focuses on the broader questions of what defines tragedy what its particular preoccupations are and what makes these texts so widely studied and performed more than 2 000 years after they were written As such the book will be of interest to students taking broad courses on Greek tragedy while also being suitable for the general reader who wants an overview of the subject All passages of tragedy discussed are translated by the author and supplementary information includes a chronology of all the surviving tragedies a glossary and guidance on further reading