All entries for October 2004
October 20, 2004
The 4th century B.C.E. Phlyakes vases from the south of Italy show temporary wooden stages which we believe are similar or identical to those that would have been used for comic performance in the 5th century B.C.E. How adequate or appropriate would such a stage have been for the performance of tragedy in the 5th century B.C.E., in particular the Eumenides?
To have a tragedy, such as Eumendies, performed on a stage associated with comedy would be inaprropriate. The audience would link previous comic plays with the tragedy, making it harder to establish the appropriate atmosphere. Stages in comedy were often lightweight and festive, therefore would not be appropriate in the performance of a tragedy.
Where could Klytemnestra, Apollo and Orestes have performed in the opening scene of the play?
In the opening scene of the play we would position Apollo downstage left on a raised platform, symbolising his Godly status. Downstage right we would position Orestes, parralell wiith Apollo to show their allegience against Klytemnestra. However we would have Orestes kneeling to emphasise their difference in status. Lastly we would position Klytemnestra upstage centre, again on a platform surrounding Orestes and Apollo showing her dominance over the plot.
Where could the chorus have performed?
We would place the chorus around the back of the stage, in a semi circle with Kyltemnestra in the middle. They would be surrounding the other characters, again displaying their dominance and importance of the plot.
October 15, 2004
By Pidge and Beck!!
From what we have seen from a couple of Blogs, it seems that one of the things that makes a successful evaluation includes, the use of pictures to enable a better understanding. Also we found that a detailed concise description of the site, as well as personally analysing it, made a better read.
Wha*t kinds of resources do each of these sites contain that might be useful for theatre historians?*
The website http://perseus.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/ has a wide range of images and texts available to view. This site includes Museum photography, making it easy to view materials such as Greek Vases and sculptures from Museums around the country.
http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/greekarchitecture/ – This site is very useful to theatre historians. It has a page allowing you to view "The Essentials." Here you are able to look at "Major dates in Ancient history," and it provides a glossary to look up names and cities- for example- "Eurymachus [Son of Polybus; suitor from Ithaca.] " Quite useful for all those confusing Greek words!
http://duke.usask.ca/~porterj/skenotheke.html- In this site you are able to view a virtual reality tour of historic theatres and look at virtual reconstructions. This is a good idea- so we can actually see what it all really looked like.
3. What do you think makes any one of these websites more valuable than the others you have considered as a source for theatre historians?
Out of all the sites i think the most valuable were the ones that provided essential dates and virtual reconstructions. This is also because these sites are detailed and offer photographs alongside important information.
4. Search the internet to find a further website to add to one of the categories above. Indicate how you found it, and explain why you think it should be added.