- Postmodern theater
Postmodern theatre is a recent phenomenon in world
theatre, coming as it does out of the postmodern philosophythat originated in Europein the 1960s. Typically, a postmodern theatrical work would contain some or all of the following characteristics:
# "A diverse
pasticheof different textualities and media forms" are used, including the simultaneous use of multiple artor media forms, and there is the 'theft' of a heterogeneous group of artistic forms
# "Narrative need not be complete but can be broken,
paradoxical and imagistic". There is a movement away from linearity to multiplicity (to inter-related 'webs' of storying), where acts and scenes give way to a series of peripatetic dramatic moments.
# "Existing ways of seeing the world are subverted and questioned", including conventional methods of portraying character and human experience
# "Each new performance of a theatrical pieces is a new
Gestalt", a unique spectacle, with no intent on methodically repeating a play.
audienceis integral to the shared meaning making of the performance process" and are included in the dialogue of the play
# "The rehearsal process in a theatrical production is driven more by shared meaning-making" and
improvisation, rather than the scripted text
# "The play steps back from reality to create its own self conscious atmosphere
Postmodern theatre works tend to be challenging for an audience who are used to the time-honoured conventions of theatre and have expectations. The breaking of these expectations and the finding of new boundaries and sensibilities is the very point of this theatrical movement.
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