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Achim Freyer

Achim Freyer  

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(1934– )German designer and director. Known principally for his work with opera, Freyer trained and worked as a scene designer in East Berlin before emigrating to the West in the ...
acting

acting  

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In the twentieth century the process of acting underwent more thorough analysis and experimentation than at any other time in the history of Western theatre. Previously, written reflections on the ...
American Repertory Theatre

American Repertory Theatre  

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Troupe founded by Eva le Gallienne and Margaret Webster in New York, operating in 1946 and 1947. Its goal of producing classical repertory proved impossible in the face of insufficient ...
ancient Greek theatre

ancient Greek theatre  

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1. Origins of theatre in Greece; 2. Late Archaic and Classical Greek theatre (508–317 bc); 3. Hellenistic theatre (317–86 bc); 4. Greek theatre under the Roman Empire (86 bc–ad 692); 5. Greek ...
Andrei Serban

Andrei Serban  

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(b. 1943), director.The internationally known director, who uses minimalism, nontraditional music, and avant‐garde approaches to classic texts, was born in Bucharest, Romania, where his productions ...
ankiya nat

ankiya nat  

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Traditional dance-drama performed in the north-eastern state of Assam, India. Attributed to Sankaradeva (1459–1568), a saint-poet and social and religious reformer, the form dramatizes the avatars of ...
Aristophanes

Aristophanes  

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(c. 450–c. 385 bc),Greek comic dramatist. His surviving plays are characterized by exuberant language and the satirization of leading contemporary figures.
Art and Architecture

Art and Architecture  

[This entry comprises three articles:Pre-Hispanic PeriodColonial PeriodNineteenth and Twentieth CenturiesThe first article presents a general conceptual overview and survey of the development of ...
Asian Dance Traditions

Asian Dance Traditions  

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[To survey the diversity of dance throughout Asia, this entry comprises three articles:An OverviewThe Influence of PuppetryReligious, Philosophical, and Environmental InfluenceAn OverviewThe ...
Atellana

Atellana  

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(sc. fabula), in origin a native Italian farce. It was a masked drama, largely improvised, with stock characters. It became a literary form for a short time in the period of Sulla. Atellanae ...
audience dress

audience dress  

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Codes and practices of audience dress reveal significant information about the role and status of performance in different historical moments and in different cultures. Within a single performance ...
Bangladesh

Bangladesh  

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A tropical low-lying country of the Indian subcontinent.Physical.Situated at the head of the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is mainly occupied by the deltas of the Ganges and the Brahmaputra. It is a land ...
barong

barong  

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Large mythical supernatural beasts that appear in Balinese ritual performances. Different types of large barong masks, considered spiritually powerful objects when consecrated, are used in rituals ...
Bhutan

Bhutan  

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Bhutan's development objective is to maximize ‘gross national happiness’Bhutan has three main geographical zones. The north falls within the high Himalayas which reach altitudes of 7,300 metres. To ...
Bread and Puppet Theatre

Bread and Puppet Theatre  

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An unconventional performing group without a distinct home, company, or financial plan, the group was founded in 1961 in New York by Peter Schumann whose philosophy is that “theatre is ...
bugaku

bugaku  

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The traditional court music of Japan, performed with dance. There are two genres, characterized by the musical repertory and the colour of the costumes. ‘Dances of the Left’ (with mainly ...
Caribbean theatre, anglophone

Caribbean theatre, anglophone  

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The areas of the Caribbean once controlled or colonized by the English, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, St Lucia, the Bahamas, Antigua, Grenada, and St Vincent, have vital ...
carnival

carnival  

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A period of public revelry at a regular time each year, as during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade. Recorded from the ...
character

character  

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In narrative generally, a character is a person depicted within a story, either through description or direct speech; in drama the term usually refers only to persons portrayed by actors. ...
charivari

charivari  

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(Fr.).Extemporized mus. of a violent kind made with any household utensils etc., that lie to hand, generally before the house of a person who has incurred communal disapprobation. Equivalents are ...

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