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Abraham Goldfaden

Abraham Goldfaden  

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(1840–1908)Ukrainian dramatist and composer, considered the father of the modern Yiddish stage. Goldfaden mounted full-fledged operettas, some of which—The Witch (1879), The Two Kuni-Lemls (1880), ...
Alexandre Benois

Alexandre Benois  

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(b St Petersburg, 4 May 1870; d Paris, 9 Feb. 1960)Russian painter and designer. One of the key figures of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Like Diaghilev he studied law at the University of St Petersburg ...
Antonio Sacco

Antonio Sacco  

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(1708–88)Italian actor-manager (surname sometimes recorded as Sacchi). He perfected the Harlequin-type role of Truffaldino, importing material from recognizable literary sources which were pleasingly ...
bangsawan

bangsawan  

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Popular Malaysian and Indonesian commercial urban theatre. Parsi theatre troupes touring from Bombay in the 1880s are believed to have provided the model. Bangsawan was Malaysia's (and later ...
Biancolelli family

Biancolelli family  

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Italian commedia dell'arte actors settled in France in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The founders of the dynasty were Francesco (d. after 1640) and his wife Isabella Franchini, daughter ...
Carlo Bertinazzi

Carlo Bertinazzi  

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(1713–83),the last of the great Arlequins of the Comédie-Italienne, which he joined in 1741. Known as Carlin, he was much admired by Garrick, who said his back wore the ...
Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood  

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(1904–86),novelist, born in Cheshire. He made the acquaintance of Auden (at preparatory school) and Upward (at Repton); he and Upward were at Cambridge together. His first novels, All the ...
Chunliu She

Chunliu She  

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The Spring Willow Society, the first Chinese Western-style theatre group. In 1907 a group of Chinese students in Tokyo performed an act from The Lady of the Camellias by Dumas ...
commedia dell'arte

commedia dell'arte  

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An improvised kind of popular comedy in Italian theatres in the 16th–18th centuries, based on stock characters. Actors adapted their comic dialogue and action according to a few basic plots (commonly ...
communicative relationships

communicative relationships  

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1. In interpersonal communication, the relations between participants. These may precede the interaction as social roles or established power relations and/or be established or modified (at least ...
concert party

concert party  

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(Togo)African popular theatre based on improvisation. Its actors, freed from the constraints of the written text, create dialogue based on a scenario. The concert party originated in Ghana (see ...
contextual expectations

contextual expectations  

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What textual or social schemata lead us to predict in textual or social scenarios. While this can be useful in guiding our interpretations and managing our behaviour, it can also lead to selective ...
convention

convention  

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1. (social convention) An established understanding, standard practice, rule, or expectation widely shared by members of a culture or subculture: often implicit, taken for granted, and experienced as ...
cyber theatre

cyber theatre  

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Performance created with the aid of new media and computer technologies. The incorporation of advanced media technologies into live performance, and the exploration of performativity in the virtual ...
David Rudkin

David Rudkin  

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(1936– ),playwright, born in London, the son of a Nonconformist minister, and educated at Oxford. He made his name with a powerful drama set in a rural district of the Black Country, Afore Night Come ...
drama gong

drama gong  

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Secular Balinese theatre created in the 1960s and influenced by a mixture of traditional Balinese theatre and music, modern genres such as arja, prembon, and stambul, and Western theatre. Clown ...
dramaturgy

dramaturgy  

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[dram-ă-ter-ji]The theory and practice of drama, now usually called dramatics. A dramaturge or dramaturgist is a playwright, or in some contexts (especially German) a literary adviser or theatrical ...
Ernst Toller

Ernst Toller  

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(1893–1939)German playwright and poet.Born near Bromberg into a middle-class Jewish family, Toller was educated at the University of Grenoble. He was aware from an early age of the antisemitism that ...
Flaminio Scala

Flaminio Scala  

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(1552–1624)Venetian commedia dell'arte actor-manager and dramatist. As well as directing the Confidenti and Desiosi, he published a unique collection of scenarios, The Theatre of Performed Stories ...
Guignol

Guignol  

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The bloodthirsty chief character in a French puppet show of that name which is similar to Punch and Judy, which has given its name to Grand Guignol.

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