BRECHT A SHORT ORGANUM FOR THE THEATRE PDF

There you saw a particular species of theatre extending or contracting its social functions, perfecting or sifting its artistic methods and establishing or maintaining its aesthetics -- if the question arose -- by rejecting or converting to its own use the dominant conventions of morality or taste according to its tactical needs. This theatre justified its inclination to social commitment by pointing to the social commitment in universally accepted works of art , which only fail to strike the eye because it was the accepted commitment. As for the products of our own time, it held that their lack of any worthwhile content was a sign of decadence: it accused these entertainment emporiums of having degenerated into branches of the bourgeois narcotics business. The cult of beauty, conducted with hostility towards learning and contempt for the useful, was dismissed by it as itself contemptible, especially as nothing beautiful resulted. Aesthetics, that heirloom of a by now depraved and parasitic class, was in such a lamentable state that a theatre would certainly have gained both in reputation and in elbowroom if it had rechristened itself thaeter.

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He attacks the core of the Poetics , that is, the finality of the tragedy. The critique that he made of the Poetics would become the center of his own poetics and of "Epic Theater". Politics He also points out that beyond purging souls, it would be a mistake for theater to try to reproduce the reality of its spectators exactly on stage.

He did not believe this identification between the viewer and the dramatic character was acceptable to the needs of the modern stage. Instead, there should be a different kind of relationship between the protagonists and the spectators. This relationship, or rather, this phenomenon, he called Verfremdungseffekt in English, distancing or the Alienation Effect.

This concept of alienation lies at the "boundary of aesthetics and politics". It consists in "having an object, a character, a process perceived, and at the same time, rendering it unexpected, strange. The goal is to "push the viewer to establish some distance in his relation to reality", to wake him or her up to reality.

The effect would allow the viewer to become conscious of his or her own existence or intrinsic reality within the context of the themes of the production. Verfremdungseffekt thus politicizes consciousness and overcomes the alienation of the individual. Brecht explains the great progressive themes of our time: to know that the evils of humanity are in the hands of mankind itself, that is to say that the world can be managed, that Art can and should intervene in History; that it should accomplish the same tasks as the sciences, with which it shares so much.

Theater should resolutely come to the aid of the unfurling of the historical process; that stage-techniques themselves are socially engaged; and that in the end there is no eternal "essence" of art, but rather that "each society should invent the art that disposes it best to its own redemption". Observation: imitation and reflection The actor should examine the world around him.

With all his being he must pay attention to gestures, and imitate the world through a process of reflection. He must amplify what he observes, because the original is too subtle, "it speaks too softly".

The construction of one character happens simultaneously with all the others. The actor must take possession of his character and critically calculate its various manifestations. Learning a character is not only a critical process, but one that must evolve with the development of the other characters. The fictive object is a character that has evolved in a society, a given situation, and owes its construction to relationships with other characters.

The "possession" of the actor by the character, and beauty for its own sake, are some of the aspects of traditional acting to which Bertolt Brecht was opposed. Not X, but Y It is important for the actor to understand "not too quickly". He must reflect and interrogate himself about the possibilities; he should surprise himself. Brecht suggested this should be done in terms of an actor evaluating their choices first in terms of what they were not doing, and then in terms of what they were doing.

Every choice has an opposite that the actor needs be aware of. In the scientific age, an actor should be able to play an emotion sociologically, by the interaction of the ensemble of characters.

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A Short Organum for the Theatre

He attacks the core of the Poetics , that is, the finality of the tragedy. The critique that he made of the Poetics would become the center of his own poetics and of "Epic Theater". Politics He also points out that beyond purging souls, it would be a mistake for theater to try to reproduce the reality of its spectators exactly on stage. He did not believe this identification between the viewer and the dramatic character was acceptable to the needs of the modern stage. Instead, there should be a different kind of relationship between the protagonists and the spectators. This relationship, or rather, this phenomenon, he called Verfremdungseffekt in English, distancing or the Alienation Effect. This concept of alienation lies at the "boundary of aesthetics and politics".

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There are analysis of poetry , novels, dramas and literary theory; students can take help from my articles to write their thesis statements and papers. Plagiarism is a crime readers so please cite the source when you use the material. May you all succeed in your works. Happy studying!!! This theatre would offer models of life that would help the audience to understand social environment. The audience must be reminded that it is a play.

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BRECHT A SHORT ORGANUM FOR THE THEATRE PDF

Gardakus You are commenting using your WordPress. Instead, there should be a different kind of relationship between the protagonists and the spectators. He did not believe this identification between the viewer and the dramatic character was acceptable to the needs of the modern stage. May 30, Brielle added it Shelves: Though audiences still flocked to see plays written or performed in the style of past centuries, their relation to the action on-stage was impoverished in comparison to what those plays would have meant to former theatergoers. This critical attitude is one of pleasure and productivity: Return to Book Page. Brecht On Theatre The understanding and perspective of character is deeply understood.

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Posted in bertotl brecht , literary theory , marxism , semester 6 , theatre Brecht detested Aristotelian drama; he believed that when this drama produced feelings of terror and catharsis then it prevented audience from thinking. This theatre would offer models of life that would help the audience to understand social environment. The audience must be reminded that it is a play. Costumes made clear what class it was representing Gestures are social rather than historical. Catharsis fear or pity is performed for the purpose of pleasure. Greeks- lawful, no ignorance Englishmen- self-awareness of new individual personality 9 Pleasure is attained by those representations wo are unlike reality. Incorrectness is not wrong unless it has consistency and improbability.

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