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The Imagineering Project

The Imagineering Project is a final project to design a new attraction for Disneyland. The project is based on adapting one Disney […]

May 7th, 2021

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Art and Politics

The artistic examples I have chosen are (Ngugi Wa Thiong’o_ inspiration from his book decolonising the mind) Selina Thompson – Salt and just in case Bella Hooks

Mar 27th, 2021

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PHAEDR by Raccine

Here are the links to the plays that I was able to find. If you are able to find a better/different copy feel free to message me.  PHAEDRA: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1977/1977-h/1977-h.htm THE SPANISH TRAGEDY: https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1794/3945/kyd1.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Mar 14th, 2021

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Local Theater Project Assignment

Imagine you have a client coming to Houston and wants to go to a play while they are here. Research three Houston area theatres or theatre companies answering these questions about EACH of them and present your findings in a report of at least 300 words (1.5 spaced) or more. Do not copy paste the questions and answer them, write out your responses. Feel free to use visual aids – you want to impress your client! What is the name of the theatre or theatre company? What kind of plays do they produce? (new plays, classical, children’s theatre, musicals, all?) Who is the Artistic Director? How many seasons have they been around? What are three of their past productions? Which would you want to attend? What kind of theatrical reviews have they received? Do they have a season planned for 2020-2021? If so, what are two of the plays they have planned? Would you recommend a play by this theatre company? Why or why not?

Mar 12th, 2021

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Musical Influences

Choose a contemporary song between the years 1990 – 2010. Analyze the song according to the following criteria: Social/political context Musical influences Musical styles and the influences that shaped the style Note: If the song you selected at the beginning of the term was recorded after 1990, then select a song that was written before 1980.  You can select a song that was mentioned in the textbook, but please don’t select a song that was featured in one of the Listening Guides In your essays, identify your song choice; include a link to either a recording of the song or a video of the song, and discuss why you chose the song. Then discuss each of the above criteria.

Mar 10th, 2021

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Whale Rider

The entire critique needs to be in your words.  Do NOT copy and paste reviews on the film. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome What was the intent of the film? Start by talking about what the film is and what it was intending to do. In other words – was it a comedy and was written to be that?   You fully addressed what your felt was the intent of the film and were specific about how and why.  Was the film successful in that attempt? Based on what you believe the intent of the film was, do you feel it was successful in its attempt? So – if the film was a comedy, was it successful?   After talking about the intent of the film, you went into detail on how successful the film makers were in meeting that attempt. You gave specific examples Conflict What is the primary conflict of the story? What are secondary conflicts in the story?  You fully addressed the point in detail and gave examples of where conflict happened. You also talked about secondary sources of conflict Protagonist and antagonist Who is the protagonist of the story and who is the antagonist?  You were specific about who the protagonist and antagonist of the film are and how they affect each other This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Cinematography How were camera angles, lighting, exposure, contrast and color all used to create mood and visual interest? Give at least two specific examples….You were specific about the visuals in the film and gave two specific examples of how those visuals helped to tell the story and created the appropriate mood This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome The story Talk about the story. Give a short summary of what the film was about.  You gave a good, brief – but thorough summary of the story Final thoughts Wrap up your critique by talking about the film in general. Did the story engage you? Were you able to identify or empathize with the characters and did they move you in any way? What was your opinion of the film?   You wrote good points on the film where you gave your opinions about specific things in the film that either worked or did not work for you. You went beyond whether or not you liked the actors in the film and did not mention if you would recommend the film to anyone

Mar 10th, 2021

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University Dance Theatre Concert Assignment

University Dance Theatre Concert Assignment   For the DANC 185A online course, you must complete one special project which includes viewing the University Dance Theatre concert and writing a 3-4 page analysis of the concert. After accessing the ticketing site and purchasing a ticket, you will be sent a private video link to the performance. The link will only be available November 13th-17th. This assignment is mandatory and there is no substitution.   Instructions:  Access the ticketing purchase page at  https://oduartstix.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1854. Write a 3-4 page analysis of the concert.  You will analyze only two of the dances in the concert.  There will be a total of 8 dances.  One piece is my choosing (James Morrow’s NONFICTION), one is yours. This analysis should include description, interpretation and evaluation of BOTH dances selected.  (50 points each/100 points total)   Description: A detailed and accurate account of the dance with which most (if not all) viewers would agree.  Title, costumes, set, lighting, choreographer’s background information, music information, etc., etc.   Interpretation: The process of explaining the meaning or purpose of the dance.   Evaluation: Opinion: a positive or negative assessment – What reasons do we have for saying something is good or bad?   Preparation: Watch each dance carefully.  Take notes on the dances when they finish, not during the performance.  Note the title, costuming, lighting, and the type of music for each piece.  I will post the program in Blackboard as a document to view so that you can have it while you are watching and while you are writing.  Allow your program to assist you in retrieving information about the work.  Write down any ideas you have concerning the theme of each dance. Make sure to attend to temporal elements (speed and rhythm), spatial elements (formations and traveling patterns), and choreography.  Also notice the style of the movement, for example, is it jazzy and energetic or balletic, soft and flowing?  What dynamics do you observe?  What kinds of shapes do you see in the piece?  Describe specific movements.  Connect the dance to something we have discussed in class.   Helpful Tips:  Take thorough notes, but not while the piece is occurring.  The better your notes are, the easier it will be to write the paper. Proof-read your paper, try reading it aloud to yourself or someone else for clarity and correct grammar.  Check the spellings of unfamiliar words.   Remember that your paper should be 3-4 pages and should include the following:  introduction, description/interpretation/evaluation of NONFICTION, description/interpretation/evaluation of one other dance of your choice, conclusion, and appropriate spelling and grammar.  MY LINK ADDRESS:     https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fvimeo.com%2F300775528%2F585efb64ea&data=04%7C01%7Cmmarloff%40odu.edu%7C5f4899f658f04cb865d208d888b031a7%7C48bf86e811a24b8a8cb368d8be2227f3%7C0%7C0%7C637409637613025931%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=3p3jILv9UUkPn7xrBdvNvUtEVNoX4Amhq7v9egknteQ%3D&reserved=0

Mar 10th, 2021

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Athol Fugard’s play Master Harold

Please watch a video production of Athol Fugard’s play Master Harold…and the Boys at the link below:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yV_eNQfXgU   Master Harold… contains material that may startle you.  It contains instances of racism and uses of the n-word.  These uses are within the context of the play’s setting and characters in South Africa in 1950 during the apartheid era.    Apartheid was the white South African government’s policy of absolute segregation based on race and ethnicity and was in force from 1948 until the 1990’s.  Apartheid segregated not only black South Africans;  Indians, Asians, and other non-white peoples were targets of the system as well.  Black Africans, however, were the most restricted group under the apartheid system.  Black South African’s had to carry identity papers at all times, were subject to curfews and searches, could be detained by police without charge or bail, and were restricted to certain neighborhoods, schools, businesses, jobs, houses of worship, etc.  Familiarity with whites was strictly regulated and most types of inter-racial association were forbidden.  Punishment for violation of the apartheid rules was harsh and police raids into black neighborhoods were routine and often ended in bloodshed.  Sympathetic whites were also arrested, beaten and imprisoned.   Athol Fugard, a white South African , worked in a government office and reacted strongly to the injustices he saw (and was supposed to enforce).  He left government and became a writer.  His political and personal works reflect his strong anti-racist beliefs.  Being woke under apartheid had consequences, however, and for decades Fugard’s writing could only be published and produced outside South Africa.  He was a frequent target of government restrictions and threats from conservative white South Africans.  He wrote Master Harold… in 1982.  It’s based on personal experience from Fugard’s youth.   This video production of Master Harold…, originally produced for HBO, features amazing performances by Zakes Mokai (who originated the role of Sam on stage) and, as Willy, John Kani (whom you may know from Captain America, Black Panther, and the remake of Lion King).  A young Matthew Broderick plays Master Harold. I remember how much this play affected me when I first saw it, and I’ve shown it to many classes over the years.  I hope you find it powerful.    So, here’s what I’d like you to write about:   Rhinoceros deals with an epidemic that causes humans to transform.  Master Harold… deals with a different kind of epidemic—racism—and a different possibility of transformation.  Both plays feature a fear of “the other” and confusion over who “the other” is.  Both plays contain wisdom, too.  One story is told in a realistic way, the other as an absurd fantasy.  Cite specific instances in each work that made you think, that moved you.  Are there any intersections between the two plays?  What conclusions do you draw from watching these plays?

Mar 10th, 2021

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Production Response

Watch the “Crash Course in Theatre History:  The Musical” video.  https://youtu.be/4kxzD4ASioI Pick a staged musical (filmed) you think you might enjoy.  Watch it. Write a 600-1200 word response to your viewing experience.  Your paper should tie in some of what you’ve learned about musicals, and focus on how the “means of delivery”  (Aristotle’s Elements of Diction, Music, and Spectacle) reveal Plot, Character, and Theme.  You will want to narrow your topic and detail several from the production to illustrate your point.   As always, specificity is de rigeur.  An appropriate scope of focus might be something like: An examination of how the director’s vision of creating a dark melodrama is clear in an examination of the costuming and set. An exploration of how the costumes reveal the 4 levels of character. An exploration of how lighting works with staging to emphasize key plot moments. An exploration of the ways in which the characters are brought to life through the interaction between costuming and music. A look at the ways in which casting choices illuminate the themes of the play.     The above are examples-the list is by no means exhaustive, and of course some topics will better suited to some shows.    The introductory portion of your paper should not only allow us to know what you viewed (company, date produced, viewing mechanism, etc.), but should also provide us with a little context for the work.  For instance, if you’re viewing “Hamilton”, you may wish to tell us a bit about the playwright and his goals for the work, as well as its production history.  If you’re viewing an historic musical, the “crash course” video may help you to contextualize it.     This is meant to be an entertaining way for us to explore musical theatre-and maybe have a little break from reality this week.  You’ve earned it

Mar 10th, 2021

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The Dumb Waiter

Questions on the play The Dumb Waiter    This time I provide you with the play text alone: rather than asking you to watch some rather uninspiring versions of the play available on YouTube, the purpose of this class is to put you in the shoes of stage directors, who will have to make a lot of decisions themselves about their production. Thus, I am ultimately looking for your own ideas on how to stage this short play and I will ask you to work more on this process in class.    The very first task I set for myself when I direct a play is to gather as much information offered by the text. In this case, as you can read in the introduction in the pdf, Harold Pinter is not very fond of providing a lot of details on his characters or their given circumstances. However, he does offer a few elements that you should be aware of if you then want to layer on your own artistic interpretation.    Your task here is the following: read the play and complete every question with the data that corresponds to the five categories. Be thorough: a single item is likely not sufficient: e.g. there are a lot of props and you should list them all    1. Space (where the action takes place, geographically, etc.). Where are they in the space and in the world?:       2. Set pieces: what furniture or other large scenographic elements are mentioned?:       3. Objects/props: what props/small objects should the director plan to have available for the actors?      4. Relationships: what is the relationship between the characters? (FYI: there are more than two characters…). What do they do with/for the others?      5. The past: what happened in the past with these characters?    Note: please read the instructions very carefully and answer the way it asking . do not need to add any extra words just answer what it asked only . make sure the sentence you will write that make sense to me. write wisely and precisely.  i will give the pdf after i will bid

Mar 10th, 2021

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