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Re: Performance Styles
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0671.  Monday, 6 November 1995.
 
(1)     From:   James Schaefer <SCHAEFEJ@GUVAX.BITNET>
        Date:   Friday, 03 Nov 1995 16:45:20 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0864  Re: De-Canonization
 
(2)     From:   Douglas Abel <
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        Date:   Friday, 03 Nov 1995 14:04:31 -0700 (MST)
        Subj:   Performance Styles--But seriously, folks . . .
 
(3)     From:   David Akin <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Nov 1995 10:52:39 -0500
        Subj:   Performance Styles
 
(4)     From:   Ed Pechter <PECHTER@CONU2.BITNET>
        Date:   Friday, 03 Nov 1995 21:06:22 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0867  Re: Performance  Styles
 
 
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From:           James Schaefer <SCHAEFEJ@GUVAX.BITNET>
Date:           Friday, 03 Nov 1995 16:45:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0864  Re: De-Canonization
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0864  Re: De-Canonization
 
To Roger Gross:
 
Does _anyone_ [else] remember Kenneth Burke?  or R. P. Blackmur?  Their related
critical techniques -- dramatistic analysis and the examination of "language as
gesture" -- were already mouldy when I discovered them as a grad student, but
they still seem to me to be the best guides to negotiating the leap from page
to stage, to learning how to read the theatrical, human action in dramatic
language.
 
Jim Schaefer
 
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From:           Douglas Abel <
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Date:           Friday, 03 Nov 1995 14:04:31 -0700 (MST)
Subject:        Performance Styles--But seriously, folks . . .
 
Anyone interested in a further examination of "Canadian" performance style, and
its possible mix of British and American elements, might want to look at an
interview I conducted with Canadian actor R. H. Thomson. It's in --Canadian
Theatre Review-- 62, Spring, 1990.
 
   Douglas Abel, Ph.D.,
   Keyano College,
   Fort McMurray, Alberta
 
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From:           David Akin <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Nov 1995 10:52:39 -0500
Subject:        Performance Styles
 
Interestingly enough, the exact same query is sparking the exact same thread on
The Theatre Discussion List. From that, I pass on some comments from John
Spokes.
 
Spokes wrote on that list:
 
"I have found that American audiences do not come to the theater with the same
understanding of Shakespeare's text as British people do.  For this reason,
directors, actors and dramaturgs working on a Shakespeare production in America
are more concerned with bringing clarity to the text than their Brittish
counterparts.   Specifically, I have witnessed a number of directors in the
States focus a great deal of time on the first moments (first 15 minutes of the
play), specifically to address the audience's inability to "grasp" the language
from the start of the presentation."
 
David Akin
 
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From:           Ed Pechter <PECHTER@CONU2.BITNET>
Date:           Friday, 03 Nov 1995 21:06:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0867  Re: Performance  Styles
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0867  Re: Performance  Styles
 
I just got home comatose from a department meeting (it was a good meeting,
usually I'm catatonic) to read on SHAKSPER that there were "riots in Quebec
yesterday."  A couple of jerks punched each other out after the referendum on
Monday, but there were no riots.  I think the last bona fide riot in Quebec was
after Maurice (the Rocket) Richard got suspended back in the fifties.  The last
riot in ROC (the Rest of Canada, as we call it here) was in Vancouver a couple
of years ago after the Rangers beat the Canucks in game 7 of the Stanley Cup
finals.  We don't riot about silly things like national unity.  Our smug and
self-satisfied Canadian performance styles wouldn't permit it.  Ici, tout n'est
qu'ordre et beaute/Luxe, calme, et volopte.
 

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