Theatre and Technology”
Please view the following video:
And answer one of the two following questions:
1). How does she describe the relationship between theatre and technology? How
does science come into play in her work? (Note: she describes it at both the
beginning and end of the video).
2). Natasha Tsako feels that she needs to perform characters “that are not
exactly of human appearance.” What are her reasons for doing this?
2. Cirque Du Soleil Video: Highlights of Toruk Avatar (Inspired by James
Please view the following video and pay attention to how costumes, lighting,
sound, properties, and projections are used in the performance to create mood
and atmosphere. What do you notice about each of these? Give a written description
of how these elements of theatre are used in this performance.
3. American Theatre Wing: Projection Design Video
Please view the following video about projection design.
This group was
responsible for the Olympics in London (opening and closing ceremony projections),
as well as the huge projections on the Sydney Opera House. They also do many
projections for professional theatre.
After you have viewed the video, please answer these questions;
1). Why was their company (59 Productions) set up in the first place? For what
What does their artistic director say is their biggest challenge?
What is “live cinema” according to their spokesperson?
Which of their designs were you personally drawn to and why?
4. American Theatre Wing: Scenic Design Video
Please watch the video on Scenic Design and write one paragraph on how the two
designers featured describe what their job is. Please insert quotes from the
5. American Theatre Wing: Video on Property Design
Please watch the following video on Property Design. After you have viewed it,
describe in 4 to 5 sentences what the job of the Prop Master/Property Designer
is and how they go about doing it. What are the reward and challenges?
6. View Two Scenic Designer’s Websites
VIEW the following websites for designers Michael Locher and Andrea Bechert, two
award winning scenic designers who are both Theatre Professors in the Theatre
Dept. at San Jose State University.
From the above collections, select at least one image to illustrate each of the
following design principles.
Include copies of the images and a short
explanation for each.
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