Richard Schechner's Performance Theory Analysis

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As Richard Schechner explains in his book “Performance Theory”: “the drama is the domain of the author, the composer, scenarist, shaman; the script is the domain of the teacher, guru, master; the theatre is the domain of the performers; the performance is the domain of the audience” (p.70,Schechner 2004). He proposes a model of four concentric, overlapping discs with the largest and the least strictly defined, performance, at the bottom, drama, script, and finally theatre resting on top of each other. Notions of the parameters of contemporary performance (drama, script, theatre, and performance) are defined with the different dominant characters (Schechner 2004). The statement from Richard Schechner makes use of processes and procedures that…show more content…
The perspective of “drama as the source of tension which moves the entire work (Schechner 2004)” plays as a reference in the definition of Drama in DSPI: Drama is source of tension, force, emotion, and thoughts from the practitioners. Drama is the reason of existence of artwork and its experience, and it is the foundation of what artwork is and how its experience is staged. Drama in DSPI includes artist intent and establishment of this intent in process. The process of constructing Drama in practice is the process that one practitioner who tries to find one way to represent his/her artistic awareness and orientation. From audience’s side, as what Bishop cited from artist Thomas Hirschhorn, “the most important activity that an artwork can provoke is the activity of thinking… An active work requires that I first give of myself (p.62,Bishop 2006a),” the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth relies on their interpretations of this…show more content…
Story is one mean for the practitioner to concretize some indescribable and vague feeling into a narrative experience regarding to Drama pertinent to a situation. Comparing with Drama, Story is a more concrete description of a desirable experience: how it happens; when it happens; where it happens; who is there; who else is there; start and end points; at some moment in time at some point in space; cultural and social context. In Story, the practitioner narrates his/her Drama as experience, and starts to involve “people” into this experience. This situation gives the surrounding to the next cycle:
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