VIEW & RESPOND TO VARIETY THEATRE VIDEOS

Both of these videos are examples of variety theatre, a form that does not aim to tell a narrative but simply to present a sequence of different “acts.” Video #1 is a PBS documentary of a popular American form of variety theatre that flourished from the 1880s to the 1930s. The first part of the video, up to 58:12 timestamp, gives a general introduction to the form. The second part presents and interrogates the experience of black and immigrant performers in this time and country.

Both of these videos (one page and a half )

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ASSIGNMENT #7 – VIEW & RESPOND TO VARIETY THEATRE VIDEOS

 

Both of these videos are examples of variety theatre, a form that does not aim to tell a narrative but simply to present a sequence of different “acts.” Video #1 is a PBS documentary of a popular American form of variety theatre that flourished from the 1880s to the 1930s. The first part of the video, up to 58:12 timestamp, gives a general introduction to the form. The second part presents and interrogates the experience of black and immigrant performers in this time and country.

 

VIDEO #1: VAUDEVILLE (118 minutes)

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v6VuPFCYgB0gDDCnvcx51cyvP8TY4i7z/view?usp=sharing

 

Video #2 is a tour de force performance of a highly accomplished theatre clown named Bill Irwin. “The Regard of Flight” from start to 44:33 timestamp) is an original piece that features Bill, who aims to create a “new” theatre, being assisted by an accompanist/stage manager and being dogged by a critic from the audience. This is a form of meta-theatre, that is, a theatrical performance that is aware that it is a theatrical performance. There are lots of theatrical in-jokes you should be able to get. The remainder of the video, “Clown Bagatelles,” is a string of classic clown acts.

 

VIDEO #2: THE REGARD OF FLIGHT & CLOWN BAGATELLES (58 minutes)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/168COwk30RIT1KLTb47tlWxptMEHqgTsa/view?usp=sharing

 

As you watch the video, please take notes on anything that strikes you as noteworthy. Include everything you want to remember and that comes to mind – names of performers, impressarios, critics; questions; comments. Type your notes into an MS Word document and upload to the Dropbox folder named VARIETY THEATRE RESPONSES by the indicated due dates. Have your notes available to you to contribute to the discussion for Vaudeville on Tuesday and the Bill Irwin video on Thursday. I want to hear a contribution from everyone in class these days.