Jacques Lecoq and the concept attributed to Grotowski the"via negativa". Way not to go.
This is the sense that we are searching to understand and we know better by identifying what does not work.
What works well in theatre can be learnt by using this approach rather than trying to teach all students to do and be the same.
The following criticism is worthwhile taking into consideration and if you believe you can know what 'good theatre' is then you will see the limits to this intellectual process.
"how can one reasonably claim what something is not unless they have some clear idea of what it is?
For example, how can I claim that a cat is not a reptile unless I first know what the characteristics of a "reptile" are and then also know that a cat lacks them?
I may not know enough to say that a cat is a mammal, but I have to know some things about the cat."
The Theatre History Mind Maps were used prior to this Moodle environment.
Last update was 28th March 2014.
The mind map is one way of viewing a myriad of possibilities in the contextual studies of theatre.
These maps are not definitive, 'correct' or properly referenced and are sourced from all over the place.
If you are looking to source this information please do not reference wiki without thoroughly checking the authority.
I take no responsibility for copyright on these maps.
I advise you always to look for the original source.
If you find the maps useful then that is why I post them here.
The moodle site provides a more comprehensive and up to date approach to the concepts proposed in the maps.
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Theatre History Mind Maps
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