Welcome to Eye Appeal: Spectacle on Stage and in Life
From ancient times to the present "spectacle" (the visual aspects of human performance-architecture, scenery, costumes, makeup, lighting, special effects, and staging) has been used to expressively embody and evoke meaning in rituals, ceremonies, and artistic performances. This course will examine the use of spectacle as an expressive mode of communication in human performance from antiquity to the present. We will study the formal elements of spectacle that have been employed throughout history in stage and life performances. We will also explore the iconography of the performing arts and consider how this visual evidence has been interpreted by historians and scholars.
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Life and Stage
Middle Ages and Early Renaissance