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Theatre vs. Film


Jan 16 2003
10:25 am

We were having a discussion in a theatre class about the purpose of theatre today and someone made a comment that i found very intriguing. This person was an art major, and they made the comment that they thought theatre was fresher and more important than other arts because they are always new things to expirement with and explore, while in art, everything has already been done and everyone is just redoing other things. I’m not sure what i think about that statement, so i was curious what other people thought. If that is true, is it because of the immediacy of theatre, the fact that it exists for a moment and then is gone forever, while paintings and other artforms are constant and static and are here for good? Is it possible to do something completely original in theatre? Or in any art form? It’s definitely something i will keep thinking about.