【RAM Talk】Western Comedy and its Developments
Apr 16, 2016 Saturday 19:30 - 21:00
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
In the West, comedy is a time-honored theatrical genre that can be traced back to at least 700 BC. Just like other forms of art, western comedy has, since its birth, evolved with the change of times and the development of different cultures. It took the form of pantomime in ancient Rome and farce in the Middle Ages. It was represented by Shakespeare’s comedies in Renaissance, Moliere’s comedies in the Classical Period and Enlightenment comedies in the Age of Enlightenment. Since the mid-19th century, with the transformation of society and lifestyle, European comedies were further divided. As a case in point, pantomime relied on body language took shape in Britain. Shortly after the birth of cinema, comedians like Charlie Chaplin started to appear on the big screen. In the 20th century, a large number of traditional comedies were widespread with the popularity of television, and many famous television comedians including Benny Hill and Mr. Bean shot to fame. They dominated the TV screens of households and were deemed as idols in different countries. The talk will focus on the birth and development of Western comedy as well as its aesthetic characteristics, main means of expression and representative figures.
Gong Baorong, professor at Shanghai Theatre Academy, graduated from Fudan University, and obtained his Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from Université de Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle. He teaches History of Western Drama, Foreign Literature and Theater Semiotics at STA. His monographs include French Theater 1880-1980 and Study on French Theater in the 20th Century.
Free admission, reservation is required.