Thespis


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Thespis

(thĕs`pĭs), fl. 534 B.C., of Icaria in Attica. In Greek tradition, he was the inventor of tragedy. Almost nothing is known of his life or works. He is supposed to have modified the dithyramb (which had been, in effect, exchanges between the leader and the chorus) by introducing an actor separate from the chorus. This actor was called the hypocrite or "responder." Thus there developed a spoken dialogue.

Thespis

first individual Greek performer; whence thespian. [Gk. Drama: Espy, 46]
See: Acting

Thespis

6th century bc, Greek poet, regarded as the founder of tragic drama
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As an expert in all things theatre, and a long-time visitor to the oft avant-garde Thespis Monodrama Festival in Germany, Minas deliberately chose not to include "very postmodern or physical theatre, things that usually feature in foreign festivals but with which the audiences here are perhaps not as familiar.
El segundo ejemplo es "El Capitan Perez", otro cuento de Thespis, en donde dos hermanas se inventan un rival ficticio para "inspirar celos" en un pretendiente, celos que se difunden por el pueblo hasta llegar a ser un deseo homosocial colectivo.
Departamento del Atlantico, representacion de la distribucion de las especies Thespis media (puntos rojos), Pseudomiopteryx spinifrons (puntos amarillos) y Musonia lineata (puntos verdes).
Thespis, according to Aristotle the inventor of tragedy, toured the country and staged his plays on his wagon: "et plaustris vexisse poemata"; Horace, De arte poetica, 275-76.
He moved on to the introduction of an actor by Thespis of Attica in 560 BC, the introduction of masks to differentiate the characters portrayed by the single actor, and the break from the tradition of Dionysian cult which enabled all of Greek mythology to become material for drama.
Plato, however, is also a thespian--a follower of Thespis, a legendary inventor of theatrical form as an on-stage actor's spoken dialogue with choir.
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