Wednesday, 13 June 2018


The art of emotions…

As per the very famous theory of Professor Robert Plutchik, there are basic 8 emotions that a human feels in his whole life. The list of these 8 emotions is as follows:

1.     Fear
2.     Anger
3.     Sadness
4.     Joy
5.     Disgust
6.     Surprise
7.     Trust
8.     Anticipation or Expectation

Rest all feelings are either higher or lower forms of these basic emotions.  We all very well understand the meaning of these emotions as well. However, the reason why we are reading them here is because they are the major constituent of theatre.

Theatre can be simply described as a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performances of actor/actresses to represent a real or imagined event before a live audience usually on a stage. Performers may use a combination of gestures, music, speeches, poetry, dance and light to enhance their performances. Special costumes, props and sometimes masks are also used by artists to make the theatre livelier.

Theatre is one of the oldest forms of art and has it origin from Greece during 700 BC. The development has been majorly recorded in the city state Athens where it was performed as a part of their festivals called Dionysia which honored Dionysus- the God of grape harvest, wine making and fertility.
Later on the art was also being used at many other occasions as well with several different themes of religious rituals, political laws, athletes, weddings and funerals.

Since then theatre had emerged a lot. Today, we have a wide collection of literature which are being translated and represented in the form of theatre. Also, a lot of new talents are creating fresh story boards for theatre to represent modern scenarios and issues. Beauty of the theatre is it helps people to memorise the events. It gives people a live experience of those events where they were not present physically at the time of event happening.

" Hit the link to watch IAAN Students performing theatre"

You can become a theatre artist if you know the right use of emotions and expressions. If you can just show them the way words tell you. Learning theatre is itself an art. You won’t be asked directly to go on the stage and perform. It starts from the very basic things. The trainer would ask you to do some exercise repeatedly to improve the movement of your muscles and to improve the quality of your voice as the right movement of muscle gives you the right expression and the voice demands modulations as per the need of emotion. However this may be time taking but if you want to become a theatre artist, be very patient, not everything comes fast. Best things take time to happen.

Happy Learning!!!

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