Instructional Video

Dada, Surrealism, and Symbolism: Crash Course Theater #37

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Video 37 in the Crash Course Drama and Theater playlist discusses surrealism, as well as symbolism and dadaism in the world of theater. Playwrights the narrator discusses include Maurice Maeterlinck, Paul Fort, Lugne Poe, and Andre Breton, with a special focus on Alfred Jarry and his play Ubu Roi.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Look at paintings from the dadaism and surrealism schools and compare them to the drama from the same movements
  • Review the theories of Freud that informed surrealist theater
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires some background knowledge in theater history to truly understand
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Covers key literary elements such as symbolism and allegory
  • Makes connections between art and writing
  • Narrator speaks fairly quickly to get in all of the information; therefore, pause the video frequently to check for understanding
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