Expressionism Originated in Germany around 1905




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Expressionism

  • Originated in Germany around 1905;

  • Depicts not objective reality, but subjective emotions and responses that are aroused by objects and events;

  • Distortion, exaggeration, disjointed space, intense colour, agitated brushstrokes;

  • Fantastical , yet primitive.

  • Linked to political and cultural criticism to change society.









The Group of Seven

  • 1920- 1933;

  • 10 members, mostly from Toronto;

  • Initiated 1st major Canadian national art movement;

  • Landscape painters: 1st of European descent to paint the Arctic;

  • Criticized for reinforcement of terra nullis;

  • Linked to the development of Canadian nationalism, The Land being a constant element in collective identity;











Herman Voaden

  • 1903-1991

  • Experiments, searches for a dramatic style that expresses his faith in humanity;

  • Influenced by the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, and the Northern Canadian wilderness;

  • 1930—Symphony: A Drama of Motion and Light for a New Theatre;

  • Creates multi-media “symphonic expressionism;”

  • Founding president of Canada Arts Council (1945-1948), sowed seeds of Dominion Drama Festival by pleading for a league, founded troupes, created contests, etc.



Expressionism on Stage



The Ecstasy of Rita Joe

  • George Ryga: 1932-1987

  • Radical, socialist, revolutionary, activist;

  • Consistent themes of social criticism throughout his works;

  • Rita Joe is better known of his plays;



Elements of Abstraction:

Elements of Abstraction:
  • Minimalist set

  • Type, symbolic characters

  • Highly stylized acting?

Elements of Empathy:
  • Distortion of elements (lighting, movement , space, etc)

  • Soundtrack (ambient sounds, music style, lyrics, etc)

  • Representations of inner projections (memories, dialogue, etc)

Metaphor of the tribunal: Who is being judged?

“People who are forgotten are not forgetting. To overlook them is a dangerous delusion.” -George Ryga

“People who are forgotten are not forgetting. To overlook them is a dangerous delusion.” -George Ryga


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