A theatre tradition is a theatre practice that has a fixed set of specific performance conventions that have not changed significantly over time.
|17th Century, French farce, France
|Barong (or Rangda) dance, Indonesia
|British pantomime, United Kingdom
|Cantonese, Yueju, or Peking opera (Jingju), China
|Commedia dell’arte, Italy
|Elizabethan theatre, England
|Hun lakhon lek puppetry, Thailand
|Karagöz shadow puppetry, Turkey
|Khon dance drama, Thailand
|Kyōgen farce, Japan
|Noh theatre, Japan
|Punch and Judy puppets, United Kingdom
|Rakugo “sit down” theatre, Japan
|Talchum mask dance, Korea
|Topeng dance, Bali
|Victorian melodrama, England
|Wayang golek puppetry, Indonesia, Malaysia
|Wayang kulit shadow puppetry, Indonesia, Malaysia
Once you have chosen your tradition from the IB's list, you will need to conduct extensive research into it.
Aim for at least seven sources, including books, articles, and videos of experts performing. Ensure there is solid traditional performance material (TPM) for your tradition.
Questions to ask, and answer:
The tradition wasn't invented as a finished art form in a vacuum. It emerged in a time and place, as a result of many different factors coming together. Be clear about how this tradition is distinct from others. It may have been a revolt against theatre or culture before it, or it may have emerged as an evolution of traditions that existed long before. Many theatre traditions evolved from religious ceremonies, for example, while others served a purpose in bringing the community together or uniting around a social or political cause.
In order to describe the tradition you must give a detailed account of what the tradition looked, sounded and behaved like. Adding reasons or causes to this allows you to explain. This is where understanding the context of the tradition - its host culture - is vital.
WorldCat represents a “collective collection” of the world’s libraries. WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.
When you search in WorldCat you'll find all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries - books, music CDs and videos—and new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public. WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, so resources are available in many languages.
You can search many libraries at once for an item and then locate it in a library nearby. A WorldCat record always lists which libraries hold any particular item, showing the libraries that are closest to you first.
If you need a book or other item for your research that's held by a library other than your own public library, you can request an Interlibrary Loan.
Google Books is a database of published books that have been scanned by Google and made available in Google search results or from the Google Books site.
You can browse books online, and...if the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.
Google Books come from two sources: the Library Project (scanned books from Harvard University Library, New York Public Library and other prominent libraries) and the Partner Program. In the Partner Program, authors and publishers are able to use the Google Books site to gain wider audiences and recognition for their works.
NOTE: This cooperation in the Partner Program results in Google Books having some nonfiction titles from self-published authors that are less than credible sources for serious research. Before using a book from Google Books in your research, check to see if it's held at any public or university libraries and if it has been reviewed in any of the major publishing or library journals. If in doubt, check to see if the book is listed in WorldCat!
An Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service where a patron (user) of one library can borrow books or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library.
The patron makes a request with their local library. This local library identifies the institution that owns the desired item (probably using WorldCat!), places the request, receive the item, makes it available for the patron to pick up at their closest branch, and arranges for the return.
The lending library determines the loan and renewal period for the item. If you need an ILL item longer, you should contact your local library at least three business days before the due date and ask them to request an extension from the lending library.
Some libraries have items in reserve or reference collections that cannot be borrowed. If the item you want is owned by a library that you could visit on your own (for example, at the University of Washington) you should plan for a research visit to look at the resources you need, take notes, and make photocopies.
Plan ahead! If the lending institution agrees to loan the item you want to your local library, it could take three weeks or more before the item actually arrives at your local branch, ready for you to pick up.
Good news! An ILL is a free service provided to library patrons. The only cost will be if the lending library charges your local library a processing fee for microfilm or copy requests.