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THEATRE SEMIOTICS

Ariadna Caadas Rico

OUTLINE
Concept of semiotics
Features of semiotics

Semiotics and theatre


Sign systems and meaning

Conclusion

SEMIOTICS
Science concerned with the production of meaning. Relevance of Ferdinand de Saussure:
Signified: what is understood (meaning). Signifier: the form used (word). Sign: signifier and signified association (words & meaning).

SEMIOTICS AND THEATRE


Theatrical representations as macro-signs:

Everything generates meaning (literal or subjective)

SEMIOTICS AND THEATRE


Nature of signs:
1. Iconic: directly related to the mening.

2. Indexical: closely associated with the meaning.


3. Symbolic: abstractly related to the meaning.

SEMIOTICS AND THEATRE


Sign systems and codes classification:
1. Words and tone. 2. Mimes, gestures and movement. 3. Makeup, hairstyle and costume. 4. Accessory and decor. 5. Lighting, music and sound effects.

CONCLUSION

Relevance of semiotics in theatre. Everything creates a new reality (meaning).

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