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13:06 May 8, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
German term or phrase: Handlungsträger
Role of the choir when discussing Greek tragedy
Astrid Elke Witte
Germany
Local time: 13:37
English translation:commentators/participants
Explanation:
This suggestion is based very specifically on your indication that the term describes the role of the chorus in Greek tragedy. As you can see from the following excerpts, the role of the chorus was precisely that, i.e. they commented on the events, but also participated in them. I wouldn't use "character/s" for this particular context.

In the open-air, day-lit Greek theatre, the chorus was a practical necessity. It made the transitions between scenes, giving actors the chance to enter and leave the playing area, and even announced what characters those actors portrayed. But the function of the chorus goes beyond this. The choral odes, accompanied by dancing and music, were part of the entertainment itself. The chorus both commented on the events and participated in them, so that it was both involved in the action and detached from it.
www.stemnet.nf.ca/~hblake/tragedy1.html


Chorus
The gang members are the chorus in Rumble Fish. They engage in dialogue with characters through its leader, the Corphaeus, who alone spoke the lines of dialogue assigned to the chorus. In Rumble Fish, Smokey fulfils this role.
The tragic chorus' most important function was to sing and dance choral songs called stasima. Tragedy has a characteristic structure in which scenes of dialogue alternate with choral songs. This arrangement allows the chorus to comment in its song in a general way on what has been said and/or done in the preceding scene.
'You guys'll just be an audience, huh? Ain't nothing wrong with an audience'
Rumble Fish
The chorus both commented on the events and participated in them, so that it was both involved in the action and detached from it. Their purpose was to ask questions about the nature of man, his position in the universe, his relation to the powers that govern his life; in short, theirs was a serious concern with the problems of mans fate.
www.pilot-theatre.com/Rumblefish/rumblepack/tragedy.html

Much of the dialogue was purposefully left out and cleverly replaced with dance sequences that physically show the actions suggested by the omitted dialogue. The dance sequences of the Chorus are functional because they help pace the story and are aesthetically captivating for the audience to watch.
www.nineronline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2001/04/05/3acc9a82...

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Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 04:37
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Vielen Dank, Ulrike, für Ihre sehr nützliche Antwort!
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Summary of answers provided
nacommentators/participantsUlrike Lieder
nacharactersRyan Montcalm


  

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31 mins
characters


Explanation:
Martin Helzle has undertaken to show how the characters (Handlungstraeger) of Roman
epic are described through their rhetorical style.[[2]] He relates this ...

Hope this helps! Thanks, RyanM



    (found this under google.com)
Ryan Montcalm
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38 mins
commentators/participants


Explanation:
This suggestion is based very specifically on your indication that the term describes the role of the chorus in Greek tragedy. As you can see from the following excerpts, the role of the chorus was precisely that, i.e. they commented on the events, but also participated in them. I wouldn't use "character/s" for this particular context.

In the open-air, day-lit Greek theatre, the chorus was a practical necessity. It made the transitions between scenes, giving actors the chance to enter and leave the playing area, and even announced what characters those actors portrayed. But the function of the chorus goes beyond this. The choral odes, accompanied by dancing and music, were part of the entertainment itself. The chorus both commented on the events and participated in them, so that it was both involved in the action and detached from it.
www.stemnet.nf.ca/~hblake/tragedy1.html


Chorus
The gang members are the chorus in Rumble Fish. They engage in dialogue with characters through its leader, the Corphaeus, who alone spoke the lines of dialogue assigned to the chorus. In Rumble Fish, Smokey fulfils this role.
The tragic chorus' most important function was to sing and dance choral songs called stasima. Tragedy has a characteristic structure in which scenes of dialogue alternate with choral songs. This arrangement allows the chorus to comment in its song in a general way on what has been said and/or done in the preceding scene.
'You guys'll just be an audience, huh? Ain't nothing wrong with an audience'
Rumble Fish
The chorus both commented on the events and participated in them, so that it was both involved in the action and detached from it. Their purpose was to ask questions about the nature of man, his position in the universe, his relation to the powers that govern his life; in short, theirs was a serious concern with the problems of mans fate.
www.pilot-theatre.com/Rumblefish/rumblepack/tragedy.html

Much of the dialogue was purposefully left out and cleverly replaced with dance sequences that physically show the actions suggested by the omitted dialogue. The dance sequences of the Chorus are functional because they help pace the story and are aesthetically captivating for the audience to watch.
www.nineronline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2001/04/05/3acc9a82...



Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 04:37
Native speaker of: German
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Vielen Dank, Ulrike, für Ihre sehr nützliche Antwort!

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Sep 12, 2008 - Changes made by Astrid Elke Witte:
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