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The Parts of the Tragedy
The formal parts of the tragedy's performance are given here in a brief outline.
Extends from the opening of the play to the first full performance by the chorus.
Those scenes of the tragedy which take place between choric performances.
Extends from the final choric performance to the end of the play.
The choric performances are divided into two parts: the parode, the first full performance of the chorus while it is processing into the stage area, and the stasima, the choric performances that alternate with the episodes of dialogue by the actors.
A performance within the tragedy in which both actors and chorus take part.