What's the difference between 'context' and 'content'?

Question:It is said in this sentence:
"provide a detailed understanding of the CONTEXT of both danceworks..."

AND

"as well as how the CONTEXT and CONTENT of the piece create meaning for the audiences."

oh and this is in reference to the matthew bourne version and the traditional version of swan lake. thanks so much in anticipation!




Answers:
con·tent 1 (kntnt)
n.
1. Something contained, as in a receptacle. Often used in the plural: the contents of my desk drawer; the contents of an aerosol can.
2. The subject matter of a written work, such as a book or magazine. Often used in the plural.
3.
a. The substantive or meaningful part: "The brain is hungry not for method but for content, especially content which contains generalizations that are powerful, precise, and explicit" Frederick Turner.
b. The meaning or significance of a literary or artistic work.
4. The proportion of a specified substance: Eggs have a high protein content.


con·text (kntkst)
n.
1. The part of a text or statement that surrounds a particular word or passage and determines its meaning.
2. The circumstances in which an event occurs; a setting.
context is more about what something means. while content is what it contains.
CONTENT refers to what makes a thing up.

CONTEXT is the environment in which it is used.

As an example, view the traditional Romeo and Juliet, contrasted with the 1996 version starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The CONTEXT is the same, but the CONTENT is vastly different.

CONTEXT is generally used as a descriptive where what is going on around something lends meaning to it.

I hope this is clear enough to be helpful.
Context means the surrounding clues, the setting, or precurser to an event.

Content means, in this case, would be the particular choreography or change in story of the piece.

With regard to the Matthew Bourne version, context could be the fact that all the swans are men and how this changes the meaning of the content, if you think it does.

I certainly do. Made it harder for me to watch and enjoy. But I'm a straight female, so...!

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