Basics of Dance Aesthetics 1

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107EBDA1 Z 2 1 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 41 to 51 hours of self-study English winter

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The course deals with general aesthetics applied to special dance aesthetics. Students will learn about general aesthetic categories and concepts related to movement and the body (in dance). The introduction to the study of aesthetics also includes a general overview of the development and characteristics of European philosophy.

Teaching is based on the ability to construct thought and understanding of concepts, which are conducted in the form of a scholarly disputation. This type of interactive lecture and debate leads the student to self-reflection and helps to solve the assigned tasks effectively. Professional guidance ensures the quality of understanding of aesthetics and the acquisition of professional discourse in which the student uses the acquired knowledge and skills of the field and demonstrates the ability to apply them in a distinctive way.

The aim of the study is to acquire knowledge of aesthetic phenomena, relationships, as well as the theory of perception, observation and cognition. Students are introduced to the aesthetic function, the principle of judgment formation, aesthetic experience and the concept of beauty of the body and beauty of movement.

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Recommended or required reading

Required reading:

ARISTOTLE. Poetics. Penguin Classics, 1997. ISBN 978-0140446364.

TOWNSEND, Dabney. The A to Z of Asthetics. Scarecrow Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0810875814.

DAVIES, Stephen ed. Companion to Aesthetics. Willey-Blackwell, 2009. ISBN 978-1405169226.

ROYCE PETERSON, Anya. The Antropology of Dance. Vyd. 1. Indiana University Press 1977. ISBN 978-1852730888.

BESTDavid. Expression in Movement and The Arts. London: Henry Kimpton Publishers, 1974.

Recommended reading:

JANEČEK, Václav. Tělo a tanec. 1. vyd. Praha: Akademie múzických umění v Praze, 1997. 103 s. ISBN 80-85883-23-6.

ZICH, Otakar. Estetika dramatického umění: teoretická dramaturgie. 2. vyd. Praha: Panorama, 1987.

ZUSKA, Vlastimil. Estetika: úvod do současnosti tradiční disciplíny. Vyd. 1. Praha: Triton, 2001. 132 s. ISBN 80-7254-194-3.

LENDEROVÁ, Milena. Dějiny těla : prameny, koncepty, historiografie. 1. vydání. Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2013. 261 stran. ISBN 978-80-7465-068-0.

Základní pojmy divadla: teatrologický slovník. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri Národní divadlo v Praze, 2004. 348 s. ISBN 80-7277-194-9.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination of knowledge and skills, presentation of research on selected concepts and examples of their manifestation in the art of dance

Other requirements: 80% attendance, activity in class, working on partial assignments



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