Basics of Dance Aesthetics 2

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107EBDA2 exam 2 1 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 40 to 50 hours of self-study English summer

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The course contains the issues of general aesthetics applied to special dance aesthetics, which is further developed in other thematic areas. Students develop other aesthetic categories and concepts related to movement and the body (in dance). They focus on the interpretation of specific examples in dance using basic general philosophical knowledge.

Instruction is based on the ability to construct thinking and understanding of concepts, which are conducted through professional disputation. This type of interactive lecture and debate leads the student to self-reflection and aids in effective problem solving. 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 goal of the study is to develop knowledge of other aesthetic phenomena, relationships, observation, cognition, and the ability to verbalize the spiritual level of thinking about and presenting the art of dance. Students are introduced to attitudes toward art and the world through a particular form of confrontation, the interconnectedness of understanding life and artistic performance, and the lens of openness and collaboration of the phenomena they learn about.

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Required reading

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

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

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.

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

Recommended reading:

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

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.

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.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Oral examination, examination of knowledge and skills, presentation of research on selected concepts, analysis and defence of written seminar paper (min. 3NS)

Other requirements: 80% attendance, activity in class, completion of partial assignments



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