Theory Non-Verbal Theatre and preparation of the diploma task

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109TND1 Z 1 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The study aim is to train the student:

  1. multi-faceted familiarity with historical changes in the field in relation to the style development of the arts and period societal processes;
  2. at the higher master's level versing of the development of thought on this type of art;
  3. enrichment of the educational background through impulses from contemporary industry literature and belle lettres, contemporary theatre and specialized creations;
  4. competent independent analysis of a work of the genre in the context of theatre, respectively dance arts.

Mode of study

After bachelor's study the focus of instruction in lectures whose content is demonstrated, if possible, with visual and text material, archive video and DVD recordings. Students are required to investigate historical procedures or thought resonating in contemporary arts currents. The subsequent master's study prefers discussion forms over theory topics, selected by the instructor and over important arts achievements provided through audio-visual recordings. The individual interests or specialization is considered in selection.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Considering the nature of mime theatre as a inter-type genre, a good bearing in the history and modernity of theatre or dance arts is presumed. If not, then, at least, one other concurrent course should be registered, for example, Selected Chapters in the History of Theatre or History of Dance.

Course contents

History and theory in Mime theatre is understood at the fundamental mainstay of the student's education.

  1. History of Mime theatre, knowledge of its basic concept
  2. Process of forming opinions of mime arts over the course of time.
  3. Appellation and definition of issues in mime theatre
  4. Analysis of individual artistic acts

Recommended or required reading

Artaud,A.: Divadlo a jeho dvojník, Praha 1994

Bakošová-Hlavenková,Z.: Pantomima, Bratislava 1988

Barrault,J.-L.: Som divadelník, Bratislava 1966

Barba,E.,Savarese,N.: Skryté umění herce, Praha 2000

Braun, K.: Druhá reforma divadla, Praha 1993

Craig,E.G.: O divadelním umění, Praha 2006

Decroux, E.: Parole sur le mime, Paris, nebo Words on Mime, Mimejournal, USA, 1985

Engel, J.J.: Ideen zur eine Mimik, Divadelní revue 1992, č.2

Fialka, L.: Knoflík, Praha 1972

Grebeníčková,R.: Tematizace těla a tělesného pohybu, Praha 1983

Goff, Le: Tělo ve středověké kultuře, Praha 2006

Grotowski,J.:Divadlo a rituál, Praha 1999

Hybner, B.: Clownovo pozdní blues,Jihlava 2002

Hyvnar,J.: Francouzská divadelní reforma, Praha 1997

Hyvnar,J.: Herec v moderním divadle, Praha 2000

Kovalčuk,J.: Znaky autorského divadla in:Přednášky o umění, Brno 2007, s.33.

Kovalčuk,J.: Od tématu ke scénáři, Brno 1985

Kratochvíl,K.: Komedie dell´arte, Praha 1987

Lecoq, J.: The Moving Body, New York,1997¨

Lukianos: O tanci, Praha 1930

Martinec: Lidské tělo, inspirace a nástroj dramatického projevu, Praha 1975

Mistrík,J.: Pohyb jako reč, Bratislava 1998

Petišková,L: Ladislav Fialka, in: Tanec ,Praha 1991

Petišková, L.: C. Turba.: Amatérská scéna 1992

Petišková,L.: Boleslav Polívka in: B.Polívka,P.Hájek: Předběžný portrét,Praha 1980

Petišková,L.: Křesadlo in: Divadla svítící do tmy (70.léta), Praha 2006

Petišková,L.: Pantomimy Charlese a Gasparda Deburaových, Divadelní revue 2005, č.4

Petišková,L.: Pantomima, klauniáda,cirkus in: Základní pojmy divadla, Praha 2000

Rémy, T.: Klauniády, Praha 1968

Scherl,A.: Pantomima v Divadle v Kotcích, in: Divadlo v Kotcích, Praha 1992

Švehla, J.: Deburau, Nemsrtelný Pierot, Praha 1967

Turba,C.: Klauni a 19.stol. , SAD č.2 ? 3, Praha 1992

Turba, C: Cirkus Alfred, Praha 2006

Vébr, V.: Příběh pantomimy, Praha 2006

Zárubová,N.: Mimika a gesta, Praha 2008

Zich, O.: Estetika dramatického umění,Praha 1930

Assessment methods and criteria

During study independent reading, knowledge of important mime theatre works and participation in discussions are required. A requirement for receiving credit or exam is: completion of the semester tasks, participation in lecture and class, successfull completion of the oral exam.


Due to the sometimes long-term interships of one or more students abroad, this course is exceptionally scheduled. Otherwise the instruction is part of expanded study in "New Circus. Beginning this year the part of the program relating to circus arts has been dropped.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

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Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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The subject is a part of the following study plans