Theatrical Space 2

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201DIP2 Z 1 2T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Introduce directing and dramaturgy students to the basic problems of scenography from a historical and contemporary perspective:

  1. Explanation of and practical demonstrations for various types of theatrical space.
  2. Instruction on the method of cooperation between a director and a visual artist.
  3. Basic orientation in the use of materials and the possibilities of lighting.
  4. Development of a directing/scenographic conception for a selected play.

Mode of study

Classes, individual consultations.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

  1. General knowledge of Czech and World drama literature.
  2. General knowledge of the fundamentals of Theatrology study.
  3. Creativity.
  4. General knowledge of technology and material used in production.

Course contents


  1. Specifications and typologies of space.
  2. Mise en scene and ground plan.
  3. Uses and possibilities of specific materials on the stage.
  4. Sources of inspiration, the basics of lighting.
  5. The directing and scenographic conception for a selected dramatic text.
  6. The scenographic gesture.
  7. Trends and possibilities in contemporary scenography.


An investigation of the basic parameters of space and its dramatic possibilities is enriched by the interpretation and demonstrations of the basic types of theatrical space during various historical and stylistic periods. For directing students, it is important that they foster a sense of and feeling for the dramatic space contained in the text, and that they seek its scenographic form. They familiarize themselves with the possibilities of the technologies and materials used, with an important chapter covering lighting. The climax of the seminar is the preparation of a scenographic/directing conception for a selected dramatic text. It is in this phase that the students are familiarized with the specific artistic questions of scenography and its modern trends.

Recommended or required reading

Pőrtner Pavel: Experimentální divadlo

Vitruvius: Antické divadlo

Ptáčková Věra: Česká scénografie XX. století

Bablet Denis: Scénická revoluce 20. století

Braun Kazimierz: Divadelní prostor

Svoboda Josef: Magie divadelního prostoru

Brook Peter: Prázdný prostor, Pohyblivý bod

Hilmera Jiří: František Trőster

Koubská, Valchařová: Bedřich Feuerstein

Pokorný J.: Složky divadelního výrazu

Lamač M.: Osma a skupina výtvarných umělců

Hofman Vlastislav: 30 let práce pro české jeviště

Journals: Interscéna, Scénografie, Acta scaenografie

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on completion and presentation of the course paper.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 15:30–17:00 Jan DUŠEK
lecture parallel1

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