Evolutional Tendencies of Occidental Theatre within Modern Culture.

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201EVZ1 Z 2 3 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 19 to 29 hours of self-study English, Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The Development Tendencies of Western Theatre in Modern Culture course develops from a topic series of individual studies to the state exam. The original material is primarily video recordings of foreign stagings supplemented with corresponding theory-criticism texts. The aim of the course is not only to enrich student knowledge and provide them with a particular reflection of modern Western theatre art in the appropriate contexts, but, as well, and perhaps even more so, to initiate and develop their critical-analytical skills through analysis and identifying issues of examples from practice; ideally an ability to independently review one's creative experience.

Mode of study

Classes, screenings, lectures.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Successful completion of the Bachelor's exam (for directors and dramaturgists); for actors the advanced tests.

Course contents

The Development Tendencies of Western Theatre in Modern Culture course is developed from topic series of individual studies for the state exam. The beginning material is primarily video recordings of foreign stagings supplemented with corresponding theoretical and critical texts. (3.r. H +1.mgr.r. R and D + 4. r. S)

„To apply critical thinking on the phenomenon of modern theatre“

  1. Theatre: Institution, buildings, space, ensemble, operations, manner of communication, or expression a/or art.
  2. Mimicry: (dramatic, or stage) art as an image and expression: How can Aristotle and Diderot's considerations enrich the perception of modern art?
  3. Drama arts in the Western and Eastern tradition: Oriental inspiration in Antonin Artaud’s work, Living Theatre and Ariane Mnouchkine.
  4. Craft and enthusiasm: requirements and particulars of the creative process in drama arts and its imaginative and intellectual moments. Intuition and trade: convention as a requirement and barrier to creation: Theatre directness according to Peter Brook: improvisation as a trade.
  5. Archaic (traditional), modern and contemporary (post-modern): Classical texts on contemporary European stages: Antoine Vitez (Elektra), Klaus Michael Grueber (Bakchantky), Peter Brook (Hamlet), Stephane Braunschweig (Woyzeck), Thomas Ostermeier (dram H. Ibsen) and Michael Thalheimer (Emilia Galotti).
  6. Relationship of stage and auditorium in a mirror (executed and possible) changes in theatre space: To the stage design diversity of contemporary theatre: from peephole to processional (Bread and Puppet Theatre) and immersive theatre (Wooster Group / Richard Schechner).
  7. Types and genres of drama (stage) arts in connection to its elements: Merging of arts disciplines on stage: examples by Robert Wilson.
  8. Playing (playing a scene) in live and acting (scene, by extension dramatic) arts: Acting vs. performance: Marina Abramovic and Romeo Castellucci.
  9. Drama (stage) arts from the perspective of its cultural, aesthetic and psycho-social function: „Theatre Container“ of Christoph Schlingensief.
  10. Drama arts and development of media: Film principles in the theatre of Thomas Ostermeier.

Recommended or required reading

Aristoteles, Poetika, všechna vydání, např. Praha 1993.

Artaud, A. Divadlo a jeho dvojenec, Praha 1994.

Brook, P. Prázdný prostor, Praha 1988.

Diderot, D. „Rozmluvy o Nemanželském synovi“, in (týž) Diderot o divadle, Praha 1950.

Goffmann, E. Všichni hrajeme divadlo, Praha 1999.

Goriaux, J. Divadlo Thomase Ostermeiera, Praha 2014.

Honzl, J. K novému významu umění, Praha 1956.

Ostermeier, T., Boenisch, P. M. The Theatre of Thomas Ostermeier, London and New York, 2016.

Schechner, R. „6 Axioms for Environmental Theatre“, TDR/The Drama Review 12/3, 1968.

Vostrý, J. Scénování v době všeobecné scénovanosti, Praha 2012.

Vostrý, J. Scénování a umění, Praha 2020.

Vývojové tendence západního divadla v moderní kultuře, antologie textů k semináři, přel. a uspořádala J. Goriaux, Praha 2021.

Assessment methods and criteria

Class participation, completion of course paper.

Further information

Course may be repeated

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