Evolutional Tendencies of Occidental Theatre within Modern Culture.

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
201EVZ2 ZK 2 3 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 23 to 33 hours of self-study English, Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Jitka GORIAUX

Name of lecturer(s)

Jitka GORIAUX

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 theory-critical texts. Summer semester (3.r. H +1.mgr.r. R and D)

„Apply critical thought to the phenomenon of modern theatre“

First block „Rise and development of modern European directing, dramaturgy and acting arts“

  1. Richard Wagner: first stent to illusive realism.
  2. Meiningen-ists: why was acting a weak member of their creations?
  3. André Antoine: role of stage adaptations of novels for the rise of modern directing.
  4. K.S. Stanislavsky vs. V.E. Mejerchold: invisible directing vs. theatrical theatre.
  5. Western Europe avant garde and its reflection: from Appiy and Craig to Kantor.
  6. Brecht's reference to the 50 years after the modern: between the formal canon (Benno Besson: Caucasian Chalk Circle). social critic (Peter Stein: Mother) and commentary (Heiner Mueller: The Career of Artur Ui).

Second Block „The Phenomenon of European Theatre from the second half of the 20th century“

  1. Drama and music: musical theatre of Christoph Marthaler and Mauricia Kagel.
  2. Drama and dance: from Kurt Jooss to Pina Bausch and Maguy Marin.
  3. Drama and fine arts: Klaus Michael Grueber and Eduardo Arroyo, Josef Nadj and Miguel Barcelo
  4. Drama and film: from Erwin Piscator to Katie Mitchell.
  5. Post-dramatic stage: ensemble theatre of Einar Schleef
  6. „Return“ to realism? Theatre of Thomas Ostermeier.

Recommended or required reading

Appia, A. „Herec, prostor, světlo, obraz“, in Scénografie 3, 1964.

Brecht, B. Myšlenky, Praha 1958.

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

Goriaux, J. „Post-protagonistické divadlo Einara Schleefa: scénologie zástupů“, in Pane profesore, uděláme Vám scénu, Praha 2016: 106–117.

Hyvnar, J. Herec v moderním divadle (K divadelním reformám 20. století), Praha 2011.

Klossowicz, J. Divadlo Tadeusze Kantora, Praha 2017.

Lehmann, H.-T. Postdramatické divadlo, Bratislava 2007.

Mejerchold, V. E. Rekonštrukcia divadla, Bratislava 1978

Piscator, E. Politické divadlo, Praha 1971.

Pörtner, P. Experimentální divadlo, Praha 1965.

Vostrý, J. Stanislavského objev herecké kreativity a jeho sociokulturní souvislosti, Praha 2018.

Vostrý, J. Režie je umění, Praha 2001, resp. 2009.

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.

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