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201HEV1 Z 1 8T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

  1. Become able to relax and concentrate.
  2. Master basic psychosomatic techniques.
  3. Master verbal and nonverbal communication.
  4. Develop fantasy, imagination, playfulness and creativity.
  5. Ability to analyze and interpret a dramatic text.
  6. Mastery of basic acting methods in various genres.
  7. Independent creation of a theatrical character.

Mode of study

Classes, exercises, testing, summary performance and its review.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

  1. Imagination.
  2. Performing ability.
  3. Physical skill.
  4. General knowledge of the prerequisites for study in the field.

Course contents

  1. Authenticity and improvization.
  2. Theatrical behavior and actions.
  3. Perceiving dramatic space and handling mise en scene.
  4. Dialogic character and partnership interplay.
  5. Creative starting of a dramatic situation.
  6. Stylization in various genres and poetic modes.
  7. Principles of the structured building of a theatrical character.

The starting off dramatic situations develops the ability to improvise and authentic action in given circumstances. Students are led to perceive dramatic space and to a creative handling of mise en scene in accordance with the production genre. During their studies they deepen their ability to engage in dialogue and partnership interplay. The students familiarize themselves with various dramatic genres, theatrical poetic modes and kinds of verse in drama, and especially with blank verse. This systematic preparation climaxes with the independent creation of a theatrical character in an integral theatrical form.

Recommended or required reading

K. S. Stanislavskij: Můj život v umění, Praha 1962

Radovan Lukavský: Stanislavského Metoda herecké práce, Praha 1978

Michail Čechov: O herecké technice, Praha 1996

Otakar Zich: Estetika dramatického umění, Praha 1931, 1986

Jiří Frejka: Smích a divadelní maska, Praha 1942

Jindřich Honzl: K novému významu umění, Praha 1956, a Základy a praxe moderního divadla, Praha 1963

Jaroslav Vostrý: O hercích a herectví, Praha 1998

Jan Hyvnar: Herec v moderním divadle, Praha 1998

Radovan Lukavský: Být nebo nebýt hercem - Monology o herectví, Praha 1981

Denis Diderot: Herecký paradox

Bertolt Brecht: myšlenky

Peter Brook: prázdný prostor

Assessment methods and criteria

Graded is participation in all class hours, acceptance and creative development of assignments, inspired collaboration, sense of dramatic situation and purposeful action, peripheral grades of meaning, truthfulness and authenticity. Grading is significantly influenced by the artistic results at the Summary exam.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room K101

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)

room K333
Učebna K333 (DAMU)

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 15:00–18:00 Učebna
Karlova 26, Praha 1
Thu 15:00–18:00 Učebna K333 (DAMU)
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

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