Highlights of Czech Theatre 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
202ENJ1 credit 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students should gain basic knowledge of Czech theatre history and experience a wide range of theatre performances which they should be able to discuss and analyze.

Mode of study

Lecture, reading, writing, performance analysis, discussion.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Students are required to read texts and attend selected stage productions.

All texts are available in English. The character of shows will vary: non-verbal theatre, physical theatre, puppet theatre, text-based theatre (students will be provided with a script in English). Students will pay for the tickets. Tickets won't be reimbursed. Prices of tickets for students: approx. 50 - 160 CZK.

Texts will be available online, productions will be specified during the term.

The times of the shows will vary but it will be evening/night hours (shows in Prague start at 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:pm).

Course contents

The course will be divided into two parts:

  1. History of Czech Theatre (I) will introduce students into the Czech theatre culture from the Middle Ages to 19th Century. This part wil focus on the text analysis of selected plays and other documents.
  2. Performance analysis of contemporary and live Czech/Prague stage productions.

Recommended or required reading

Literature (selected):

Císař, Jan. History of Czech Theatre: An Overview.

Burian, Jarka. Leading creators of twentieth-century Czech theatre

Burian, Jarka. Modern Czech theatre: reflector and conscience of a nation

Burian, Jarka. The Scenography of Josef Svoboda.

Senelick, L. (ed.) National Theatre in Northern and Eastern Europe: 1746-1900

Goetz-Stankiewicz, Marketa. The silenced theatre: Czech playwrights without a stage.

Assessment methods and criteria

  1. Active participation and attendance of shows - 30%,
  2. class presentatition - 30%,
  3. essay - 40%.

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room R407

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 11:00–14:00 Martin PŠENIČKA Učebna
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

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