A mask as a source of inspiration

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
202MZI Z 2 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Research of individual mask elements, sketches and traces of face, character sketches, influence of lost of one's face in the movement of the body and stirrings of the mind. Emergence of a characterized sketch without copying already known masks. This is not pantomime or clowning. We uncover the elementary sources of the influence of mask on the body, voice and body tension.

Mode of study

During Winter semester all classes in working with mask elements and emerging inspiration impulses should be attendend and to go through all processes of this class.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Ninety-percent attendance in classes, desire to work in a group, submission of review paper.

Course contents

The course focuses on uncovering new creative impulses through mask painting. We will research the basic inspirational sources offered by masks and working with their generation.

We take a path to discovery without the application of proven techniques or similar masks.

Using several instruction which protects you from the ambition of „making a mask“, discovering a new face and evoking a new identity - new body movement, new words or new, other „unproven“ behaviour.

We will investigate the mask as an element. Everything, which in us evokes finding masks, we will follow.

Recommended or required reading

It is recommended but not required to study or know this literature:

Erman, Vít: Maska a tvář. Praha: Malá Skála 2010. ISBN 978-80-86776-09-5

Callois, Roger: Hry a lidé. Praha: Ypsilon 1998. ISBN 80-902482-2-5

Lévi-Strauss, Claude: Cesta masek. Praha, Liberec: Dauphin1966. ISBN 80-86019-22-5

Šonková, Monika: Divadelní maska a maskování jako artefakt i proces. Praha: DAMU 2012, magisterská práce.

Assessment methods and criteria

Focused work during class, subsequent completion of personal review, distinctiveness of display and ability to work with inspirational sources found are graded.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room R312

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 17:00–18:30 Monika ŠONKOVÁ Učebna
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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