History of Stage Design 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
203DS1 Z 1 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Introduction to the history of set-design on the European continent, its most important stages and influence on set-design in Bohemia. Acquainting students with the methods used in creating a stage space and elucidate their principles.

Mode of study

Lectures on the work of the most important world and Czech set-designers. Sources of inspiration and relationships to European set-design.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Maturita exam, general pre-college knowledge of the history of the fine arts.

Course contents

Lectures and classes with a presentation of the most significant set design work from the Baroque set design and costuming to the beginning of modern set design. A paper on a selected topic in the history of set design. Searching for souces of inspirations and contexts of set design.

  1. Baroque stage design, Types of set design in the 19th century.
  2. Other Baroque theatres in Bohemia (a survey, characteristics, Valtice, Kačina, Mnichovo Hradiště, Náchod), Zámecke Divadlo in Litomyšl (J. Platzer).
  3. Giuseppe Gallí-Bibiena and assoc., principles of illusory perspective scenery.
  4. Český Krumlov, Johann Wetschel, Leo Merkel.
  5. Typcast set design of the 19th century. Quaglio, Brioschi-Burghardt-Katuský, The Russian Avant Garde, German Expressionism, Italian Futurism, Appia, Craig, Diagilev's ballets.

Recommended or required reading

Svět barokního divadla, Český Krumlov 2010, Oskar Schlemmer, Böblingen 1988

Die Russische Avantgarde und die Bühne 1890-1930, Schleswig 1991

Ribi H., E. G. Craig, Figur und Abstraktion, Basel 2000, Dějiny českého divadla III., IV., Praha 1983

Assessment methods and criteria

75% attendance at lectures and classes, independent creation of the course paper and its presentation (approx. 10 pages of text), credit through an oral exam.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room S201
Hallerův sál

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
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Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Fri 08:30–10:00 Vlasta KOUBSKÁ Hallerův sál
Karlova 26, Praha 1
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Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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