Alternative World Theatre in the 20th and 21st Century 1

Display Schedule

Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
204ASD1 credit 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English, Czech winter

Subject guarantor


Name of lecturer(s)



Contemporary work in the performing arts in the form of profiles and examples of the work of contemporary theatre, dance, visual puppetry, musical theatre and performance. The main focus is on creators in the field of post-dramatic and post-spectacular theatre, mainly from the Occidental performing circle - Europe and the USA (John Cage, Tadeusz Kantor, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mauricio Kagel, Heiner Goebbels, Rimini Protokoll, Christoph Schlingensief, Christoph Marthaler, Forced Entertainment, Gob Squad, Piotru Urbanski, Survival Research Laboratories). The seminar focuses on annotated excerpts from the works.

Learning outcomes

To introduce students to the most diverse trends in contemporary world theatre. Emphasis is placed primarily on the diversity of contemporary theatre and the dissolution of borders between individual artistic forms. Particular attention is devoted to post-dramatic or non-interpretive theatre forms.

Prerequisites and other requirements

  1. Ability to analyse and reflect in writing.
  2. At least passive knowledge of the English language.


Recommended reading:

John Cage: Silence, Composition in Retrospect

Vincent Katz: Black Mountain College

Kazimierz Braun: Druhá divadelní reforma?

Jan Hyvnar: Herec v moderním divadle

Eugenio Barba - Nicole Savarese: Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology

Hans-Thies Lehmann: Postdramatické divadlo, Postdramatic Theatre, Brecht Lesen, Das politische Schreiben

Rochard Schechner: Performance Theory

Arnold Aronson:Looking Into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography, American Avant-Garde Theatre: History, Amerciká divadelní avantgarda, Pohled do propasti: Eseje o scénografii

Patrick Primavesi: Heiner Müller Handbuch

Erika Fischer Lichte: Aesthetics of Performativity, The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics

Stephen Bottoms and Matthew Goulish: Small Acts of Repair: Performance, Ecology and Goat Island

Peter Brook: Prádzny prostor, Pohyblivý bod, The Empty Space, The Shifting Point

Elinor Fuchs: The Death of Character, Perspectives on Theater after Modernism, Indiana University Press, 1996

Jon Whitmore: Directing Postmodern Theatre

Gob Squad and the Impossible Attempt To Make Sense of It All

Tim Etchells: Doing Time, Endland

Heiner Goebbels: Proti gesamtkunstwerk, Komposition als Inscenierung, Aesthetic of Absence

Thomas Irmer: Die Bühnerepublik

Eric Salzmann, Thomas Desi: The New Music Theatre

Jonathan Kalb: The Theater of Heiner Müller

Andre Lepecki: Exhausting Dance

Gerald Siegmund: Abwesenheit

Evaluation methods and criteria

A condition for acquiring credit in the winter semester is 80% class participation. A condition for sitting the exam in the Summer semester is also a condition for successful completion of the course is class participation, completion of the course in the form of a 5 page essay reviewing the instruction content over the entire year.


This course may be attended by a limited number of Production Dept. and Theory and Critique Dept. students.

Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 15:30–17:00 Lukáš JIŘIČKA

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans