Contemporary Forms of Alternative Theatre 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
204PAD2 ZK 1 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

  1. Introduction to assorted currents and directions of contemporary alternative, or puppet theatre.
  2. To cultivate the receptivity of students to contemporary progressive arts, even if they are not part of their personal taste and focus.

Mode of study

Theory-history presentation and subsequent group review of video-recordings of theatre performances and projects. Debates with external professionals at a given type of theatre or other related arts field.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

  1. Completion of the Modern Theatre and its Twin I-IV courses.
  2. Attendance at theatre performances, important Czech and international festivals.

Course contents

Contemporary progressive theatre is presented in the context of the development of related arts but also in the context of philosophy and society.

Therefore an analysis of theatre tendencies precede the introduction of basic concepts and thought postulates, from the post-modern to post-dramatic or anthropological theatre.

The effort to capture the real current movements in theatre means rather an attempt to capture individual elements and events than to try to find firm given definitions and overall surveys.

  1. Post-dramatic theatre.
  2. The Post-modern.
  3. Deconstruction.
  4. Anthropological theatre.
  5. Devising theatre.
  6. Documentary theatre.
  7. Performance and conceptualism.
  8. Site specific.
  9. New Circus.
  10. Dance theatre.

Recommended or required reading

Adámek, Jiří: Théâtre musical, NAMU, Praha 2011

Cihlář, Ondřej: Nový cirkus, Pražská scéna, Praha 2006

Lehmann, Hans-Thies: Postdramatické divadlo, Divadelný ústav, Bratislava 2007

Lyotard, Jean-François: O postmodernismu, Filosofický ústav, Praha 1993

Pilátová, Jana: Hnízdo Grotowského; na prahu divadelní antropologie, Divadlení ústav, Praha 2009

Václavová, Denisa, Žižka, Tomáš: Site Specific, Pražská scéna, Praha 2008

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on successful completion of the exam before the commission comprised of study-year instructors at the end of each semester.


Instruction schedule see: www DAMU / katedra ALD / Pro studenty / Rozvrhy

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room R104

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 09:00–12:00 Atelier
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans