Karel František TOMÁNEK
Name of lecturer(s)
Jiří ADÁMEK, Jiří HAVELKA
Learning outcomes of the course unit
MA program leader - teacher chosen by the student
- Familiarising students with the basic concepts of direction as a field of study.
- Developing and formulating students' creative authorship potential.
- Developing the ability for practical directorial work(space, orchestrating different elements, the rehearsal process, theoretical preparation).
- Learning to work with and direct a team. Ability to work in a team.
- Developing and teaching theoretical reflection on the student's own work.
Mode of study
Classes, consultations, exams, reviews.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
- Capacity for reflection.
- Ability to communicate and a sense for team work.
- Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
- Creative gifts.
- Organisational abilities.
- Dramatic situation. Working in the situation.
- Plot, motive, theme. Building the situation.
- Acting. The actor's role in the situation. The work of acting.
- Team collaboration with the dramaturg, set designer, composer. Theoretical preparation of the production.
- Practical directing work and its reflection.
- The direction itself. The whole of the production
From the beginning the study process is built around the dual practical and theoretical elements of teaching. Emphasis is placed on students' authorial, creative and authentic approach to the study subject. The first year emphasises research into the possibilities of theatrical direction from literary authorial creation and its transfer to a theatrical form. At a theoretical level this involves the designation and development of a situation as the basic component of a stage production. Another phase of study focuses on searching for stage devices and their orchestration. At this stage it is essential to study and research acting possibilities, especially in a practical situation. From the beginning, students learn team collaboration with a dramaturg, fine-artist, and musician; in the third year this will lead to an ability to realise a theatrical production. Study shall include regular reflection on practical direction with an emphasis on the ability to precisely formulate and analyse individual phases of work on productions and study assignments.
Recommended or required reading
K. S. Stanislavskij: My Life in Art.
S. Ejzenštejn: The Art of mise-en-scene.
Peter Brook: Empty Space.
Jan Císař: Theory of Puppet Theatre Acting.
Bertolt Brecht: Myšlenky o divadle
Denis Diderot: Herecký paradox
Jan Hyvnar: The Actor in Modern Theatre
E.G. Craig: The Actor and Uber-Marionette
Otakar Zich: Aesthetics of Dramatic Art
Jiří Veltruský: A Contribution to Theatre Theory
Anatolij Efros: Theatre My Love
Jindřich Honzl: Mimický znak a mimický příznak
Assessment methods and criteria
On-going consultations, supervision in rehearsals, review. Grading reflects the creative results themselves as well as reviews them and the clarity of student's future profile.
The course of study is determined by the person selected to be the master's study supervisor.
Instruction schedule see: www DAMU / katedra ALD / Rozvrhy hodin
Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:
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Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Directing for Alternative and Puppet Theatre (M.A.) (required main subject)