Basics of Theatre Producing 1

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206ZDP1 ZK 2 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The subject's aim is to acquaint the student with the basic rules of personnel, salary/wage and commission procedure in the theatre, to compose dramaturgic plans, to learn the procedures in a production's formulation. To verify the students' ability to acquire and then process information obtained in an internal analysis of a given theatrical issue.

Mode of study

Based on the independent study of recommended literature and sources, students develop, independently, the course work on an assigned topic. The course work is presented by the students during the course and the subsequent moderated discussions are notes of comparison to modern practice.

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Course contents

Course content

1/ ZS (Elementary School) work schedule + introduction + literature + homework

The baccalaureate study, content and structure of the program and its character; fundamental terminology of theatre; changes in the paradigm in theatre, the theatre in the current concept of its study and focus of inter-disciplines; non-spectator and extra-stage parts of theatre; the creative character of the field.

Explanation, commentary and subsequent discussions of audio-visual inspiration based on Czech Television Czech theatre direction and paradoxes of modern Czech theatre, Jaroslav Kvapil.

2/ General aspects, genius locii, analysis of the location and environment

Cultural legacy, cultural capital, cultural destination, cultural policy, the culture state; micro-environments/macro-environments; theatre as a community forum, as a city reputation element and part of the revitalization of a location; culture as an image factor.

Audio-visual inspiration: K. H. Hilar.

3/ Modern history and current status of theatre in the Czech Republic

The theatre network and infrastructure; changes in the theatre topography in time; myth and reality, reasoning: the multiplication effect of grants to theatres and other social and economic contributions, theatre as a product, as a part of the cultural industry; actual tendencies and trends: the de-theaterization of theatre and attributes of theatre; the market, contest and competition.

Audio-visual inspiration: Jinřich Honzl.

4/ Theatre production, stage design production, performance production

What is theatre; intention, instance and the constellation; substance and systems enabling theatre creations; theatre promoters; visual (identity) theatre, theatre logistics.

Audio visual inspiration: Jiří Frejka.

5/ Types of theatre operation in the Czech Republic

From the independent project to multiple ensemble theatre; fundamental typology: the theatre as a public cultural service, the private enterprise sector, the non-profit sektor; configuation of the principles of modern democratic society; seasons, independent cultural centers, etc.

Audio visual inspiration: Emil František Burian.

6/ Legal forms of theatre operations

Legislative framework; maximum freedom and independence in the light of history; rise and fall of theatre; concrete bases (platforms) of theatre operation; lobby - lobbying.

Audio visual inspiration: Alfred Radok.

7/ Preproduction - production - postproduction

Organizing theatre and its network; author's vision and author's setting; realizing the vision; creative acts and processes; the product and its multiplications; theate and the media; significance of agenting.

Audio visual inspiration: Jan Grossman.

8/ Atypical projects- coproductions - festivals - international collaborations

EU contexts and globalization processes; so-called cultural tourism; multiculturism.

Audo visual inspiration: Evald Schorm.

9/ Basic theatre professions

The collective character of theatre - the creative team, the manager - requirements and disposition; the spectator and encouragement.

Audi visual inspircation: Miroslav Macháček.

Recommended or required reading

valid legislation of the Czech Republic, in particular

the Labour Code

1/1992 Coll., as amended

143/1992 Coll., as amended

and literature interpreting these regulations

samples of internal legal norms for theatres

the script of Bedřich Gregorini „Realising a dramatic plan in the theatre“

Assessment methods and criteria

80% class participation, completion of assignments and passing of the written exam are required.

Credit is awarded based on:

class participation - 20%,

completion of the course paper - 15%,

paper presentation - 15%,

final test - 50%.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

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Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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The subject is a part of the following study plans