Seminar of Criticism 5

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207SKK5 ZK 4 3T Czech winter

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Mode of study

Part of the classes, aside from discussion and debates on stagings is also meta-criticism devoted to considerations of what the students wish, in their written critiques, to achieve. One instruction method will be group discussions on texts which come up during the semester.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No requirements.

Course contents

This course is focused on reviewing stagings which will be available to view in Prague and at festivals during the given semester. There is an emphasis on those which overstep the boundaries of traditional interpretive drama theatre. The aim of the group work is not only to be a critical review of individual titles but also an effort to find and identify in the neglected field „alternative“ theatre (relatively) firm points.

Issue range:

  1. Various understandings of the concept „alternative theatre“
  2. Possible forms of „alternative theatre“
  3. Changes is the relationship and hierarchy of elements of a theatre piece in „alternative theatre“
  4. Overlaps of „alternative theatre“ into other arts
  5. Evaluation and judging criteria
  6. Changes in creators
  7. Changes in audience

Part of the course, aside from discussion and argument about stagings is also part of meta-critique, devoted to considerations of what the students wish to achieve in their critiques. Who are their readers and what criteria is appropriate for a critique. Further, considerations about the position of a critic in the theatre world and their responsibility towards readers, artists, the media in which they publish, and finally toward themselves. One instruction method will be group critical discussions on texts that are created during the semester.

Recommended or required reading

Knowledge of these two titles is supposed:

FISCHER-LICHTE, Erika. Estetika performativity. Mníšek pod Brdy: Na konári, 2011. ISBN 978-80-904487-2-8.

LEHMANN, Hans-Thies. Postdramatické divadlo. Divadelný ústav: Bratislava, 2007. ISBN 978-80-88987-81-9.

Compulsory literature:

DVOŘÁK, Jan. Alt. divadlo: slovník českého alternativního divadla. Praha: Pražská scéna, 2000. ISBN 80-86102-13-0.

JORDAN, Hanuš. Orbis cirkus: příběh českého cirkusu. Praha: Nakladatelství Akademie múzických umění, 2014. ISBN 978-80-7331-280-0.

KOTT, Jan. Shakespearovské črty. Praha: Československý spisovatel, 1964.

LJUBKOVÁ, Marta a kol. Šťastná generace: režiséři z alterny: Jiří Adámek, Jiří Havelka, Petra Tejnorová, Martin Kukačka a Lukáš Trpišovský – SKUTR, Rosťa Novák. Praha: Pražská scéna ve spolupráci s Výzkumným pracovištěm katedry alternativního a loutkového divadla Divadelní fakulty AMU, 2013. ISBN 978-80-86102-86-3.

LUKEŠ, Milan. Mezi karnevalem a snem: shakespearovské souvislosti. Praha: Divadelní ústav, 2004. ISBN 80-7008-158-9.

ROUBAL, Jan, KOVALČUK, Josef, ed. a MOTAL, Jan, ed. Divadlo jako neodhozený žebřík: texty o autorském, alternativním a studiovém divadle. Brno: Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně, 2015. ISBN 978-80-7460-085-2.

Recommended literature:

ALLAIN, Paul, HARVIE, Jen. The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance. London: Routledge, 2014. ISBN 978-0415636315.

CIHLÁŘ, Ondřej a DVOŘÁK, Jan, ed. Nový cirkus: s doslovem O atribuci divadlu od Jana Dvořáka. Praha: Pražská scéna, 2006. ISBN 80-86102-55-6.

KUBÁK, Ivo Kristián et al. Imerzivní divadlo a média = Immersive theatre and media: Golem: Meyerink, Štvanice, Cube. Překlad Valerie Talacko. Praha: Pražská scéna ve spolupráci s Tygr v tísni, z.s., a s Výzkumným pracovištěm katedry alternativního a loutkového divadla Divadelní fakulty AMU, 2015. ISBN 978-80-86102-94-8.

PAVIS, Patrice. The Routledge Dictionary of Contemporary Theatre and Performance. London: Routledge, 2016. ISBN 978-1138854352.

ŽIŽKA, Tomáš, ed. a SCHMELZOVÁ, Radoslava, ed. Art of place: creation from space: the study and practice of site specific performance in the Czech Republic. Praha: Akademie múzických umění v Praze, 2012. ISBN 978-80-7331-298-5.

Assessment methods and criteria

Minimum 80% attendance and class participation including visiting all selected stagings (at least 3) 50%.

On-going writings on assigned genres (at least 3) 30%.

Constructive critical evaluation of other students' work 20%.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room S410
Učebna S410 (DAMU)

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 16:00–17:30 Učebna S410 (DAMU)
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