Contemporary theatre theories II. 1

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207STB1 ZK 3 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student should be, upon completion of the series, able to have a bearing in the issues of modern theatre theory in its entire breadth. The should be able to write on this topic a study or essay and know individual topics and tendencies which arise in modern theatre theory, an not only write in detail and evaluate but to arrange it into a wider cultural and societal context.

Mode of study

Contact, attended course.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Completion of the lecture series in the 1st year of Master's study and 2nd year of Elementary school.

Course contents

Lectures in the third and fourth semesters emphasize the deviation of contemporary theatrology from the fundamental features of European thought, primarily from the concept of identity, foundation and causality, which are more and more in todays arts research substituted by other concepts: analogy, relationship, dependences, oppositions, dialogism, contextuality, ambivalence and difference.

In theatre, these are the concepts: performance events, concept of post-dramatic theatre, ontological elements of theatre acts in which the compactnost of the theatre form is replaced by an emphasis on its process considerations, etc.

Third semester:

  1. Beginnings of theatre anthropology in relation to impulses of the so called Second Theatre Reform (Grotowski, Barba, Schumann, Brook).
  2. The influence of visual art happenings on theatre, performance events in visual arts (Kaprow, Schechner, Fischer-Lichte).
  3. The crisis of the concept of staging in theatre theory (Pavis).
  4. Interpretive and non-interpretive theatre at the beginning of the 21st century. Comparison of traditional performance approaches to a stage piece with new staging methods inspired by deconstruction and the so called „post-modern“ (Císař, Pavis, Lehmann, Derrida).

Recommended or required reading

Fundamental Literature for the 4 semester series:

Jan Mukařovský: Studie I., Brno, Host, 2002

Jan Mukařovský: Studie II., Brno, Host, 2002

Jiří Veltruský: Příspěvky k teorii divadla, Praha: Divadelní ústav, 1994

Jiří Veltruský: Drama jako básnické dílo, Brno, Host,1999

Jindřich Honzl: K novému významu umění, Praha, Orbis, 1956

Jindřich Honzl: Základy a praxe moderního divadla Praha, Orbis, 1963

Petr Bogatyrev: Souvislosti tvorby, Praha, Odeon,1971

Petr Bogatyrev: Lidové divadlo české a slovenské, Brno, Stezky, 1940

Jan Císař: Proměny divadelního jazyka, Praha, Melantrich, 1986

Zdeněk Hořínek: Herectví jako hra, in: Divadlo 21, 1970, č. 2.

Zdeněk Hořínek: Divadlo, drama, divák, Bratislava, Tatran,1985

Ivo Osolsobě: Principia parodica, Praha, NAMU, 2007

Ivo Osolsobě: Mnoho povyku pro sémiotiku Brno, „G“, 1992

Jaroslav Etlík: Divadlo jako zakoušení, in: Divadelní revue 1999, č.1.

Jaroslav Etlík: Termíny k dohodnutím in: Divadlo a interakce I., Praha, 2007

Jaroslav Etlík: Ještě jednou k termínům, in: Divadlo a interakce III., Praha, 2009

Erika Fischerová-Lichte: Estetika perfomativity, Praha Na konári, 2011

Erika Fischerová-Lichte: Čím je představení v kultuře performací? Pokus o definici, in: Souřadnice a kontexty, Praha, DÜ, 2004

Hans Thies Lehmann: Postdramatické divadlo, Slovenský divadelný ústav Bratislava, 2009

Jan Roubal: Představení jako Kaosmos. K jeho chápání v performativní estetice Eriky Fischer - Lichte, Praha, DAMU, 2008

M. Carson: Dejiny divedelných teorií, Slovenský divadelný ústav, 2006

A.Nünning (ed): Lexikon teorie literatury a kultury, Brno, Host, 2008

A. Ubersfeldová: L´espace théatral, Paris 1979

K. Elam: The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama, London, 1980

M. Quinn, Prager school Thetre teory, New York, 1995

P. Pavis: Divadelní slovník, Praha, Divadelní ústav, 2003

Richard Schechner: Performancia: teórie, praktiky, rituály, Bratislava, Slovenský divadelný ústav

Assessment methods and criteria

80% attendance, activity in classes, written review, oral exam.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room S410
Učebna S410 (DAMU)

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 15:30–17:00 Pavel JANOUŠEK Učebna S410 (DAMU)
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

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