Acting 3 - Mask

Display Schedule

Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
309HM3 Z 1 15PS+10CS Czech summer

Subject guarantor

Štefan CAPKO

Name of lecturer(s)

Štefan CAPKO

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Acting with a mask.

The work of and actor with a mask is very similar to the work of an animator with a puppet, inanimate object and in some sense with an drawn figure. This course approaches the nature of this manner of acting. The internal feelings of the figure theatrically played enables the students to better understand the psychological processes of the actorin creating characters and using them in their own work with a puppet or other inanimate object in animated film.

Mode of study

Intensive instruction through a workshop practical taking place at the UVS Poněšice. Part of instruction is physical exercises. Close-fitting exercise attire is necessary, without print in neutral colors (grey, black, brown).

This course takes place in the Summer semester 2017/2018 during April 2018

The date and time will be determined at the beginning of the Summer semester.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

This course provides a basic glimpse into acting in make-up from and anthropological perspective. It is not necessary to have any special preparation.

Maximum capacity is 15 students.

Course contents

A study of the type of masks according to acting technique.

Neutral, character, expressive and dynamic.

Classification according to production technology and mask function.

Character masks

Masks over the entire face

Half-masks - covering part of the face

Expressive masks covering the entire body.

Static and dynamic masks (ex: artificial or projected)

Interpretation of individual masks.

Pereive the content and form of masks; respect material and from that position investigate manners of presenting a mask. Establish and play a situation with a mask.

Recommended or required literature:

Grading method and criteria

Credit is awarded based on activity in the intensive workshop. Students create a short theatre study with the use of solid and artificial masks.

Recommended or required reading

O. Vávra: Mluvíme beze slov

J. Švehla: Tisícileté umění pantomimy

V. Veber: Příběh pantomimy

Jacques Lecoque: The moving body.

Eugenio Barba, Nicola Savarese: Slovník divadelní antropologie

Jan Werich: Úsměv klauna.

Jiří Frejka: Smích a divadelní maska

Jerzy Grotovsky: Divadlo a Rituál

Jiřina Ryšánková: Herec a pohyb.

Assessment methods and criteria

Active approach to physical exercise, which guides one to the understanding of fundamental relations of the human body.


Every human being is capable of expressive movement, because movment is one of the first manifestations of life. An actor can become anyone desired. Understanding the function of a gesture and the mutual relations of individual parts of the human body is a process founded on the performance of body exercise systems. The pantomime principle of acting (embodiement) is the principle basis for any acting expression.

Group maximum is 15.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
26.03.2020 17:15–21:00 Štefan CAPKO Avalon
Tržiště 20, Praha 1 (vchod z Rektorátu AMU, Malostranské nám. 12)
27.03.2020 16:00–21:00 Štefan CAPKO Avalon
Tržiště 20, Praha 1 (vchod z Rektorátu AMU, Malostranské nám. 12)
28.03.2020 09:00–18:00 Štefan CAPKO Avalon
Tržiště 20, Praha 1 (vchod z Rektorátu AMU, Malostranské nám. 12)
29.03.2020 09:00–12:00 Štefan CAPKO Avalon
Tržiště 20, Praha 1 (vchod z Rektorátu AMU, Malostranské nám. 12)

The subject is a part of the following study plans