HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY THEATRE (MOD.A)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To introduce students to the history of latter twentieth-century theatre.
To bring students directly in contact with sources for study of the performing arts.
To provide students with the access keys for critical analyses of stage languages, in particular those connected to direction and dramaturgy.
Course contents summary
Course title: Latter twentieth-century and contemporary theatre.
A course of an institutional nature on contemporary scene culture, in a European dimension. The methodology and sources for study; the main fields of theatrical action, from theatre as an artistic experience and cultural product to theatre as a tool of social action, education and expression; study and analysis of significant practices.
Cesare Molinari, Teatro e antiteatro dal dopoguerra ad oggi, Laterza, 2007
Walter Benjamin, L'opera d'arte nell'epoca della sua riproducibilità tecnica. Arte e società di massa, Turin, Einaudi, 2000, pp. 19-56 (“L'opera d'arte nell'epoca....”)
Lecture notes available at the Dipartimento Beni Culturali, Palazzo Pilotta, Piazza della Pace, 7/a.
Four dramatic texts:
Samuel Beckett, Aspettando Godot
Bertolt Brecht, L'anima buona del Sezuan
Slawomir Mrozeck, Emigranti (in lecture notes)
The fourth dramatic text is by choice (possibly in connection to the “diary of theatre observation” envisaged as exam condition).
The teaching method alternates between classroom lectures and lessons in which students take an active part, and with collective analysis of dramatic and stage texts (photographs or videos).
Students are asked to read part of the reading list programme during the course, so that the group analysis of a few of the texts is of integral importance to the lessons.
Assessment: both oral and written exams: writing up a “diary of theatre observation” is obligatory, starting with one performance seen (in agreement with the professor), and then according to the guidelines attached to the lecture notes (see bibliography). Apart from the evaluation of the diary, there will be an examination, during the oral exam, of the critical assimilation of the arguments discussed in lessons and the study of the bibliography.