HISTORY OF THE THEATER AND PERFORMING ARTS (UNIT A)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To provide students with basic knowledge, yet with adequate methodological tools, regarding the subject and main models of the history of theatre. Additionally, the second unit will provide concrete examples of specific research on a single topic.
Course contents summary
The first unit is an introductory course covering performance models throughout the history of the theatre, with analysis of written examples, scenography and theatrical concepts. The second unit is a specialised course which analyses two key texts from ninrteenth- and twentieth-century European drama: Büchner’s Woyzeck and Wedekind’s Lulu diptych (Der Erdgeist/The Earth Spirit and Die Büchse Der Pandora/Pandora’s Box). The two texts will then be related to the works that derived from them through other languages, the music of Alban Berg for Woyzeck and cinema for Pabst’s film, Lulu or Pandora's Box.
The following texts will be analysed during the lectures: Büchner, Woyzeck and Wedekind, Spirito della terra e Il vaso di Pandora. Photocopied materials Berg’s Wozzeck and Pabst’s Lulu.
L. Allegri, L'artificio e l'emozione. L'attore nel teatro del Novecento, Laterza.
R. Tessari, La drammaturgia da Eschilo a Goldoni, Rome-Bari, Laterza. L. Allegri, La drammaturgia da Diderot a Beckett, Rome-Bari, Laterza.
L. Allegri, Breve storia del teatro per immagini, Rome, Carocci.