DRAZ201 Art directing and dramaturgy III

Theatre Faculty
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/0/1. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. MgA. Jan Šotkovský, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. MgA. Marek Horoščák, Ph.D.
Theatre Faculty – Janáček Academy of Performing Arts
Supplier department: Theatre Faculty – Janáček Academy of Performing Arts
Tue 8:30–10:00 104
Awareness of the history of theatre and drama at secondary school level. Recommended to take concurrent courses in theatre theory and history. Active monitoring of at least the Brno theatre scene.
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce the basic categories of thinking about directing and dramaturgy within the European drama tradition. First, attention is paid to drama as a distinct literary genre and to the history of directing and dramaturgy as a relation of these disciplines to dramatic literature. Subsequently, the essential analytical categories for drama (conflict, situation, plot, synopsis, chronotope) will be discussed, and the course will conclude with reflections on the formulation of a directorial-dramaturgical concept and its realization in the course of the creation of a staging form. The creation of the new course, the modification of the content or teaching methods of the course was supported by the project CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_015/0002245 Increasing the quality of education at JAMU
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to - orient themselves in the basic analytical categories of drama and theatre production (situation, conflict, motivation, action, plot, storyline) - describe the basic features of the history of European theatre and drama, the changes in the role of drama in theatre and the reasons for the establishment of dramaturgy and directing as distinctive functions of theatre production - understand the structural concept of theatrical production - to think of a theatrical work as a conscious choice from a catalogue of solutions offered to certain problems, seeking to produce certain specific effects - apply this thinking in the analysis of a specific production.
  • 1) Drama as a special type of literary text; its key features; changes in its formal features and literary prestige in the history of theatre. 2) A brief history of dramaturgy and directing; the connection of both disciplines with the state of drama and their emancipation in the 20th century ("theatrical reforms") as a break with the theatre. 3) The phenomenon of stage interpretation of a text; staging of a drama - interpretation of a work of art by another work of art; what does in-staging mean?; interpretation as selection and "fruitful narrowing". Staging tradition as a burden and support. 4) Dramatic situation, plot, action as basic analytical categories. Plot x plot (practical examples). 5) The phenomenon of the chronotope. Motivation and its importance in theatre practice. Realism as a stylistic category. 6) Situational analysis of specific texts (Hamlet, Maryša). 7) Dramatic character as a phenomenon and casting as a basic interpretative gesture.
    required literature
  • MRŠTÍK, Alois; MRŠTÍK, Vilém. Maryša. Praha: Otakar Růžička, 1946.
  • Grossman, J. „O výkladu jednoho textu“, O současné české režii, Praha: DÚ 1981: 43–52
  • William Shakespeare: Hamlet (překlad dle vlastního výběru).
    recommended literature
  • Císař, J. Základy dramaturgie: I. Situace. Praha: Akademie múzických umění, 2003. info
  • LUKEŠ, Milan. Umění dramatu. Praha: Melantrich, 1987.
  • MITCHELL, Katie. Umění a řemeslo režiséra. Janáčkova akademie múzických umění (JAMU), 2015, 328 pp. ISBN 978-80-7460-084-5. info
  • HOŘÍNEK, Zdeněk. Drama, divadlo, divák. 3. vyd. Brno: Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně, 2012. ISBN 978-80-7460-026-5. info
  • HOŘÍNEK, Zdeněk. Úvod do praktické dramaturgie. Janáčkova akademie múzických umění (JAMU), 2009, 122 pp. ISBN 978-80-86928-59-3. info
  • VOSTRÝ, Jaroslav. Činoherní klub 1965-1972. Dramaturgie v praxi. Praha: Divadelní ústav v Praze ve spolupráci s Divadelní fakultou Akademie múzických umění v Praze, 1996, 207 pp. ISBN 80-7008-061-2. info
Teaching methods
A combination of lecture and analytical discussions on selected examples of productions. Supplemented by discussions with active theatre artists from the field of directing, dramaturgy and scenography.
Assessment methods
Graded credit based on attendance (at least 75%) and completion of seminar assignments (participation in an orally presented collective paper + written analysis of a selected situation from one of several offered productions).
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2015, Winter 2018, Winter 2020, Winter 2021.
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