UBKKDBP022 Contemporary Theatre

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Pavla Bergmannová (lecturer)
Mgr. Pavla Bergmannová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Pavla Bergmannová
Institute of The Czech Language and Library Science – Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide students with basic information about the context of the history of world and Czech theatre of the 20th century up to the present. Attention will be focused both on the aesthetic and philosophical concepts of theatre and dramatic production in individual periods, as well as on the development of staging forms, scenography and acting. Students will acquire key knowledge about the development of drama and theatre conventions of individual historical stages.
Learning outcomes
Orientation in the history of world and Czech theatre from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.
Ability to characterize fundamental tendencies in development of Czech theatre in social context.
Ability to analyse dramatic texts in context of theatre staging practices of each period.
  • 1. Reforms of European theatre in the first half of the 20th century.
  • 2. Theatre and drama 1918-1945 in Europa and in the United States. Experimental theatre.
  • 3. Czech drama and theatre 1918-1945: official theatre stages. Key figures of Czech directing (Jaroslav Kvapil, František Zavřel, K. H. Hilar…).
  • 4. Czech theatre Avant Garde: Osvobozené divadlo/Liberated Theatre, Czech theatre directors (Jindřich Honzl, Jiří Frejka, E. F. Burian).
  • 5. Czech interwar drama.
  • 6. Existentialism & Theatre of the Absurd.
  • 7. Theatre after World War II: Second theatre reform (theatres nd directors).
  • 8. Drama in the second half of the 20th century.
  • 9. Czech theatre in totalitarian system (1945-1989), periodization and tendencies.
  • 10. Important Czech theatre companies and directors (1945-1989). Author's theatre, Studio theatres.
  • 11. Famous Czech playwrights (1945-1989).
  • 12. Tendencies in contemporary European theatre: Changes in dramaturgy and directors. Contemporary European playwrights.
  • 13. Czech theatre and drama after 1989.
    required literature
  • FISCHER-LICHTE, E. Dejiny drámy. Bratislava: Divadelný ústav, 2003.
  • SEMIL, M. - WYSINSKA, E. Slovník světového divadla 1945-1990. Praha: Divadelní ústav, 1998.
  • CÍSAŘ, J. Přehled dějin českého divadla. Praha: Akademie múzických umění, 2006.
  • BRAUN, K. Druhá divadelní reforma? Praha: Divadelní ústav, 1993.
  • JUST, V. Divadlo v totalitním systému. Praha: Academia, 2010.
  • BROCKETT, O. G. Dějiny divadla. Praha: Lidové nakladatelství, 1999. info
  • HYVNAR, J. Francouzská divadelní reforma : od Antonia k Artaudovi. Praha: Pražská scéna, 1996. info
    recommended literature
  • AROSON, A. Americké avantgardní divadlo. Praha: AMU, 2011.
  • CARLSON, M. Dejiny divadelných teórií. Bratislava: Divadelný ústav, 2006.
  • BROOK, P. Prázdný prostor. Praha: Panorama, 1988. info
Teaching methods
Lecture. Analysis of selected dramatic texts. Discussion.
Assessment methods
1. Class participation.
2. List of the dramas which a student read (20 titles from this period).
3. Presentation of assignments.
4. Completion of the final oral written exam over the period discussed.
Language of instruction
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2020, Winter 2022, Winter 2023.
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