Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-ART/05 - PERFORMING ARTS
Language of instruction
By analyzing specific issues of the History of theatre, we intend to introduce the student to the theoretical and methodological tools offered by the representative medium, regarding the field of communication and to the comparison between different theatrical traditions. At the end of the course students will be able to contextualize, comprehend and examine on their own the meaning of each coefficient proposed by a prose show.
In Anton Čechov's plays the structure of dialogue is elaborated in a radically new form, presenting the mechanism of communication in a negative way, that is, showing the difficulties that stand in between the establishing and the maintaining of contact. All the characters show that they do not know how to or do not want to listen one to the other, as well as everyone is in the situation of not being listened to. On the other hand, starting from the traditional structure of the "pièce bien faite", Samuel Beckett resolves the meaning of the whole drama in an empty dialogue, useful only for passing the time. In both authors, the conversation tends to silence and expresses the negativity of a pending existence.
1. Non-attending students will integrate the bibliography with the study of: Luigi Allegri, "Prima lezione sul teatro", Laterza, 2012.
2. Anton Čechov, "La domanda di matrimonio"; "Le tre sorelle".
3. Samuel Beckett, "Aspettando Godot"; "Giorni felici".
4. Lorenzo Mango, "Il Novecento del teatro", Roma, Carocci, 2019.
5. Simona Brunetti (a cura di), "UNICI. Le famiglie d’arte nel teatro italiano del Novecento", Bari, Edizioni di Pagina, 2019.
6. Study of a drama of your choice among the following: Sofocle, "Antigone"; Machiavelli, "La mandragola"; Shakespeare, "La bisbetica domata"; Molière, "Il malato immaginario"; Goldoni, "Il ventaglio"; Ibsen, "Spettri"; Strindberg, "Il padre"; Čechov, "Il giardino dei ciliegi"; Pirandello, "Trovarsi"; Brecht, "Vita di Galileo"; Beckett, "Finale di partita".
7. Study of the first seven chapters of the following manual: Luigi Allegri (a cura di), "Storia del teatro. Le idee e le forme dello spettacolo dall'antichità a oggi", Roma, Carocci, 2017, pp. 15-287.
Lectures alongside the analysis of sources of various kinds (archive documents, iconography, theatrical performances, films, video fragments, audio, etc.).
Conferences, sources, readings, and critical texts will be further specified during the course. Some materials, necessary for the preparation of the exam, will be available in the e-learning site. The critical commentary of the theatrical or cinematographic adaptations analysed during the lectures will be part of the examination. A specific bibliography will be provided for ERASMUS students.
N.B.: A cycle of lessons will be activated for the specific study of the manual.
||Il Novecento del teatro
|Luigi Allegri (a cura di)
||Storia del teatro. Le idee e le forme dello spettacolo dall'antichità a oggi
|Simona Brunetti (a cura di )
||UNICI. Le famiglie d'arte nel teatro italiano del Novecento
||Edizioni di Pagina
Oral exam with final evaluation. The questions proposed to the candidates will, on the one hand, test their knowledge of the History of theatre with exemplifications offered by one of the dramas chosen at item 6 of the list; on the other hand, they will test the ability to analyze one of the dramaturgical texts proposed in points 2 and 3 and their spectacular versions following the models showed during the lessons.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, the assessment modality may be modified as follows: online oral exam.