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Opportunities: MA in Directing of Devised & Object Theatre (Prague) Deadline – 15.02.2019

MA in Directing of Devised & Object Theatre (Prague) Academic Year 2018/2019
Deadline: 15.02.2019
Online Application: https://www.damu.cz/en/department-branches/department-of-alternative-and-puppet-theatre/

LEARN NEW WAYS TO DO THEATRE, CREATE YOUR OWN WORK & MAKE CONNECTIONS!

(deadline to apply: February 15th!)

MA Degree in Directing of Devised & Object Theatre is a 2 year English language program at DAMU, Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre in Prague!

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The Master in Directing of Devised and Object Theatre offers advanced studies in the practice of theatre-making with a twofold focus: learning the process of devising a theatre performance from scratch, with a strong emphasis on a visuality of expression. Students will learn to create theatre performances with strong visual, spatial, object and media (low tech) aspects, as well as working in other related performance forms such as scenographic installations, sound performances, and other types of performances with strong visual and spatial dramaturgy.

The process will be based in devising techniques: creating thematic, conceptual, and/or documentary projects that are not based in pre-written plays, but are created mainly through the process of rehearsing, often as collaborative work of the whole creative team.

Students will learn to work with a variety of authentic, found, and created material: poetry, images, fragments of plays, songs, historical events, personal stories, scientific findings, common knowledge, pop culture etc. Students will further learn a conceptual approach to research and development of materials, creating specific performance structures (in the sense of narrative, space, and relationship to audience), for specific material, and proposing new ways for audience to perceive/experience the performance to provide the students with the skills to become independent authors.

The degree is in directing, where directing is understood as an expanded practice, with the potential to work within the fields of design, writing, and performing, to prepare students for work in theatre forms without strict divisions of roles within the creative team. Students will be guided toward becoming independent creators making their own artistic work.

For their last semester and final projects, students will be partnered with prominent practicing artists, based on their individual needs, working in the fields of media, site-specific, community theatre, movement theatre, documentary theatre, puppet theatre, visual theatre, scenographic installation etc., for a hands-on experience.

Students will further have a possibility to create a direct connection to the international environment, artists, and institutions as well as connection to Czech artists and companies.

PRACTICE:

The foundations of the program involve practical work that provides the student with a hands-on experience with all the elements and in all the phases of project creation: selecting a theme; building a concept and dramaturgical structure; processing material; sound, visual and spatial design; dramaturgical work with material; creating material through rehearsal; performing and working with performers; work with puppets and objects; work with audiences.

SKILLS ATTAINED:

  • Directing theatre performances with strong visual and spatial components
  • Devising performance from a variety of material
  • Devising using one’s own material (not only interpreting already existing material)
  • Research and development of material
  • Creation of a variety of dramaturgical structures and research of material
  • Performing, and working with performers
  • Performance designing (scenography)

CONTACT:

Sodja Lotker sodja.zupanclotker@damu.cz

How To Apply:
For more information about the course, fees, application please visit:
https://www.damu.cz/en/department-branches/department-of-alternative-and-puppet-theatre/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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