Entertainment Studies (2010/2011)

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Name of lecturer
Monica Cristini
Monica Cristini
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I semestre dal Oct 4, 2010 al Jan 15, 2011.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to make students gain knowledge of the general aspects of Theatre History and also the ability of recognizing theoretical, dramaturgical and performing criteria which are the common basis for the historical theatre ex-periences. The course will also provide students the capacity of analyizing some specific fields of investigation in an organized and contextualized way.


The Course will focus on one of the most important period of the Western Thea-tre History, which goes from the end of nineteenth-century until the beginning of twentieth-century. Through the analysis of some of the most important figures of that period, the course will provide an in-depth analysis of the experiences which transformed the contemporary theatre scene and changed its identity, its func-tions and roles in an irreversible way . Through an individual research ending in a paper, students will also have the possibility of analyize one specific period of theatre history, belonging to their linguistic area of interest.

FIRST PART: Theatre reformations between nineteenth and twentieth centuries

SECOND PART: analysis of some essential key-figure:

- Adolphe Appia
- Georg Fuchs
- Gordon Craig
- Konstantin Stanislavskij
- Jacques Copeau
- Etienne Decroux
- Antonin Artaud
- François Delsarte
- Jaques-Dalcroze and rhythmics
- Rudolf Laban
- Rudolf Steiner and eurythmy
- Isadora Duncan and modern dance

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will consist of a paper – linked to the same historical period of time analyized during the entire course, and arranged with the teacher – meant to be a verification of the student’s critical skill; this paper must be given 10 days before exam.
Oral examination will focus on this paper and on the books indicated above.