Modernism and the Stage

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modernism and the Stage

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of prior study in drama.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module provides an opportunity to explore in detail the key facets of Modernism, as
    it was manifested in theatre.

    Autumn semester:
    The first part of the module explores the themes and principles of Naturalism in theory
    and practice, working towards the performance of a scene from a naturalistic play.
    Students study its historical context and conventions alongside the work of key
    dramatists and directors who helped to shape Naturalistic theatre. The exploration of
    this key movement in modern theatre is underpinned by practice. Key scenes are
    explored in detail and appropriate processes used to realise them in performance.

    ? Introduction to Twentieth Century Drama. History, context, and principles of
    Modernism. Introduction to Naturalism.
    ? Playwrights, plays and themes discussed. Introduction to Stanivlaski?s techniques
    ? Selection of naturalistic scenes for active analysis cycle and performance.
    ? Active Analysis 1: Reading the scene, Discussing the scene, Discuss findings of
    textual research/columning; Perform score of action, Silent etude
    ? Active Analysis 2: silent etude, Improvisation of scene, Discuss improvisation
    ? Active Analysis 3: Presentation of silent étude followed by Tutor feedback and
    peer review; Review the work.

    Spring semester:
    Students explore ?anti-realist? forms of Modernist performance such as Dada, Symbolism,
    Surrealism and Absurdism in theory and practice, working towards a group presentation
    which combines performance with historical and theoretical contextualisation.
    The conventions, themes and principles of these movements are explored in terms of
    their social, cultural and political concerns.

    ? Intensive 3 week workshop on Meyerhold & Vakhtangov
    ? Intensive 3 week workshop on Bertolt Brecht
    ? Rehearsals

    Teaching: Two-hour classes weekly (lectures, seminars and practical workshops).

    ? 10 min Group Performance of a scene from a Naturalistic play (end of Semester
    ? 15 ? 20 min Performance Essay (end of Semester 2)
    STUDY OPTION 2: 10 minute group performance of a scene from a naturalistic play
    STUDY OPTION 3: 10-minute group-based performance essay on a non-naturalistic form
    of Modernist performance

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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