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THEATRICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

CODE 84350
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8467 STORIA DELL'ARTE E VALORIZZAZ. PATRIMONIO ARTISTICO(LM-89) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 3nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-ART/05
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The historical study of theater, overcoming the nineteenth-century prejudice (theater = literature), became autonomous in the last century, focusing on the performative aspects (“Storia del Teatro e dello Spettacolo”); today there is the need for a third approach, which considers the variety of theatrical behaviors in their unfolding, without the presumption of a linear narrative, as improbable as ephemeral is its object, but rather subtended by the understanding of the present.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Even without constituting discipline, the anthropological approach to the study of theater is able to speak, together, of what it has been and of what is still for us; incorporating and even using our inevitable prejudices in the story itself of its irreducible differences, historical and geographical. The course aims to retrace, among ancient and contemporary examples, Western and Oriental, theatrical and media, the main issues related to the theater and its relevance: the body, improvisation, the rite, the voice, the myth, the space, mask and disguise; because, when and how the theater works.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    In particular, the following skills are pursued: in a historical perspective, appreciating the differences (irreducibility?) of theatrical phenomena among them; in a cultural perspective, considering the traits of transmediality, multidisciplinarity and interculturality of theatrical forms; in a critical perspective, understanding the creative and social diversity of current theater, between actor, director and community theater.

    PREREQUISITES

    Elementary knowledge of theatre history.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Streaming lectures, with the aid of audiovisual material and practical exercises.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Brief "anti-history" of the theater for problems: legends of the origins (Icario, Tespi and Solone; but also Ishtar, Bharata, Amaterasu); théatron, first crime scene (from Oedipus king to CSI); from mìmesis to kathàrsis (pity and fear according to Aristotle and the Mirror Neurons); succession or simultaneity (from the Sacred Representation to Ronconi); the return of the masks, poor devils (Arlecchino and the coup de théâtre: "in questo", the theater); the theater malgré lui (from San Genesio fingido verdadero, to the holy actor by J. Grotowski); the theatrum mundi by E. Barba (theaters of the West and the East: birth of the "theatrical anthropology"); between Living Theater and reality show (body and politics); on the ruins of “teatro all’italiana” by P. Brook's (from the "deadly" theater again to a "sacred" one).

    Monographic course 2022-23: "What's to laugh about? Fools and fools "

     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Mandatory texts

    Victor Turner, Dal rito al teatro, Bologna, il Mulino, 1986

    Eugenio Barba, Nicola Savarese, I cinque continenti del teatro. Fatti e leggende della cultura materiale dell’attore, Bari, edizionidipagina, 2017

    Recommended texts for the monographic course

    Roberta Mullini, Il fool in Shakespeare, Roma, Bulzoni, 1997

    Michel Foucault, Storia della follia nell'età classica, Milano, Rizzoli, 1963

    Further recommended texts

    Antonin Artaud, Il teatro e il suo doppio

    Jerzy Grotowski, Per un teatro povero, Roma, Bulzoni, 1970

    Franco Perrelli, I maestri della ricerca teatrale. Il Living, Grotowski, Barba e Brook, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2007

    Richard Schechner, Introduzione ai Performing Studies, a cura di Dario Tomasello, Bologna, Cuepress, 2018

    Gabriele Sofia, Le acrobazie dello spettatore, Roma, Bulzoni, 2013

    Roberto Tessari, Teatro e antropologia. Tra rito e spettacolo, Roma, Carocci, 2004

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ROBERTO CUPPONE (President)

    ANGELA ZINNO

    ESTER FUOCO (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    27.09.2022

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The evaluation will be in equal parts (3/3) a) on learning the informative contents of the prescribed texts, b) on the ability to critically process their contents, and c) on the personal in-depth study.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    14/12/2022 12:00 GENOVA Orale
    18/01/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
    08/02/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
    10/05/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
    24/05/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/06/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
    21/06/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
    13/09/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    It is recommended to contact the teacher for bibliographic indications or materials related to the lessons; to solve any problems in the availability of texts; to agree on motivated changes to the program.