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Semester and Year Offered: Winter
Course Coordinator and Team: Deepan Sivaraman.
Email of course coordinator: deepan[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Pre-requisites: No prior knowledge assumed.
The term Post dramatic theatre was first imposed by Hans-Thies Lehmann through his historical book The Post Dramatic theatre (1999) in which he tried to theorize the conceptual base of the post avant-gardist theatre; a theatre that rejected the representational and dramatic form of storytelling. The notion of the 'post-dramatic' has been institutionalized and established very rapidly as theatre makers and scholars were searching for a new term to define the non- representational theatre of mid-20th and 21st century in which conflict, characters, story, mimesis, verbal text, separation between performer and audience space are no longer valid. The emergence of this new kind of theatre crosses the boarders of other art disciplines and it was the key foundational reason of the establishment of performance studies as the existing theatre and drama studies were not sufficient enough to read the philosophy of this extended theatre form. Introducing a course that exploring the idea of post dramatic which will examine both theoretical positions and practical manifestations of the theatre of contemporary time is not only important for the students of performance studies but also for any students who are interested in the topic ‘‘drama’’ or ‘‘dramatic’’ that can be from English literature, Creative writing, visual art or film studies.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Week 1 & 2
Seminar: Introduction to post dramatic theatre
Week 3 & 4
Workshop: Post dramatic ‘‘text’’.
Week 5 & 6
Seminar: Neo Avant- garde and pre history of post dramatic theatre
Week 7 & 8
Workshop: Theatre of Scenography and visual dramaturgy.
Week 9 & 10
Seminar: When is a play not a drama?
Week 11 & 12
Workshop: Theatre of the senses
Last three weeks
Student led seminars & performances
Assessment Details with weights:
Students will be assessed for their overall understanding of the course and their contribution towards performances, group discussions and knowledge sharing. Attending weekly lectures and presentations are vital and any absence may affect the grades.
*All students must participate in all course assessments to obtain a passing course grade.