THEATRICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

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Code
84350
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
6 credits during the 3nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-ART/05
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Letters and Humanities)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

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).

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

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

Office hours: After each lesson or by appointment.

Exam Board

ROBERTO CUPPONE (President)

ANGELA ZINNO

ESTER FUOCO (Substitute)

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

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

LESSONS START

29.09.2021

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
15/12/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
20/01/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
09/02/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
11/05/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
25/05/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
08/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
22/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
14/09/2022 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.