Theatre and Performance in Twentieth-Century
SCQF level 9
Academic year(s): 2018-2019
SCOTCAT credits : 15
ECTS credits : 7
Level : SCQF level 9
This module examines theories and practices of theatre and performance through study of major Russian dramatists, composers and directors. In particular, the module considers the ways in which tensions between psychological realism and festive theatricality, Stanislavsky's and Meyerhold's rival directorial principles, come to bear on 20th century Russian and Soviet drama. The module draws on a variety of media and cultural texts including drama, (rock)opera and silent film. Texts are analysed in their cultural contexts and assessed as both a reflection of contemporary concerns and politics and an attempt to influence and shape them. Students will explore visual languages of the stage by considering usage of theatrical space, set and costume design as an integral part of performance. Negotiation, interpretation and translation of text onto stage will be addressed through study of iconic productions.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass RU2002 or pass RU2004
Weekly contact: 2 seminars and 1 surgery hour. 2 hours film viewing over the semester.
Scheduled learning hours: 18
Guided independent study hours: 132
As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%