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DCUL 1260A - Stage images of power

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

Mainly in English, but some texts will be studied in both French and English

Course Description

This course is a workshop to think the representation of power on stage through history from the Renaissance to recent years. As a journey through ages. We will study several plays. Each of them shows a special reflexion about political power : criticism or allegiance, observation of how the power can be thought and organized. Most of the situations and characters depicted in these texts are fictionnal but inspired by historical facts. Their analysis is very useful to conceive how the power has to be settled in our societies. It is also a way to start very interesting discussions, beyond moral debates. In a practical phase, students will try to find by themselves the ways to represent the power on stage. The tools are : space, bodies and voices. The students, because of their education and cultural background, have different approach of the reading of a picture. We will have to find a common language in order to build rapidly a stage version of few extracts of the studied texts. It is not an acting course, however, basic performing technics will be taught.

Teachers

RESILLOT, Benoit (Actor)

Pedagogical format

At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) Have new skills to think the image of power in diverse situation. 2°) Be more used to talk in front of an audience. 3°) Be more selective about what he (she) ingests in terms of inspirational materials.

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments: 1°) Writing of a critical note about a play seen in February. 2°) Short oral presentation in pairs of one of the studied texts. 3°) Writing of a final report about the course.

Required reading

Coriolan - William Shakespeare - 1607

Additional required reading

  • Tartuffe - Molière – 1669
  • Lucrèce Borgia – Victor Hugo – 1833
  • La mort de Danton – Georg Büchner – 1835
  • Ça ira – Joël Pommerat -2016