Course code MākZ2012
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours
4 6 64 46 18
E-courses MākZ2012: The Historical Models of the Theatre and Their Transformations
Course annotation The course examines foreign theatre history (Western Europe and Russia) form ancient Greece to the beginning of the 20th century, focusing on the main theatrical forms, esthetics and philosophy in each of the specific ages. The course deals with the main tendencies in drama, organization of a performance (theatre buildings, space, actors, managers and directors, organizers of a performance, set, costumes, audience), theatre theory, as well as the specific place of the theatre in society politically and culturally in every age in particular. The rebirth of different trends in theatre of latter ages (including the 20th century) is analyzed focusing both on reasons behind it, as well as on methodology of a transformation.
The history of the theatre is analyzed as continuous development, providing students with anthropological perspective on theatre history, enabling to perceive contemporary theatre analytically. Lectures are combined with seminars, providing students with artistically challenging, as well as intellectual assignments developing creativity (imagination, acting, creating), thus providing students with a more accurate insight in the creative process.
The course is supplemented with video and visual materials.
Results Students:
1) establishes knowledge on specific aspects of the theatre in comparison to other arts, as well as history of foreign theatre;
2) learn to recognize and analyze transformations of theatre forms through out the history, focusing on emerging aspects of the old forms;
3) develop skills necessary in analyzing contemporary theatre performance, as well as encourages creativity. The skills this course develops are essential in writing diploma paper in theatre and cinema, as well as literate (Latvian, Russian, Foreign), history, theory of culture.

Course plan 1.The Theatre of Antiquity: Greek and Roman theatre. F.Nietze on Apollonian and Dionysian modes of culture. The heritage of Greek and Roman theatre. L8 S2
2.The dominant forms of the medieval theatre – liturgical and semiliturgical drama, histrions, mystery, miracle, morality play, farce, sottie. The culture of the fool and the culture of a carnival. The theory by M.Bakhtin on popular culture in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. L6 S2
3.The theatre and drama of the Renaissance. The Elizabethan era in the Great Britain. W.Shakespeare: personality and work, interpretation of both in the theatre and cinema of 20th and 21st century, scientific perspective. Spanish Renaissance: the theatre and drama of the Golden Age. The Commedia dell’arte in Italy. The transformations of the heritage of the European Renaissance theatre. L10 S4
4. The theatre and drama of Baroque, Mannerism, Classicism in the Great Britain, Spain and France. D.Diderot Paradoxe sur le comedien. The heritage of Barorue, Mannerism, Classicism theatre.
The drama and theatre of Romanticism in the Great Britain, Germany and France. The influences of the esthetics of Romanticism on Symbolism. L8 S2
5.Realism and Naturalism in theatre and drama. The emerging of a director as a profession, Theatre – Libre movement. The Moscow Art Theatre as the quintessential Theatre – Libre. L6 S2
6.Modernism and theatre. Avant-garde theatre. The transformations of historic theatrical traditions and cultures in Modernism. L8 S6
Requirements for obtaining credit points 1)Attendance of at least 2/3 of the lectures
2)Participation and active work in all 8 seminars – 40%
3)During the term student must write summary on following texts – 1) Radzobe S. Režisors priekšrežijas laikmetā; 2) Ulberte L. Vācijas režija; 3) Ulberte L. Bertolts Brehts; 4) Rutkēviča A. Francijas režija – 20%
4)An analysis of a performance of student’s choice in writing – 15%
5)Examination – test on the subject of lectures, seminars, summaries – 25%
Study programmes Baltic Philology