Course code MākZ4013
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 Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 26 6 48
E-courses MākZ4013: Performance: Theory and Practice
Course annotation The course furnishes knowledge about “performance” as a interdisciplinary form of modern theatre and also about the performance in connection with other genres of art from the beginning of the performing arts in the middle of the 20th century up to the present time. The course will treat on the prehistory of performing arts in the art movements like futurism, dada and surrealism as well as analyse the meaning of the concept “performance”. The first part of the course will dwell on the theory of performing arts, the second part will provide information on the practice: from such artists like The Living Theatre, The Wooster Group and The Performance Group in the 1940ies and 1950ies to different, mainly contemporary West European artists.
Results On completion of this course students will have furnished an understanding of the historical development, formation and function of performing arts. Students will have an insight into the art activities of important contemporary performers. Students will be able to independently analyse and evaluate facts of contemporary art and their significance in the culture of today.
Course plan 1.Roots of the action art: actions of futurists, surrealists, dadaists. L2
2.Performance, happening, action art, body art: comprehension of the concept, its borders, the common and the different in these forms of modern art. L6
3.American avant-garde theatre from the 1940ies to 1970ies. L4
4.The British performance group Forced Entertainment.L2
5.The performative part in the creative work of the director Robert Wilson.L2 S2
6.Belgian performance artist Jan Fabre.L2
7.German performance groups Gob Squad, Showcase Beat le Mot, She She Pop. L2
8.German-Swiss performance group Rimini Protokoll. L2 S2
9.Performing body: Marina Abramovic.L2
10.Performance in contemporary Latvian art. L2 S2

Requirements for obtaining credit points Attendance of 75% of the lectures is obligatory, attendance of the seminars is obligatory + one verbal presentation and a written report at the end of the course (70%), written examination (30%).
Study programmes Baltic Philology