Course code MākZ4015
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
2 3 32 26 6
E-courses MākZ4015: Russian Theatre Directing (1898 - 1940)
Course annotation The course focuses on key directors of the 20th century Russia (K.Stanislavsky, V. Meyerhold, A. Tairov, E. Vakhtangv, N. Jevreinov, M. Chekhov) (performances, theoretical writing, teaching) in the context of the European theatre. Analyzing key tendencies in the theatre, the course focuses on the interface between the theatre and the philosophy and esthetics of theatre movements. The course introduces students to drama of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The course also draws attention to the interface between Latvian and Russian theatre and culture in the 20th century.
Results The course establishes knowledge of theatre directing, interfaces between theory and practice, intercultural discourses, enabling students to analyze Russian influences in Latvian theatre, recognizing both roots and transformations of the original tradition.
Course plan 1.Russian drama in the beginning of the 20th century (A.Chekhov, M.Gorky, L.Andreev, A.Blok); Russian drama of the 19th century (M.Lermontov, N.Gogol, A.Ostrovsky) and Russian theatre of 20th century.
L2 S2
2. K. Stanislavsky and V. Nemirovich-Danchenko – the founders of Moscow Art Theatre (MAT). Realistic (Naturalistic) style of MAT. MAT as an interpreter of plays by A.Chekhov, M.Gorky, L.Andreev, M.Bulgakov, simbolists. The most prominent actors of MAT.
K.Stanislavsky – actor, director, instructor, creator of the “system”. Studios of MAT.L6 S2
3.Nonrealistic directing style of V.Meyerhold. Origins and development of style. The most famous performances by V.Meyerhold. Biomechanics. Z.Raikh.L6
4.Russian drama in the 1920s and 1930s: plays by M.Bulgakov, Y.Olesha, N.Erdman, V.Mayakovsky.L2 S2
5.N.Evreinov as a dramatist, theatre theorist and director. The Ancient Theatre. N.Evreinov’s work in cabaret and Soviet mass spectacles. L2
6.A.Tairov and Moscow Kamerny Theatre: “Synthetic Theatre”. A.Koonen. A.Tairov and Latvian theatre.L2
7.E. Vakhtangov’s metaphysical Expressionism. Stylization of commedia dell’arte.
M.Chekhov – actor, director, theatre theorist. MAT-2. M.Chekhov in Latvia.L4
8.Other Russian theatre directors: F. Komissarshevsky, S. Radlov, Y.Zavadsky, N.Akimov. L2
Requirements for obtaining credit points The students are required:
1)to participate and demonstrate active work in 3 seminars – 40%;
2)to make an abstract on the article by S.Radzobe “The theatre directing in Russia (1900-1945)” from the book “The directing in the 20th century in the World and in Latvia” – 10%;
3)the exam consists of:
a) a test in a written form on the content of the course – 30%;
b)and analysis of a play (one of the ten assigned for compulsory reading) – 20%.
Study programmes Baltic Philology