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2022 Spring


Ewa Zurakowska
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Here is the course outline:

1. Correlation of performance, ritual and anthropology of theatre

Feb 8, Art Studio

Introduction of the course content. Presentation of creative works of Ewa Żurakowska. General-purpose of the class. *Students self-presentation *Practice, body and voice work in the group, individual tasks *Comments, discussion

2. Old rituals in traditional cultures. Voice embodied

Feb 15, Art Studio

Description: Familiarizing with traditional vocal and movement practices in selected ethnic groups – video presentation. Body as a source of voice; acquiring the initial skills of practicing voice through movement. Body as a source of the voice. Familiarizing with traditional vocal practices in selected ethnic groups - video presentation. Assignments/deadlines: 1. Group exercises including the warming up, elements of yoga and stretching. Focus on connection of breath, movement and voice 2. Breathing – primary human action as starting point of sound and voice work of performer - practical exercises 3. Body as space for sound – individual exercises

3. Music and ritual: objects, instruments, artifacts, dances

Feb 22, Art Studio

Description: Students will read and watch the examples of use of instruments and objects in ceremonies, on the example of archeological researches and records Assignments/deadlines: 1. Instruments in spiritual communication with nature and immortal realm 2. Aural experience in different eras: the role of sound and music in past rituals Reading: Music & Ritual. Bridging Material & Living Cultures. JIMENEZ, P.R., TILL, R., HOWELL, M. (Eds.). Berlin: Ekho Verlag, 2013

4. Voice and speech in performative speech and ritual

Mar 1, Art Studio

Description: Performative use of voice and speech on the example of experimental vocal artist – video presentation of Phil Minton feral choir and Diamanda Galas performances. Presentation of specific performance by E. Żurakowska in former coal mine in Kladno (video). Voice and speech in liturgy, theatre, ritual and traditional song Assignments/deadlines: 1. Dramatization of language: focus of pronunciation and articulation-exercises 2. Acknowledging different techniques of performative use of voice and speech in individual and group exercises 3. Collective speech, choir of sounds - group exercises Readings: CAVARERO, A. For More than One Voice. Toward a Philosophy of Vocal Expression. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005

5. Role of space in ritual and art. Field work

Mar 8, Invalidovna studios, historical space in Prague

Description: Visiting the space of historical baroque monument in Prague - Invalidovna. Recognizing the qualities: historical, semantic, aesthetic, aural, social. Assignments/deadlines: 1. Observation and recordings of space elements, which are significant for each students 2. Bodily experience in performative spaces 3. Sonic attributes of spaces – experiments 4. Sensual experience of space as an element of performance Readings: BLESSER, B., SALTER, L. R. Spaces Speak, Are You Listening? London: MIT Press, 2009 (fragm)

6. Sound and visual arts. Guest speaker Michal Kindernay

Mar 15, Art Studio

Description: The guest speaker will introduce the students to the topic of sound art versus visual arts, and will present his creative works on this field. Assignments/deadlines: 1. How sound acquires shape, color and other properties 2. Sound experimentation on the field of visual arts 3. How the sound become an object or architecture - sound objects, visual scores Reading: “Sounds Codes. Images.” Jitka Hlaváčková, Miloš Vojtěchovský (eds.), ArtMap, 2021

7. Final project. discussing the ideas of students

Mar 22, Art Studio

Topic: Final project - discussing the ideas of students Description: Presentation of chosen topic by each student. Discussing the acknowledged tools and methods from previous classes. Assignments/deadlines: 1. Decision making process: how do I present my topic? What is the main idea? Which components do I use? 2. Devised work: individual and collective processes 3. Planning the creative work for the next classes Reading: IHDE, D. Listening, and Voice. Phenomenologies of Sound. New York: State University of New York Press, 2007 (fragm.)

8. Performance and ritual on the example of each student project

Apr 5, Art Studio

Description: Students will discuss their projects in terms of the main topic of the course Assignments/deadlines: 1. Presentation of each student script of the final project 2. Working individually and in groups

9. Rhythm in performative action, ritual and daily life. Practice exercise: impulses in the body

Apr 12, Art Studio

Description: Work on final project. Focus on rhythm of each element of performance work and their interdependence. Rhythm of ritual as structuring element of the social life. Rhythm of performance as communication structure with spectator Assignments/deadlines: 1. Elaborating the elements of final project in terms of rhythm, group and individual. 2. Group training based on View points method by Marie Overlie

10. Relation with the spectator. Final presentation, preparation of the material

Apr 19, Art Studio

Description: Work on final project. Actor and spectator in theatre, performance, and ritual. Interactive role of public in performative events. Performative space as act of meeting between performer and spectator. Video presentation of chosen performances with a significant role of public Assignments/deadlines: 1. Interactive strategies in performance -discussion and group exercises 2. Creating the active role of audience in the final project 3. Invitation for a final presentation, poster

11. Performers action; body, figure, trajectory, trace memory. Immersive theatre, examples

Apr 26, Art Studio

Description: Work on final project in terms of details of each performer’s work and searching for cohesion in terms of ensemble work. Final shape: individual etudes or collective work Assignments/deadlines: 1. Inner scenario in a final work (each students develops a map of his action during the final project) 2. Awareness and presence of the performer in the final presentation 3. Fixing the structure of final presentation – individual and group work

12. Performer in specific space; installation, performance, intervention

May 3, Art Studio, or spaces chosen for the final presentation

Description: Students will introduce to each other their ideas for the space of presentation in their final project. Assignments/deadlines: 1. Decision making process: awareness of chosen artistic tools in each project (or group work) 2. Developing the structure and content of final work in terms of chosen space

13. Final Project - general rehearsal

May 10, Art Studio, or spaces chosen for the final presentation

Description: Preparing the final work in technical details, the timing of each action according to the script Assignments/deadlines: 1. Refreshing the purposefulness of the training 2. Reminding and exercising the skills acknowledged on the course in the context of the final work script

14. Final presentation on the AAU Campus

May 17, Art Studio, or spaces chosen for the final presentation

Students present their final project in the form of interactive performance

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