|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay (3000 words) Apply a critical reading to the collaboration between any two practitioners studied on the module, comparing and contrasting the experiments.||60%|
|Semester Assessment||Group Presentation (15-20 minutes), consisting of a scene analysis from a film, play, production or set/costume design; submission of supporting written evidence and bibliography.||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay (3,000 word Essay different topic) Apply a critical reading to the collaboration between any two practitioners studied on the module, comparing and contrasting the experiments||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Scene Analysis (2,000 words): Close analysis of a scene from a film, play, production or of a set and costume design.||40%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Engage critically with the experiments in cinema and theatre during the 1920s and 1930s;
2. Understand how practitioners tried to use art to shape the political awareness of audiences;
3. Assess how theatre and cinema practitioners engaged in the formulation of new theories or methods of acting;
4. Analyze the degree of interaction and overlap between different art forms in destabilizing world views;
5. Assess techniques of fragmentation and define the reasons for experimentation in the arts at the time;
6. Recognize the issues behind different art forms engaging in revising the existing practices of experience and representation of social and political realities.
The developments in acting styles, set design, costumes and choreography that developed throughout the 1910s and reached their climax in the 1920s on the one hand characterized the European avant-garde, whilst at the same time shaping frameworks and contexts for artistic experiments for the future. We shall explore the artistic experiments of four key figures in European avant-garde: Bertolt Brecht, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Erwin Piscator, and Sergei Eisenstein. They not only collaborated at various moments throughout their career, but also shaped theatre and film art respectively for most of the 20th century.
- To understand the relationship between experiments on stage and screen, as well as visual and performing arts at large, in the 1920s and 1930s.
- To bridge the disciplinary borders between the study of film, theatre, ballet and painting.
- To analyse the shifts from representation to abstraction, from experience to demonstration, that inform theatre and acting practices to the present day.
- To develop an understanding for the role of cinema and painting in creating sets, costumes and backdrops for the theatre; and for the performance practices to shape cinema acting styles.
Week 1: Introduction: European Modernism and the Avantgarde
Week 2: Meyerhold’s biomechanics and theatre theory: The Magnanimous Cuckold
Week 3: Constructivism and Theatre
Week 4: Circus elements in Eisenstein, Meyerhold and Chaplin
Week 5: Eisenstein’s cinematic montage (Potemkin)
Week 6: The political theatre and Piscator
Week 7: The Epic Theatre: Threepenny Opera
Week 8: Brecht and cinema: Kuhle Wampe
Week 9: Women and the Avant-Garde
Week10: Group Presentations
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||Students' written communication skills will be developed (e.g. appropriate language and style, accuracy, precision and ability to be concise). Opportunities will be given, through seminar sessions, for students to develop confidence in using their speaking and listening skills when communicating their ideas.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be able to develop their skills of information location and retrieval. Students will be given opportunities to develop note-taking skills. Students will develop their critical thinking skills. Through small group discussions and seminars students will be given opportunities to develop an awareness of the opinions of others and reconsider initial ideas if necessary.|
|Information Technology||Students will be given the opportunity to develop their authorial and note-taking skills when planning for oral and written assignments. Students will be given opportunities to develop their skills using electronic search and retrieval of sources on the web and on library catalogues. Students will develop their reference skills and their ability to select relevant materials for the task. Blackboard will be the main form of communication and information sharing in this module. Students will have to develop a PowerPoint presentation and prepare clips and screenshots from films.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate current knowledge and skills. Students will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for managing their own learning. Students will be encouraged to build upon the knowledge gained from lectures and apply this to other areas.|
|Problem solving||Students should be able to identify tensions and debates in the field, and will be encouraged to critically reflect on the process by which academics arrive at particular theoretical interpretations of particular films and historiographies.|
|Research skills||Students will be able to develop their skills of information location and retrieval. Students will be able to develop their textual analytic skills, and to learn to analyze texts in a focused and purposeful manner. Students will be encouraged to evaluate, interpret and reflect upon a variety of sources.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Students will learn how to edit and prepare visuals for presentation purposes.|
|Team work||Students will be encouraged to do their seminar presentations in small groups to encourage teamwork and division of work according to skills.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6