95883 - Theories of Drama Composition (1) (Lm)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Music and Theatre Studies (cod. 8837)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Music and Theatre Studies (cod. 8837)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student acquires historical and theoretical knowledge about the compositional dynamics of the text and the dramatic performance; he learns how to analyze and compare the different forms of writing for the stage; he knows how to place the texts and their adaptations in their respective operative contexts; he knows how to recognize the interactions between the textual level, the spectacular level and the social context both in the historical and contemporary dimension; through the analysis of the texts, he develops the ability to recognize and historically frame the dynamics and typologies of the scenic production.

Course contents


Title of the course

Society, writing, performance in compositional dynamics from the early twentieth century to Pier Paolo Pasolini.


The course Teorie e tecniche della composizione drammatica starts on monday 18 septembre 2024. The total amount of hours is 30.

The course will provide in-depth knowledge and practical applications on different compositional dynamics from the advent of directing to today.

In particular, the course will examine the synergies between author and ensemble, Stanislavskij’s directing books, Brecht’s "stage writing", the new epic dramaturgy, the avant-garde compositional processes and the theatrical experience of Pier Paolo Pasolini, with particular reference to intergenerational relations and social conflicts within its tragedies. Dramatic texts, "stage writing" documents and visual documentation will be analyzed for each topic. The course provides a reinterpretation of the main trends of the sixties and seventies through the polemic, theoretical and dramatic writings of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Start of lessons of the Course: Monday, September 18, 2024.

End of lessons of the Course: Wednesday, October 18, 2024.

Lesson schedule. First Module

Monday, 11-13 (AULA CRUCIANI, via Barberia, 4)

Thuesday, 11-13 (SALONE MARESCOTTI, Via Barberia 4)

Wednesday, 11-13 (SALONE MARESCOTTI, via Barberia, 4)



1 - Dispensa di teoria della composizione drammatica, edited by Prof. Gerardo Guccini (this text is included among the corse's networked materials)

2- Stefano Casi, Angela Felice, Gerardo Guccini (edited by), Pasolini e il teatro, Venice, Marsilio, 2012 (pp. 3-240 only)

3-Stefano Casi, I teatri di Pasolini, (Milano, Ubulibri, 2005, or CUE Press also available in ebook format), only pp. 18-181.

4- the following three dramatic texts by Pier Paolo Pasolini: Pilade, Calderon, Orgia.

Non-attending must studies also the tragedies Bestia da stile, Porcile, Affabulazione.

Teaching methods

Lessons are held in the presence, with streaming through the TEAMS platform.
The Course is organized in frontal lessons, with analysis and deepening about dramatics texts, concepts treated and audio-visual documents.

Assessment methods

Oral examen. The achievement of an organic vision of the issues addressed, the possession of an expressive mastery and a specific language, the originality of the reflection as well as the familiarity with the instruments of analysis of the dramaturgy will be evaluated with marks of excellence. The mostly mechanical or mnemonic knowledge of the subject, a capacity for uncoordinated synthesis and analysis or a correct but not always appropriate language, as well as a scholastic domain of dramaturgy will lead to discrete evaluations. Formal gaps or inappropriate language, as well as a lack of knowledge of the instruments of drama will lead to votes that will stand on the threshold of sufficiency. Formal gaps, inappropriate language, lack of orientation within the bibliography and inability to analyze dramaturgy can only be negatively assessed.

Teaching tools

Frontal lessons supported by formative meetings and seminars.

Office hours

See the website of Gerardo Guccini