81587 - Theatre in Asia (1) (LM)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Through this course, the student will: - acquire knowledge about the origins and development of the main Asians theaters; - know how to contextualize Asian theaters within an appropriate historical and anthropological framework; - develop skills in research and interpretation of relevant documentary evidences (oral and written). He or she will also: - be able to recognize and interpret the aesthetic and theatrical principles underlying the different languages of the Asian theater; - know how to decode, on a cultural and theatrical plan, the main Asian models of theater; - be able to interpret the intercultural dynamics between Eastern and Western theatrical traditions.

Course contents

First module:
The course will investigate, by means of a preliminary anthropological contextualization, the codification of theatrical knowledge in Asia. In particular, the mechanisms of knowledge transmission from master to pupil over the centuries will be examined, and the consequent relationship between tradition and modernity.

Second module:
The second module will focus on the relationship, in performative practises, between organic and inorganic and between masculine and feminine: the asian actor/actress, indeed, has and is an artificial body – an artfully built body – being he/she able to cross boundaries, gender boundaries especially. The module will examine in depth examples referred to the Japanese, Chinese and Indian traditions with a glimpse of puppet theatre and of performances with robot/androids on stage.

 

Optional seminars
All the students are encouraged to attend one or both the seminars:

1) The body’s identity: gender issue and agency in Indian classical dance

Dr. Shilpa Bertuletti
2019 March, 4th and 5th
ore 9-11
Aula Ferrero

Starting from an historical overview that shows dance as place for the implementation of gender differences, during the seminar I will connect the odissi performance, one of the eight Indian classical dance, to the set of norms and values that challenge the philosophies and practices of modernity in the present. I will discuss how dancers act in the construction of a precise identity, as result of daily practice in a particular aesthetic and emotional context.

 

2) Robotics and Theatre: the Android-Human Theater by Hirata Oriza.

Dr. Cinzia Toscano
2019 March, 6th and 7th
9-11 am
Aula Ferrero

The seminar aims to investigate the work of Japanese director Hirata Oriza with androids and humanoids. In particular through the analysis of the performances produced in the frame of the Android-Human Theatre project we will focus on Japanese robotics, one of the most interesting and relevant topics not only in contemporary Japan.



Readings/Bibliography

Program Examination: 6 CFU for attending students

-Giovanni Azzaroni e Matteo Casari, Asia il teatro che danza, Le Lettere, Firenze, 2011.

-Casari Matteo, Teatro nō. La via dei maestri e la trasmissione dei saperi, CLUEB, Bologna, 2008.

-Matteo Casari e Giuditta de Concini, a cura di, Danzare il Nāṭya. Permanenze e trasformazioni del teatro-danza indiano, in Arti della Performance: orizzonti e culture, n. 5, 2015, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti e ALMADL, Bologna (free download)

-Matteo Casari, a cura di, Teatro nō, orizzonti possibili, numero monografico di “Prove di drammaturgia”, n. 1, febbraio 2012 pp. 3-39.

Program examination: 6 CFU for working groups during lessons
Attending students may choose to participate in working groups carrying out activities in-depth on some topics of the course. For these students the program examination is:

-3 chapters of your choice of : Giovanni Azzaroni e Matteo Casari, Asia il teatro che danza, Le Lettere, Firenze.

-Casari Matteo, Teatro nō. La via dei maestri e la trasmissione dei saperi, CLUEB, Bologna, 2008.

-Matteo Casari e Giuditta de Concini, a cura di, Danzare il Nāṭya. Permanenze e trasformazioni del teatro-danza indiano, in Arti della Performance: orizzonti e culture, n. 5, 2015, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti e ALMADL, Bologna (free download)

-Matteo Casari, a cura di, Teatro nō, orizzonti possibili, numero monografico di “Prove di drammaturgia”, n. 1, febbraio 2012 pp. 3-39.

Program Examination: 12 cfu for attending students

-Giovanni Azzaroni e Matteo Casari, Asia il teatro che danza, Le Lettere, Firenze, 2011.

-Casari Matteo, Teatro nō. La via dei maestri e la trasmissione dei saperi, CLUEB, Bologna, 2008.

-Matteo Casari e Giuditta de Concini, a cura di, Danzare il Nāṭya. Permanenze e trasformazioni del teatro-danza indiano, in Arti della Performance: orizzonti e culture, n. 5, 2015, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti e ALMADL, Bologna (free download)*

-Matteo Casari, a cura di, Teatro nō, orizzonti possibili, numero monografico di “Prove di drammaturgia”, n. 1, febbraio 2012 pp. 3-39.

-Shilpa Bertuletti, La danza odissi. L'identità culturale femminile nell'India contemporanea, CLUEB, Bologna, 2019.

-Cinzia Toscano, IIl teatro dei robot. La meccanica delle emozioni nell’Android-Human Theatre di Hirata Oriza., CLUEB, Bologna, 2019.

*The students of the music curriculum can substitute Danzare il Nāṭya. Permanenze e trasformazioni del teatro-danza indiano with Daniele Sestili, Musica e tradizione in Asia orientale, Squi[libri], Roma, 2010.

Program examination: 12 CFU for working groups during lessons
Attending students may choose to participate in working groups carrying out activities in-depth on some topics of the course. For these students the program examination is:

-3 chapters of your choice of Giovanni Azzaroni e Matteo Casari, Asia il teatro che danza, Le Lettere, Firenze.

-Casari Matteo, Teatro nō. La via dei maestri e la trasmissione dei saperi, CLUEB, Bologna, 2008.

-Matteo Casari e Giuditta de Concini, a cura di, Danzare il Nāṭya. Permanenze e trasformazioni del teatro-danza indiano, in Arti della Performance: orizzonti e culture, n. 5, 2015, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti e ALMADL, Bologna (free download)*

-Matteo Casari, a cura di, Teatro nō, orizzonti possibili, numero monografico di “Prove di drammaturgia”, n. 1, febbraio 2012 pp. 3-39.

-Shilpa Bertuletti, La danza odissi. L'identità culturale femminile nell'India contemporanea, CLUEB, Bologna, 2019.

-Cinzia Toscano, IIl teatro dei robot. La meccanica delle emozioni nell’Android-Human Theatre di Hirata Oriza., CLUEB, Bologna, 2019.

*The students of the music curriculum can substitute Danzare il Nāṭya. Permanenze e trasformazioni del teatro-danza indiano with Daniele Sestili, Musica e tradizione in Asia orientale, Squi[libri], Roma, 2010.

Not attending students will also have to prepare on a text chosen from:

-Azzaroni Giovanni, Teatro in Asia. Malaysia – Indonesia – Filippine – Giappone, vol. I, CLUEB, Bologna, 1998, solo pp. 273-388.

-Azzaroni Giovanni, Teatro in Asia. Tibet – Cina – Mongolia – Corea, vol. III, CLUEB, Bologna, 2003, solo pp. 101-256.

-Azzaroni Giovanni, Teatro in Asia. Nepal, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, vol. IV, CLUEB, Bologna, 2006, solo pp. 149-338.

Brandon James R., Sui troni d’oro. Epica e cultura indonesiana nel teatro delle ombre di Giava, Claudio Gallone editore, Milano, 1998.

-Casari Matteo e Elena Cervellati, a cura di, Butō. Prospettive europee e sguardi dal Giappone. Omaggio o Ōno Kazuo, in Arti della Performance: orizzonti e culture, n. 6, 2015, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti e ALMADL, Bologna (free download)

-Katja Centonze, ed., Avant-gardes in Japan. Anniversary of Futurism and Butō: Performing Arts and Cultural Practices between Contemporariness and Tradition, Cafoscarina, Venezia, 2010, solo pp. 27-171.

-Alessandra Consonni, a cura di, ‘Cham yig, CLUEB, Bologna, 2008.

-Margherita De Giorgi, "To be renewed again". Esperienze di butō in Europa: Yvonne pouget, Imre Thormann e Xavier Le Roy, in Arti della Performance: orizonti e culture, n. 2, 2012, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti e ALMADL, Bologna, solo pp.1-183 (free download).

-Alessandro Guidi, Lo Yueji. Il pensiero musicale nelle Cina antica, CLUEB, Bologna, 2005.

-Matteo Casari, Teatro, vita di Mei Lanfang. Con la traduzione integrale di Addio mia concubina, CLUEB, Bologna, 2003.

-Morotti Fabio, Teatro e danza in Cambogia, Editoria&Spettacolo, Riano, 2010.

-Nandikeshvara, Abhinayadarpaṇa, trad. it. di Pietro Chierichetti, Alfredo Ferrero Editore, Torino, 2010.

-Gioia Ottaviani, I fondamenti del teatro in Asia, Aracne, Roma, 2004.

-Bonaventura Ruperti, a cura di, Mutamenti dei linguaggi nella scena contemporanea in Giappone, Cafoscarina, Venezia, 2014.

-Ruperti Bonaventura, Storia del teatro giapponese. Dalle origini all’Ottocento, Marsilio, Venezia, 2015.

-Ruperti Bonaventura, Storia del teatro giapponese. Dall’Ottocento al Duemila, Marsilio, Venezia, 2016.

-Scholz-Cionca Stanca e Balme Christofer, Nō Theatre Transversal, iudicium, München, 2008.

-Matilde Mastrangelo, Luca Milasi e Stefano Romagnoli, a cura di, Il teatro giapponese. La macchina scenica tra spazi urbani e riforme, Aracne, Roma, 2014.

-Zeami Motokiyo, Il segreto del teatro nō, Adelphi, Milano, 1987 (o successive edizioni).

Teaching methods

The teaching will be a balanced mix of theoretical and practical examples, in anthropological context, in order to allow all students to be able to reach the final target.

Assessment methods

During the lessons the lecturer will involve the students in an active discussion of the lesson topics. The exchanges will be addressed to bringing out any difficulties concerning the subject matter, but not to actually forming part of the final mark.
The final exam will consist of an oral test. The exam will be the chance for the student to prove his/her knowledge of the course books. Students attending the class may refer their answers back to the topics actually analyzed in class.
Students studying the course set books, especially the core text, should pay attention to the fundamental aspects of the topics and, of course, to the ways in which they are connected to one another rather than to learn by rote.

The exame will take account of the propriety and the adequacy of oral linguistic expression:

30 cum laude: excellent performance showing soundness of knowledge, rich discursive articulation, appropriate expression, interest of critical contribution;
30: Excellent performance, complete, and appropriate knowledge, well-articulated and appropriately expressed, with interesting critical contributions;
29-27: Good performance, more than satisfactory knowledge, correct expression.
26-24: Standard performance, essential knowledge, but not comprehensive and / or not always correctly expressed;
23-21: Sufficient performance, general but superficial knowledge; often inappropriate expression and/or confused articulation of speech;
20-18: Poor performance, sufficient expression and articulation of speech with significant gaps;
<18: Insufficient performance, knowledge absent or very incomplete, lack of orientation in the discipline, poor and seriously flawed expression.

Teaching tools

Dance performances videos relating to the topics presented during the course.

Office hours

See the website of Matteo Casari