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150061 UE Theatre as an Intercultural Experience: Das Land des Lächelns (M6 LK) (2019S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note the following appointments:

- March 11th, 6 PM, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Hof 9, Seminarraum 1: „Die Entdeckung der zeitgenössischen Kunst Chinas und die Sammlung Uli Sigg“.

- March 21st: instead of our class at 8:15 we will meet at MAK, (Stubenring 5) at 11:45 for a guided visit of the exhibition "中国私语 CHINESE WHISPERS - NEUE KUNST AUS DER SIGG COLLECTION". (Entrance at the MAK free of charge).

Thursday 07.03. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 14.03. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 21.03. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 28.03. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 04.04. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 11.04. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 02.05. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 09.05. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 16.05. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 23.05. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 06.06. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 13.06. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Thursday 27.06. 08:15 - 09:45 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course we will explore together stereotypes, clichés and images of China by Westerners starting from Lehár’s operetta “Das Land des Lächelns” and the different staging possibilities of it. Li Liuyi 李六乙 ’s mise en scene for Linz European Capital of Culture at the Landestheater Linz in 2009 will be taken as case-study of an intercultural work attempting to break down clichés through the performing arts.
We will also investigate on how the images of China in Westerners eyes (and vice versa) have changed from a century ago until now and relate this question to our personal experience as well as to the broader issue of how China is/has been perceived (now and in the past).
The course has a multidisciplinary approach and will also give an overview on the history of Chinese drama (话剧) as well as on the reciprocal influence of the Chinese and Western cultures in the theatre and music productions of the past 100 years. It will provide students the opportunity to reflect upon how creativity and the arts in their different media expressions can serve to bridging cultures and fill cultural gaps in different contests.
Introduction of the lecturer:
Iris Manca is a sinologist who has worked as theatre and filmmaker, producer and project manager mainly in international contests. She graduated from Venice University with a thesis on Gao Xingjian’s theatre production between East and West, won a scholarship for the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing where she specialized in theatre directing and then co-founded a multicultural theatre group in Beijing in 1999. Her work experience with three European Capital of Culture (Luxembourg 2007, Linz 2007-2009, Lecce 2013-15) and with different art projects between China and Europe brought her to cover roles from organizer to dramaturg and deputy artistic director. Iris worked also in Italy and Germany in theatre/video/narration workshops aimed to help young people of different cultural backgrounds integrate and connect with their new contest and take stock of their own cultural identities. Her competence as cultural and linguistic mediator and years of living as an intercultural player made her constantly confront herself with themes as cultural identity, stereotypes, clichés and cultural (mis)understanding(s). Her aim in this course is to give the students inputs and tools for their work, as (inter)cultural operators in the local and international scene.

Assessment and permitted materials

This course is aimed at students of the BA degree programme.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The students will receive 30% of the final grade for their active participation in class, 30% for the presentation of given assignments, and 40% for the final written work or presentation.

Examination topics

Students will be requested to actively participate in class and to present a reflection on stereotypes related to China, either as a 15 pages term paper related to the perception of China in a chosen period, or by a multimedia presentation, i.e. filmed/recorded interviews on the subject of the perception of China today supported by a shorter written paper.

Reading list

Eberstein, Bernd. Das Chinesische Theater im 20. Jahrhundert (Chinese theater in the twentieth century). Weisbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1983.
Ferrari, Rossella. (2013) Pop Goes the Avant-Guarde. Experimental Theater in Contemporary China.
Mackerras, Colin, Chinese Theater: From Its Origins to the Present Day[Place of publication not identified] : University of Hawaii Press ; 1983
Mackerras, Colin, Western Images of China, Hong Kong [u.a.], 1989
Chapter Title: Calafati, Sou-Chong, Lang Lang, and Li Wei: Two Hundred Years of “the
Chinese” in Austrian Music, Drama, and Film
Chapter Author(s): Cornelia Szabó-Knotik, in China and the West: Music, Representation, and Reception by Yang Hon-Lun, Michael Saffle, University of Michigan Press. (2017)
Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1qv5n9n.7

More literature will be given in the course of the semester.

Association in the course directory

LK 220

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