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170540 UE Theatre as an Intercultural Experience: The Land of Smiles (2019W)

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max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 10.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 4 2H558 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 17.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 24.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 31.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 07.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 14.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 21.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 28.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 05.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 12.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 09.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 16.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 23.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Thursday 30.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course revolves around the issues of clichés and stereotypes in approaching different cultures, exploring how performing arts can tackle the problem of intercultural (mis)understanding(s). Case-study: the production of "Das Land des Lächelns" (LdL) for Linz European Capital of Culture 2009, which was staged for the first time by a Chinese director, Li Liuyi. This part will be supported by some video documentation. The students will be exposed to different versions of Das Land des Lächelns and asked to spot the clichés in the operetta but also to reflect upon their own perception of China and of Chinese theatre. We will then have an overview of the history of Chinese Drama (huaju - spoken theatre) from the beginning of 1900 until today, with special focus on Chinese or international co-productions after 1979 in the People's Republic of China and on the ongoing dialogue between East and West. One lesson will be dedicated to the influence and fascination of China in the European theatre and music works of the past 100 years. This course is open to students of Theatre, Film and Media Studies as well as to students of East Asian Studies, with the intent to create in the class the possibility of a confrontation of different approaches to the same issues, starting from different educational and cultural backgrounds, and thus recreating what happens on a regular basis in the professional life of an (inter)cultural worker. Examples will be given on how theatre and film can be used as a tool for intercultural communication, understanding and integration. As final task the students will have the possibility to choose between: 1. Creating a script or a proposal for a theatre/storytelling/video workshop or project they could run in their neighbourhood/city; 2. Creating a video with interviews on the perception of China nowadays; 3. Writing an essay on the perception of China now or in the past, at the time the operetta was composed. The working language for this course is English.

After the successful completion of this course the students will be able to work in an intercultural contest knowing how to tackle issues and problems connected to cultural misunderstandings and possibly acting as better mediators, having also developed an ability to self-reflect on their own approach to intercultural work. They will also have a basic knowledge of the history of Chinese drama and of the reciprocal influences in the artistic dialogue between China and Europe and how to use theatre and filmmaking as tools to create a project in their own community.

The part of the course dedicated to the history of Chinese drama and orientalism and opera is frontal, while in the rest of the course my approach is dialogical. Working in groups will be possible, especially for the final assignments.

Assessment and permitted materials

Short assignments will be given weekly or bi-weekly and students will have to complete at least 80% of them by the deadlines indicated during the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students will receive 30% of the final grade for their active participation in class and for a pro-active approach to the seminar, 30% for the presentation of given assignments, and 40% for the final assignment.
A maximum of six hours (3 classes) of unjustified absence is allowed.

Examination topics


Reading list

Ferrari, Rossella. (2013) Pop Goes the Avant-Guarde. Experimental Theater in Contemporary China.
Mackerras, Colin, Chinese Theater: From Its Origins to the Present Day: 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

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