Divadelní fakulta AMU v Praze


Critical Analysis Research (207 CAR, 2 ECTS)

Teacher:  Jennifer Bailey

Course content

This class is open to students from all departments of DAMU, were they come and openly discuss of past, present and future projects, knowledge and experiences acquired, and various art forms that they come across in their daily lives. Young artists should learn how to openly discuss and exchange ideas and concepts, with the hope of someday working with one another.  Students of more theoretical disciplines are invited as well in order to offer their critical insights and analytical feedback.  The structure of the class would encourage active weekly research, with a concentration on presenting and discussing of the given subject. In turn by listening, analysing and criticising form one another.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students have developed their skills in group discussions of (potentially) one’s project or presentation or even a point of view of a perception of a subject, the student will be able to think more deeply and critically. For Czech students it would give them more confidence to talk about their ideas in English and making connections within DAMU so that the students would collaborate.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No pre-requisites

Recommended or required reading

Instead become familiar with the following selected artist:

21st Century Playwrights: Sarah Kane, Caryl Churchill, David Adjmi, Samuel D Hunter, Annie Baker, Katori Hall, Amy Herzog,Jezz Butterworth

 Scenographers: Uwe Rudolf Brückner, George Tyspin, Robert Lepage, Anthony MacDonald, Stefanos Lazaridis, Ultz

Directors: Ian Rickson, Ivo Van Hove, John Dove, Clara Brennan, David Creig, Dennis Kelly

Photographers: Noell Oszvald, Yousuf Karsh, Bill Brandt

Painters: CJ Hendry, Saturno Butto, Arnold Boklin, Michael Hvium, Nikola Samori


Assessment methods and criteria

Oral contribution during the group discussions: 20 %

Presentation in week 5: 40 %

Essay of 1000 words: 30 %

Extra-curricular venture:  10 %


Schedule Autumn Semester 2015

Monday 12,30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Week 1:

In this class the general discussion will be a short introduction on each other. Then we would talk of the Czech theatre through the eyes of foreigners with the help of Czech students commenting and possibly helping the foreigners see their theatre in a more enlightened way.

Week 2:

Presentation from one student on previous week’s subject, feedback from other students. Then discussion on the power and need of audiences, what do they bring to the table, how can they take a lot or even too much from you as a performer, director, playwright, …

Week 3:

Presentation from one student on previous week’s subject, feedback from other students. What/how/where do we (as young artist) see theatre (arts) developing in this particular development of the world? One must consider current events, as we shape the world which is around around us? As artists do we potentially alienate ourselves from it? Or do we try and challenge it? Group discussion

Week 5:

Presentation day for all students, introduction on their work, including outcomes, personal development or achievements, mistakes, … After each presentation there will be a constructive feedback. Then depending how long this takes this will then go into the next week, however students will have had to prepare their first draft on what they are wanting to do their essay on.

Week 6:

All students will say what they will be working on. As a group we can give each other ideas and or certain artists to look at.

Week 7:

Each student will have to dig deep into their memory to find a performance which struck them and then write a review about it, 200 words max. This allows the students the opportunity to extend their knowledge of theatre by encounters with contemporary performance as a live, time-based experience rather than as the experience of reading/text, and to enable them to develop the skills of analysis and journalistic writing about live performance.

Week 8:

Each student will have had to gone to see a performance, exhibition or seen a film. They should write a small constructive review of 200 words MAX. We then compare the past and present review and discuss on what is different.

Week 9:

Each student will discuss about their own projects at DAMU, positive and negative aspects. Hopefully resolving some creator blockages, this will then lead on into the second week, if we we do not have enough time for all students.

Week 10:

Students hand in their essays! Open discussion on new technologies and what it brings or takes away from art. The influence of the early avant-garde on later experimental performance forms such as performance art and multimedia performance

Week 11:

In this week there will be personal individual consultations for each student were I would give a time slot for each and we will talk about their personal projects ( I imagined this as being sensitive to the chaos of the end of term). The essay would be given back and a potential mark, but I would give a chance to students to improve on it and give them another week to make the necessary changes.

Week 12:

This lesson will be the most casual, I suggest maybe an outing to a performance or exhibition. Here I would give the students their results and personal feedback on what they can do to improve.