At the beginning of a staging project, the question of the text arises. Like Charles Dullin, you can choose to use « a text, an actor and the boards » or you can prefer getting voices heard as fragments coming out of your imagination. Which path should you follow and why ?
Written by Pauline Bouchet and Jean-Pierre Ryngaert, this MOOC traces the evolutions of the theatrical text and investigates all possible readings. Over six weeks, Stanislas Nordey will reveal to you the issues surrounding dramaturgy.
What you are going to learn
Everyone thinks they know what a play is. Yet its definition is not as clear as we might imagine. Even before staging a play, you have to know how to identify the issues and translate the words of an author to adapt or transform it.
- How to define it and how to read it ?
- What are the different dramaturgical axes and how to apprehend them ?
- What complexities have they created ?
- How do you get access to writing for theater today ?
- Does there have to be a text to make a text ?
- How to transmit your personal reading of a play to the actors ?
Interviews with stage directors
Throughout your training, you will learn from interviews with : Anne-Laure Liégeois, Thomas Jolly, Jean-Louis Martinelli, Ivo Van Hove, Wajdi Mouawad, and Joël Pommerat.
Their experiences echo the issues addressed in each section and will allow you to discover their working methods in order for you to draw inspiration for your own practice.
PART 1 : Dramatic structure and analytic tools
PART 2 : Dramaturgical disorder and crises
PART 3 : The act of reading and the reader’s job
PART 4 : The practice of reading
PART 5 : Finding a text/Accessing today’s theatrical writing
PART 6 : New situations of the text/New situations of the stage director
At the end of this MOOC, your artistic positioning will be strengthened. If you are a director, you will professionalize your practice. As for the others, they will dive into the many challenges of the profession.
The educational team
Stanislas Nordey : reads the MOOC
Stanislas trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’art Dramatique in Paris. Fascinated by contemporary writing, for several years he has collaborated with German author Falk Richter, creating numerous productions that featurethe texts of Jean-Luc Lagarce, Didier Georges Gabily, and Wajdi Mouawad, among others. His name is associated with many institutions : Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, Théâtre Gérard Philipe Theater, École du Théâtre de Bretagne, the 67th edition of the Festival d’Avignon and, more recently, Théâtre National Theater de Strasbourg, of which he is the director.
Pauline Bouchet : wrote the MOOC
Pauline lectures in Theatrical Studies at Université Grenoble Alpes and has taught in France and Quebec. A specialist in contemporary dramaturgies, particularly those of Quebec, she is also a theater reader at Actes Sud-Papiers and a member of the Troisième Bureau reading committee in Grenoble.
Jean-Pierre Ryngaert : wrote the MOOC
Jean-Pierre is a playwright, director, and professor emeritus in Theatrical Studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. A specialist in contemporary dramatic writings, he is also interested in the teaching of acting and the relationship between knowledge and the stage.