Urban Performing Arts

VŪdeo promocional de l'espectacle de Comediants a la UAB

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
 (ECTS )
Price: 840 €
Teaching Language: English Place: UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona

Teaching Period: 22 June to 10 July

Contact: summer@uab.cat

Professor: Jaume Bernadet Munnè and Rita Kuan (Jin  Hua)

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PROFESSOR BIO INFORMATION


Jaume Bernadet Munnè has been leading, directing and often presenting as Master of Ceremonies various artistic activities of Comediants all over the world: theatre, audiovisual works, movies, TV, macro shows and special events like the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games of Barcelona ' 92. He has realized different pedagogic projects to transmit the unique artistic language invented by Comediants, with conferences, international workshops, artistic residences and performances such as the International Street Theater Course for FAI AR (Formation Avancée Itinerant des Arts de la Rue Marseille, France).
 

Since 1979, Rita Kuan (Jin Hua) is a member of the theatre group “Comediants“, participating creatively to all their artistic productions: theatre, movies, TV, macro shows and special events like the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games of Barcelona ' 92, different pedagogic activities to transmit the unique artistic language invented by Comediants with international workshops, artistic residences, performances like “Architecture and ephemeral spaces”, for ELISAVA and UPC of Barcelona.

ACADEMIC GUIDE

Contents overview


The main objective is to teach the participants tools to understand the different aspects of artistic creation and scenic art in public spaces. Urban Performing Arts is a mostly practical course for which attendance is required each day, in order to realize a final live and direct street performance. The course has three branches:

1. Propaedeutics: 
a) Comediants inventors of a new language: daily sessions of 1 1/2 hours. 
b) Analysis of the scenic arts used from Comediants in their urban and outdoor shows.

2. Process of creation of an urban Performance: The ages of life. Daily sessions of 2 ½ hours of collective physical work with a final performance to present in an urban space. 

3. Research: Travel and immersion in a traditional Catalan Village Feast.


Week programme
 

Week Contents Teaching / Learning activities
1
a) Propaedeutics
Comediants inventors of a new language: From the popular root theatre to the Opera. The street, a public space and the mythical time of the feast. A cyclic meeting place where time stops to celebrate life.
 

a) Propaedeutics
Exposition of projects watching audiovisual material, story boards and written projects. A final class discussion. 

 

b) Process of creation of an urban Performance 
Creation of urban dramaturgy The ages of life.

 

b) Process of creation of an urban Performance
Laboratory of artistic research from the experiences and memory of oral transmission of each student, such as lullabies, learning tunes, pitchmen’s sing-song, funeral rituals, wedding songs, mixed with poems, and choreographies in a contemporary style. o Actoral training: actions, scenes, movement, voice and song.

 

c) Research
Visit to the Village Feast of Canet de Mar. Saturday 27 June o The Street Arts of the 21st Century shows and urban performances find their roots in the Mediterranean Feast.
 

c) Research
Immersion in the structure of a popular feast.  
 
2
 

a) Propaedeutics
Innovation of the festive scene. Rituals for the new Carnival of Venice. The correfoc and the new characters of the Feast of Mercè of Barcelona. The seed of the Tarrega Theatre Festival. The collective participation in the Closing Ceremony of the '92 Olympic Games of Barcelona.
 

a) Propaedeutics
Exposition of projects watching audiovisual material, story boards and written projects. A final class discussion. 


 

b) Process of creation of  an urban Performance
Creation of the urban dramaturgy The ages of life
 

b) Process of creation of  an urban Performance
Laboratory of artistic research from the experiences and memory of oral transmission of each student, such as lullabies, learning tunes, pitchmen’s sing-song, funeral rituals, wedding songs, mixed with poems, and choreographies in a contemporary style. o Actoral training: actions, scenes, movement, voice and song. 
 

c) Master Clas 
By Oriol Martì Sambola, Culture director of Tàrrega. The dimensión of creation in the public space.
 

c) Research
Immersion in the structure of a popular feast. 
3
a) Propaedeutics
Scenery, scenography and big artifacts for stadiums, Expos, commemorative parades, cultural capitals, using emblematic buildings such as La Pedrera de Barcelona, The Opera House of Sydney, etc.

 

a) Propaedeutics
Audiovisual tools in the outdoor events. The verticality, the allegoric chariots, the city as a scenic decoration, the inflatable elements, the pyrotechnics and other special effects. The design and production of big events in the public space.  

b) Process of creation of an urban Performance
Set up of the Performance. Plasticity. Visuality. 
 

b) Process of creation of an urban Performance
Actoral Training. Costumes, neutral mask, plasticity and visual elements. o Rehearsal in the square. o Play of the Urban Performance: The ages of Life. Thursday 11 Jul 12.00h. Agora Campus Bellaterra. 

c) Research
Analysis, discussion and evaluation of the Urban Performance: The ages of life and of all the creation and representation process. Space, time, the scenic arts used.
 


Evaluation

a) Propaedeutics:
 Participation and discussion (20%).

b) Process of creation of the Urban performance: Attendance and participation is required each day of the course (70%).

c) Research: The students must present a written synthesis of their experience in the Village  feast  of Canet de Mar. Analysis of the structure of festive drama, of plasticity elements, musical, scenography, rituals, elements of social cohesion, sharing and collective participation. Deadline: Friday 5th of July (10%).

Requirements

Participants must bring comfortable clothes and shoes for physical exercises. White clothes and black shoes for the performance (shirt/skirts/trousers/leggings...).

Links and references

Basic and advanced bibliography including books, articles and internet links.
  • Amades, Joan. (1982). Costumari català, el curs de l'any. Barcelona: Salvat Editores/Edicions 62.
  • Bressanello, Alessandro. (2010). Carnival in the Modern Age. 30 Years of Carnival in Venice 1980-2000. (Studio LT2., pàg 19 a  33 i 260 a 262).
  • Comediants. (1987). Comediantes, 15 años, Madrid: El Público, Centro de Documentación Teatral, Institut del Teatre de Barcelona.
  • Fàbregas, Xavier. (1979). Tradicions, mites i creences dels catalans: La pervivència de la Catalunya ancestral. Barcelona: Edicions 62.
  • Feierabend, Peter. (2013). Bauhaus. Ed. Jeannine Fiedler.
  • Garcia, Cristina. (1993). España fiestas y ritos. Madrid: Lunwerg Editores.
  • Guillén, Juan José. (1998). Artefactes parateatrals. Institut del Teatre: Diputació de Barcelona. 
  • Holme, Bryan. (1988). Princely Feasts and Festivals. Thames and Hudson.
  • Madeinusa, Miralda. Catàleg de l’exposició al MACBA (Oct.2016-Abril 2017).
  • Maicas, Moisès. "La màgia del foc i el teatre al carrer", Les mil cares del foc, pp. 220-237. Generalitat de Catanunya. Departament de Presidència. ("The magic of fire and Street theatre", pp. 386-390).
  • Monleón, José y Di Giammarco, Rodolfo y Scaparro Maurizio. (2007). Il mondo della luna. pp. 31-41. Edizioni Spartaco.
  • Pallarés, Aida; Pérez, Manuel. (2017). El Carrer és nostre, Raig Verd Editorial. 
  • Rumbo, Albert. (2001). Patum! Barcelona: Amalgama Edicions.
  • Villanova, Manuel Vicent. La Escena callejera 1960-1984. Ed. Xarxa Teatre S.L. Colecció fiestacultura.
  • http://comediants.com/?lang=es
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti7eAmzqmds
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8eEl6k8CdY