Urban Performing Arts - Online

UAB Barcelona Summer School

Urban Performing Arts - Rita Kuan (Jin Hua) I Jaume Bernadet Munnť

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Price: 840 €
Price for UAB students: 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Teaching Period: 22 June to 10 July
Schedule (First period):

  • 9-10h Lecture class with professor
  • 10-11h Interactive seminar
  • 11-12h Organised tutoring sessions

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

Enrolment guidelines

Contact: summer@uab.cat

 

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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 course where interactivity  is very important for which attendance on line is required each day, in order to  present a final artistic outdoor project. Due to  the current situation generated by the pandemic, we propose: Rethinking the public space’s utilization. Happenings, outdoor meetings, parties, concerts and exhibitions, art: can we continue to share urban art? Will creative freedom be restricted? Which pre-existent scenic creations will persist? Which new art forms are now emerging to share in the public space?

The course has three branches:

1. Propaedeutic:

  • Comediants inventors of a new language: Analysis of the scenic arts used from Comediants in their urban and outdoor shows, and of urban artistic forms  developed from others artists and contemporary companies. Daily sessions of 1 hour

2. Process of creation of an urban PerformancePandemic and the Ages of life

Daily sessions of 1 hour of collective debate and develop of a working process, from the idea to a final project  in a urban space.

We will analyse  the  value of the artistic utilization of  the public space, as àgora, as a space of contact, coexistence, integration; the structure of some collective acts on open-air,  protest,  meetings,  mass manifestation that recently are appearing all over the world  and its relationship with the festive drama, the use of  plasticity elements, music, scenography, song,  rituals,  as elements of social cohesion, sharing and collective participation.

We will investigate how the creativity of the people ingenuously finds new forms  and new spaces of  artistic expression, in spite of the restriction of the public space a cause of pandemic. And how this special time let us to discover again the importance of the emotions and daily things of the life, as children playing in the park or eating, drinking, listening music with friends, or crying for the loss of a dear person, or being moved  listening a mother singing a lullaby.

Each week each student must realize a short vídeo (2’) of a free interpretation of each phase of life, set in a public space, (balcony, terrace, courtyard, street, square, park, market, etc). Can be an action, a drawing, animation, dance, sculpture, writing, storyboard. These three individual productions will be assemble together in a final collective urban performance on line.

3. Research: Analysis of a traditional Catalan Village Feast.

 

Week programme

Week Contents Teaching / Learning activities
1
a) Propaedeutic
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) Propaedeutic
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 Pandemic and the ages of life.

Gestion and birth / Childhood / Games, school and learning
 


b) Process of creation of an urban Performance
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.

Each student must realize a short video (2’), a free interpretation of  these ages of life: Gestation and birth / Childhood / Games, school and learning Presentation Dead line: 26th June


 


c) Research

The Village Feast: The Patum of Berga

Roots of the Mediterranean Fest


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

a) Propaedeutic
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) Propaedeutic
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 Pandemy and the ages of life

Adolescence / Failing in love / Marriage, couple or single


b) Process of creation of  an urban Performance
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.

Each student must realize a short video (2’), a free interpretation of  these ages of life: Adolescence/ Falling in love/  Marriage, couple or single

Presentation Dead line: 2ndJuly

3

a) Propaedeutic
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) Propaedeutic
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

Pandemic and The ages of life.

Work and trades/ Old age/ Death/ Memory

Final set up of the individual works

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. 

Each student must realize a short video (2’), a free interpretation of  these ages of life: Work and trades/ Old age / Death / Memory

Presentation Deadline: 8th July

Assemble of all the Works: 9th July

Final Comment: 10th july


c) Research
Analysis, discussion and evaluation of thewhole Project. Space, time, scenic arts used.

 

Evaluation

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

b) Process of creation of the Urban performance: Attendance on line and participation is required each day of the course. Ideation and presentation of  the individual works: 3 shorts video (2’) of a free interpretation of  the Ages of life, set up in open-air (70%).

c) Research: The students must present a written synthesis of the Village  feast, the  Patum of Berga. Analysis of the structure of festive drama, of plasticity elements, musical, scenography, rituals, elements of social cohesion, sharing and collective participation. Deadline: 7th of July (10%)

 

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
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMcH7TxdW84
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPu0On3YGlo