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Applications deadline for this year's Summer School has been May 4th, 2018. The applications are no longer received for 2018. We will provide you with more information about the 2019 Summer School untill the end of the current year.



The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague is a prestigious art school with a tradition of more than 70 years of education. Its graduates belong to the elite in their professions across all artistic fields. After a one-year pause the tradition of the summer educational programmes will be renewed in July 2016.

The Summer School 2018 provides theatre students and beginning practitioners with diverse, hands-on immersion in the basic principles and practices of dramatic and puppet theatre forms. It is an excellent way for non-Czech speaking students to acquaint themselves with DAMU, especially for those who may be interested in applying to its Erasmus program and/or the M. A. programs in English. University students interested in obtaining credit for the coursework may do so.

The Summer School can be also beneficial to professionals who are looking to diversity their practice. Access to the school’s theatrical and technical facilities (theatre and rehearsal spaces, internet) is included.

WHEN: 11.–22. 6. 2018.

WHERE: The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

The educational programme of the Summer school 2018 will be held entirely in English. If you are not a native English speaker, you may be asked to prove your English proficiency. To participate in most courses, you need to have at least an intermediate or upper-intermediate level of English. If you are unsure about the level needed for your course, please contact us.

Minimum age of admissions: 18 years old by the June 11, 2018. There is no upper age limit.

Accommodation for the students is available in AMU Hotel. Price of the accommodation is not included in the tuition. The hotel is 10 minutes walking from the school, the price is 640 CZK (ca 25 EUR)/per person/per night in double room. The room includes bathroom and freezer. The kitchen is shared for all the guest. There is also laundry service (for a small fee).

For more information or an application, please contact Aneta Ruttenbacherová:
summerschool@damu.cz, +420 775 237 538.

Course
Application
Cost and Payment

Course

The DAMU Summer School offers a unique chance to gain a first hand experience of the basic dramatic approaches taught at DAMU through a series of workshops – especially in the departments of dramatic acting and puppetry.

The Prague Theatre Summer School offers two basic programmes to choose from.

1. The first programme consists of workshops focused on dramatic acting and workshops of alternative and puppetry theatre. Participants will have the chance to work with a classical text, focus on acting, improvisation but also experience working with puppets as well as the materials they are made of.

The Dramatic Acting workshop focuses on actors’ conduct in dramatic situation and its metaphorical overtones. The workshop includes multiple acting propaedeutics exercises. Based on the actor-director development of situations from extracts from various Václav Havel’s absurdist plays, the workshop will cultivate improvisational skills, introduce immediate acting with the inner partner and stimulate ability to work seamlessly with partners on stage. Staging individual scenic situations on basis of active analysis of the text provides a more holistic view of dramatic time-space and leads to creative solution of mise-en-scene as well as discoveries of metaphorical overtones of the play. The specific dramatic nature of Václav Havel’s absurdist plays is considered to be a unique quality, which offers impulses and creates a precondition for the formation of a dramatic persona through dramatic acting. As such, the workshop will provide an opportunity to experience and familiarize the participants directly with the theatrical thinking, poetics, style, structure and language of Václav Havel – the playwright, as well as with general principles of performing arts.

The alternative theatre and puppetry workshop places emphasis on specific interdisciplinary components of the puppetry and object-theatre, including their overlaps with and throwbacks to dramatic arts. The workshop is primarily focused on working with material (paper, plastic / foil, textiles etc.) and puppets from the departmental fundus. The participants will have the opportunity to examine the material and puppets, their characteristics and technological potential. All of this, naturally in close relation to space, light, sound and in tension with live persons. This concept will lead the participants of the workshop to think metaphorically and elaborate a given topics in this manner. We will focus on the interpretation of Faustus, which in the Czech tradition draws from Marlow’s text yet brings in more humour and further develops certain specific situations. The topics however may also stem from the participants themselves; active involvement can often bring a short production to life. The workshop thus opens an opportunity to experience non-verbal expression on stage for both actors and directors, where work with particular materials creates various situations and constellations in space.

This program provides theatre students and beginning practitioners with diverse, hands-on immersion in the basic principles and practices of dramatic and puppet theatre forms. It is an excellent way for non-Czech speaking students to acquaint themselves with DAMU, especially for those who may be interested in applying to its Erasmus program and/or the M. A. programs in English. University students interested in obtaining credit for the coursework may do so.

The Summer School can be also beneficial to professionals who are looking to diversity their practice. Access to the school’s theatrical and technical facilities (theatre and rehearsal spaces, internet) is included.

The outcome of both workshops is a short public presentation.

2. The second programme is called Space for the Puppet - the Scenography of Contemporary Puppetry Theatre. The programme focuses on examining current tendencies in the design and construction of puppets. Students will become familiar with the history of the field and through practical exercises will explore the plethora of materials that can be used to construct puppets. They will find out what principles and specifics apply to working with a puppet object in theatre and how this influences the work of the stage designer. The aim of the practical exercises will be to demonstrate the widest possible range of possibilities and to rid students of the conviction that there is any correct way to make puppets. This programme is aimed at participants with experiences in the field of visual arts or scenography.

The programme of the Summer School also provides other additional workshops focusing on scenography and dialogue with the internal partner as well as daily actors’ movement training. In addition the basic programme includes thematic theoretical lectures, visits to select performances, screenings and performance recordings, optionally thematic excursions and tours (baroque theatre in the Český Krumlov, The Museum of Puppetry in Pilsen).

Application

Applications deadline for this year's Summer School has been May 4th, 2018. The applications are no longer received for 2018. We will provide you with more information about the 2019 Summer School untill the end of the current year.


Cost and Payment

Tuition

If we receive your tuition by March 16th 2018, the tuition for the course is 640 EUR.

If we receive the tuition after March 16th 2018, the tuition for the course is 720 EUR.

Deadline for the payment is May 11th  2018.

The price includes the fees for the core course including optional seminars and lectures.
The accommodation, food and drinks, theatre tickets (approx. 25 EUR) and trips to Český Krumlov (32 EUR) and Plzeň (20 EUR) are not included.

Making the Payment

All payments must be made by bank transfer. Please note that payments must be made in EURO. Your bank will also probably deduct fees for the transfer, so please be sure to cover all fees when you make your payment. This means that when making the payment, please request for sender (you) to cover all bank transfer fees.

Most internationally bank transfers require IBAN and BIC (SWIFT) codes. Please find those below.

If you have problems making the payment, please contact us.

Please keep in mind that bank transfers from outside the Czech Republic may take up to a week to process (please ask your bank). 

Important: Please include your full name with the transfer and the variable code (see below), so we can properly process and identify all payments!

Payments:

Akademie múzických umění v Praze
(Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)
Address: Malostranské nám. 12, 118 00  Praha 1, Czech Republic
Bank name: Komerční banka Praha
Address: Malostranské náměstí 23, 118 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic

Account number: 27-3148060257/0100
IBAN    CZ5201000000273148060257
BIC (SWIFT) KOMBCZPPXXX
Variable code: 26003310007

For those of you who may need the school’s tax I.D. numbers for tax purposes, they are:
IČO: 61384984
DIČ: CZ61384984

Payment receipt: 

We will confirm receipt of tuition by email. You may request proof of payment for your course from DAMU after you have paid the full tuition. The payment receipt will be given to you in Prague once the course begins.

Refunds:

Should you decide to withdraw from the course we are able to offer a partial refund for the paid course fees, excluding the nonrefundable deposit, according to the following time frame:

In the case of cancellation more than 2 months before the beginning of the DAMU Summer School, you will receive 75% of the paid fees.

In the case of cancellation more than 1 month before the beginning of DAMU Summer School you will receive 50% of the paid fees.

In the case of cancellation more than 14 days before the beginning of DAMU Summer School you will receive 25% of the paid fees.

In the case of cancellation less than 14 days before the beginning of DAMU Summer School we are unable to offer any refund of prepaid fees.

DAMU reserves the right to cancel the course in unique circumstances such as low number of participants. In such case full course fees will be automatically refunded to the participants.

Contact

Aneta Ruttenbacherová

+420 775 237 538

summerschool@damu.cz