Performance acting

Performance acting is a unique, theatrical study program focused on visual theatre.
Visual Theatre is the form of a drama theatre that has emerged at the intersection of 20th and 21st centuries bringing together the experience of drama theatre and visual art. In the visual theatre the action on the stage is created by combining actors’ acting, scenography, costumes, lights, music, text and media into a single theatrical and ever-changing image that aims to develop the act of the play on the stage. Actor’s means of expression in such a theatre are based on motion – pantomime, acrobatics, dance, singing, playing a musical instrument, etc. This creates a distinctive theatrical visual language – an artistic expression that usually does not require translation – it is universal, crossing the borders of countries, cultural and linguistic barriers.

The word is not abandoned in the visual theatre, but it does not play a central role. The actor’s relationship with the visual theatre and the stage, costume, scenography and the media is also a bit different, as they all on the stage are a kind of “partners” of the actor, and their meaning on stage is a necessary part of the actor’s expression. The visual theatre is dominated by art of acting and personal creative experience.

Such theatre requires actors who are ready for a different theatre production. Physical preparation for the actor is of high importantce.

Skills in pantomime, acrobatics, dance, juggling skills, stage language skills, ability to play a role in various forms of theatrical expression, musical data, acquaintance with visual arts, media and the ability to use them creatively during a stage action are necessary.

The aim of the Performance Studies Program is to develop a professional visual theatre actor capable of:

  • applying creatively the acquired knowledge and the foundations of actress technique and stage action in various genres of performing arts, working individually and collectively;
  • carrying out research on artistic activities in their field, motivating the expediency and value of the stage project;
  • knowing the specifics of the performance of the performance and para-theatrical events and are capable of performing the actuary tasks, realizing the directional idea of the performance or event;
  • communicating with theatres and other art professionals by introducing creative theatrical innovations and being able to take responsibility for their professional creative activities by continuously developing self-learning, critical and creative thinking and entrepreneurial skills.
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