From 8th to 9th November 2019, an international symposium dedicated to the theatrical legacy of Bertolt Brecht, one of the most influential personalities of 20th-century theatre and his relationship to the system of Konstantin Stanislavsky, is taking place at the Theater Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. The symposium is organized under the auspices of Robert Plaga, the Czech Minister of Education and it results from an international research collaboration between DAMU, The S Word and The Stanislavski Research Centre of the University of Leeds.
The symposium called Bertolt Brecht: Contradictions as a method mainly explores his influence on the work of directors and acting teachers, and the relationship between Brecht and Stanislavsky; trace the influences on the approach to directing theatre in various countries, to playwriting and consider Brecht's politics and theatre as a highly social art. A comparison with Stanislavsky's approach to theatre training, the development of modern theatre directing, and dramatic, alternative and authorial theatre will also be explored.
The symposium will bring together a number of distinguished guest speakers, who helped to explore and develop the legacy of Bertolt Brecht through their scholarly and practical artistic excellence. The event will host Professor Stephen Parker, author of the most recent and acclaimed Brecht’s Biography, Professor Jean-Louis Besson, author of over 100 publications, translations, articles and papers, Thomas Ostermeier, the distinguished multi-award-winning international theatre director, Professor David Barnett, Brecht scholar and theatre director, David Zoob, British theatre director and theatre teacher of London’s Rose Bruford College and other international and Czech theatre scholars and practitioners.
We now invite proposals for the paper presentations, workshops and panel presentations of a minimum of 3 speakers. For further details or to register your interest in this event see brechtinprague.amu.cz.
„A man with one theory is lost. He needs several of them, four, lots!” (Bertolt Brecht)