Course detail

Analyzing the Art of Performance

FaVU-ANUPAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course of Performance Theory: Analysis of Performance Art
is based on the book by Anthony Howell – Harwood Academy Publishers 1999
and book Performance / a critical introduction by Marvin Carlson - Routledge 2006

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students know the structure of areas of the Master's State Examinations. They know individual themes, they are aware of their scope and they know a core and suplementary literature and further resources that can be used for the individual study of the MSE areas.




Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Anthony Howell – Analysis - Harwood Academy Publishers 1999 (EN)
Marvin Carlson - Critical Introduction - Routledge 2006 (EN)
Erika Fischer-Lichte - Transformative power of Performance - Routledge 2008 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations..

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes


Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Decoding the Sign
2. Politics of Performance
3. Gender and Sexual Identity
4. Performing Ethnicity
5. Perfroming Body
6.Time and Space of Performance
7. Audience and Spectatorship
8. Stillness – Repetition – Inconsistency
9. Drive – Transitions – Presence
10. Image – Mimicry - Other
11. Chaos – Desire – Vision
12. Borders of Performance


The aim of the course is to introduce students to the Theory of Performance Art, which is also one of the area of the Master's State Examination (MSE).

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Minimal presence 50 %. Every absence will be compensated by a paper essay.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme Master's

    branch APE , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional

  • Programme Master's

    branch () , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional

  • Programme Master's

    branch APE , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer