2023-2024 / THEA0001-1

The aesthetics of live entertainment (modern and contemporary dance)


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 


Dick Tomasovic

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Initially, the course studies the founders texts of the esthetics of the living spectacle (Aristote, Diderot, Nietzsche, Antoine, Artaud...).
In the second time, the course will concentrate on the particular case of the spectacle of dance and his history, from the end of the nineteenth century until our days.
It is in addition requested from the students to see a certain number of spectacles apart from the course.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Well illustrated, this course aims to make discover with the students aesthetic specificities of the living spectacles.

It also aims at bringing to the students a series of fundamental reference marks to understand the particularly creative field of the contemporary dance.
Lastly, the course asserts a methodological aiming.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

General knowledge of theatre's history.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Students will be invited to participate in the course during moments of presentation and analysis of works.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Recommended readings :

  • Laura Cappelle (dir.), Nouvelle histoire de la danse en Occident, Paris, Seuil, 2020.
  • Patrice Pavis, L'Analyse des spectacles, Paris, Armand Colin, 2005 (3e éd. 2020).
  • Annie Suquet, L'Eveil des modernités. Une histoire culturelle de la danse (1870-1945), Paris, Centre National de la Danse, 2012.

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Oral presentation during the course followed by a written homework.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Sans un élément de cruauté à la base de tout spectacle, le théâtre n'est pas possible. 
Antonin Artaud


Dick Tomasovic
Département Médias, Culture et Communication Théories et pratiques du spectacle Esthétique du cinéma et des arts audiovisuels Université de Liège Place du XX Août, 7 4000 Liège Belgique 32 4 366 32 88 ou 32 79 (secrétariat) dick.tomasovic@uliege.be

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