Sociology of the theatre

lthea2120  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Sociology of the theatre
4 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
Relations between drama and governments, territorial entities, communities and market forces. The theatre is studied both as an institution and as a privileged location in the city, a space for exchanges with the public, a locus of collective creativity. From the status of the actor to the place of the text, the conditions of elaboration and intervention are investigated.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The development of an understanding of the political, economic and social environment of the stage arts at local, national and European level.
The aim of this course is to use the tools and concepts of the social sciences in the field of performing arts, in order to understand better their evolution during the last decades in Europe, especially in Belgium and France. A particular attention will be given to the relationships between political authorities and theatrical institutions and companies.
Power, Money, Territories and communities, audience, actors, stage and text are the seven topics of this program.
The theoretical approach will be improved and completed by the study of some particular examples, chosen and related with the student's collaboration.
Evaluation methods
Participation in discussions.
Oral presentation of research in progress.
Compilation of a personal file analysing a theatre establishment, artistic project, cultural event or problem relating to public arts policy, based around a survey and documentation (statutes, press clippings, declarations of intent, budgets, audience statistics, historical background, programmes, etc.).
Les références bibliographiques et documentaires se rapportant au cours ainsi que des liens vers des sites pertinents sont accessibles sur le site de l'enseignant ( aux rubriques Documentation, Publications et Ressources pour le spectacle vivant.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Master [120] in Performing Arts

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology