One of the essential human abilities is the ability to tell stories; one of the essential human needs is the need to listen to them. Throughout the long and adventurous history of humankind we invented numerous forms and ways of doing that. These forms and ways have their own rules and principles which largely depend on a context, i.e. on the spatial and temporal conditions of a story-telling (and story-listening) process.
Reflecting this multifaceted tradition the course will provide its participants with a basic knowledge on the history, theory and practice of various narrative forms and strategies and also on fundamental principles of dramaturgy in different artistic fields, genres and categories. From Ancient Greek drama to postdramatic theatre and contemporary performing arts, from archaic shamanic rituals to high-tech immersive environments and virtual reality, we always deal with particular techniques of building a narrative and devising dramaturgy. By analysing historical and contemporary examples we will learn different forms and methods of storytelling as well as some of their counter forms and strategies in media arts, film and theatre. We will apply this knowledge in our own artistic experiments and course projects.