Greetings from the Style Course - Baroque and Minimalism, Romanticism and Realism!
"The course was led by the responsible teachers Saana Lavaste and Davide Giovanzana. Professor Mads Thygesen from Oslo, Professor Pauliina Hulkko in Theatre Arts, Lecturer Jukka von Boehm in the History of Performing Arts, and Theatre researcher Niko Suominen delivered excellent and inspiring lectures. Director Sinna Virtanen and Jussi Sorjanen provided a practitioner's perspective, sharing insights into their production 'Versailles,' its Baroque style, and the preparation process.
The course was multilingual. While the common language for most practical aspects was English, demonstrations featured a mix of Finnish, Swedish, English, Hungarian, Czech, and French.
Students worked in four groups, each creating five sketches representing four different stylistic genres: two Baroque demos, as well as one exploring minimalism, one romanticism, and one realism.
The students' multilingualism, their diverse backgrounds, and perspectives, combined with the continuous alternation between theoretical instruction and practical floor work, turned the course into a veritable accelerator. It became a space where one learned as much about historical stylistic genres as about artistic teamwork.
A particular highlight was the collaboration with the musicians from Tampere University of Applied Sciences. They accompanied the theatre students with a string quartet during their experiments and Baroque demos for three days.
Degree Programme in Directing,