At its core, dramaturgy is the study of dramatic composition and of the representation of the main elements of drama on stage. A dramaturge (or dramaturg) then, often functions as a (literary, musicological, etc) adviser or editor in a theatre, opera or dance company who researches, selects, adapts, edits, and interprets scripts, libretti, texts, scores and printed programmes (or helps others with these tasks). Besides working with (printed) source materials, a dramaturge also analyzes performances and thus acts, during a production process, as a consultant to or an intermediary between a director or choreographer, the audience, history, academic research, conventions, popular culture and current events. Departing from the axioms that every utterance, every note, every movement and every sound is produced for a reason, that all of these signs serve a proper function, and that they are all deeply embedded in a framework of connotations, the dramaturge strives to uncover hidden structures and meanings.
To let dramaturgical tools and insights nourish your understanding and your musical practice, we will delve – through lectures and seminars, with close readings and case studies – into the history and analysis of genres and styles, of key operas and of noteworthy productions.