Starting dates: every Monday
Duration: min. 2 weeks
Lessons: 6 per day, 30 per week
Levels: from 3rd above
Participants: max. 14 per class
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This course consists of 4 lessons in a Intensive Language Course plus 2 private tutorials on Italian Theatre, each day.
Theater is a fundamental feature of Italian culture and many foreigners, as lovers of theater, are interested in understanding the texts to improve their Italian. As in all thematic courses, this one aims not only at providing knowledge of the language of theater, but also at improving the student's general knowledge of the Italian language on the basis of the didactic principle that the things that interest us are much more easily assimilated.
The program can be carried out in several ways:
A) a short look at the main Italian playwrights, at theatrical trends and movements, with readings, viewing of videos and stylistic analyses of important pieces and theatrical language
B) the presentation and analysis of a specific movement or author
C) the presentation and analysis of a particular work
- The Quattrocento: the age of multiform theaters;
- Court fests;
- Commedia dell’arte;
- Theaters of the Settecento;
- The theater of Opera;
- The great playwrights;
- The futurists and fascist theater;
- The post-war;
- Strehler, Ronconi, Fo and Carmelo Bene;
- New theater and the avant-garde;
- The area of the stage;
- The language of theater.
If a student is particularly interested in a theatrical movement, in a playwright or in a particular work, the course can focus entirely on that topic. In such cases, we recommend that the student inform us before arriving in order to give the instructor sufficient time to prepare a specific program with selected texts
Example of Program B: Pirandello
Biography, his years of learning in Sicily, his first novels, the collection of his short stories, his work with newspapers and magazines, his essays, his first play: Se non così (1915), his plays in Sicilian dialect, his first theatrical success: Tutto per bene (1920), his fame abroad: Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore (1921), etc.
Example of Program C: Pirandello, Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore
Performed for the first time on May 10, 1921, at the Teatro Valle of Rome by the company of Dario Niccodemi, it is a complete fiasco! The following years it is performed in London and New York with great success. In 1923 is it performed in Paris in the version by Benjamin Crémieux, etc.