A TWO-WEEKS ITALIAN COURSE THAT BLENDS LANGUAGE AND THEATRE CLASSES
At the end of the course the students will take part in a short theatre play that will be represented in the Municipal Theatre of Narni. Lessons will be held in the town of Narni in Umbria from the 29th June to the 12th July 2014. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday with both morning and afternoon sessions.
Special activities (sightseeing, trekking, sport, tours) will be available upon request.
The Language&Theatre Workshop is organised by an Italian Language Teaching Fellow with the collaboration of a professional Theatre Director. We intend to propose an innovative methodology for teaching Italian as a foreign language by integrating the communicative approach with dynamics and techniques of dramatic arts.
Following the theoretical guidelines introduced by Glottodrama Project approved by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union, the laboratory will be presenting the reading and performance of the theatrical version of one of the Italian masterpieces in both literature and theatre. The adaptation of the script will focus on the use of a rich, new, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions which will become overtime a learning-book to teach and enhance the communication and the comprehension of the Italian language.
The laboratory program is divided in two sessions:
The Literature Learning Session & the Theatre Acting Session. These two sessions of 4 hours each can be modulated differently by morning and afternoon classes.
1) Literature Learning Session
The Literature Learning Session is an Italian literature class, where the participants can meet and discuss - in Italian and in a contemporary and engaging way - the beauty and the meaning of the verses of several Italian authors. In this class, the participants have first the possibility to explore and hear the sound of the Italian verses and, second, to memorise them so that they can feel the sense of the language on their own body. In this moment, the physical approach trough the meaningful gesture of the Italian language is fundamental to feel the perception to declare and pronounce verses, with both body and soul. This session will also face the historical and socio-political themes that form the background to the treated author’s work.
2) The Theatre Acting Session
This session applies theatrical techniques to the learned verses of the previous session. At this stage, participants have the possibility to discover and get a sense of the real meaning and comunicative function of Italian gestures and sounds through theatre exercises, games, trainings and improvisations. The theatre approach combines experimental and classical training methods, mixing different points of view in order to portray as inclusively as possible both the soul and the complexity of the Italian Theatre.
The dialogue and the relationship between the participants and the characters of the chosen theatre piece are fundamental to this session, which, together with the Literature Learning Session, will define the final mise-en-scène of the play.
- Carlo Pirozzi is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Italian Department of the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include early twentieth-century Italian poetry and fiction; theatre studies; diaspora and Cultural Studies, interdisciplinary research; development of research projects with artists; and new teaching methodologies in language acquisition, especially Italian. He is a highly experienced instructor, with 10 years of teaching languages to foreign students, initially as an Italian teacher at the Cultural Centre for Foreigners of the University and at American universities based in Florence. In Edinburgh, in addition to his academic research, he has continued to teach Italian at local high schools through Edinburgh University’s ‘Languages for All’ programme, and at the Italian Cultural Institute, where he has continued to work and teach.
Most recently, he has become the creator, producer and director of the 'Italian Play Project' which aims to offer to students of Italian Departments in Scotland the chance to practice and improve their Italian language skills, to perfect their diction and to get to know major dramatic works of the Italian literature. The project aims to offer to the participants the opportunity to organize a theatrical event in all its aspects: set design, costumes, lights, music and marketing of the event. As an art director, he is developing several projects and exhibitions in collaboration with the Illustration Department at Edinburgh College of Art, with a focus on the “visual re-imagining” of Italian literature, poetry, cinema and theatre.
- Rolando Macrini has worked on many productions, as director and composer, presented both in Italy and abroad. Among others: The Grand Inquisitor from the Karamazov Brothers by Dostoevskij, Hamletmaschine by Heiner Muller, Animal Farm by G. Orwell staged in 2003 at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club of NY, and Galileo (winner project of Giovani Artisti Italiani Award from MIBAC in 2005),
realized with Dzinot Theatre (Macedonia), La MaMa of New York and Viterbo University. He worked as Artistic Director at the University Theatre Center of Viterbo from 1999 to 2009 and he is currently a member of la MaMa Umbria International and La MaMa NY since 1997. In 2009, he dedicated part of his effort to Bulgakov's work, realizing Heart of a Dog and The Fatal Eggs with Ariel Theatre in Romania. As a composer, he wrote many pieces for several theatre plays and also worked with different bands and music projects.