Drama in German (J.-F. Laplénie)

The job of the workshop blends a work on comprehension/expression and a work on stage expression, around a play in German form the 20th or 21st century. The scenic work is supervised by professional participants. The year's work ends with a couple of public performances as part of the festival for the university's workshops.
The previous years, students presented Anatol by Arthur Schnitzler,  Frühlings Erwachen by Frank Wedekind, Glaube Liebe Hoffnung and Figaro lässt sicht scheiden by Ödön von Horváth, as well as Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe by Bertolt Brecht. The text chosen in 2018 was Hoppla, wir leben, by Ernst Toller, a 1927 play about the becoming of the 1918-1919 revolutionaries.

First semester:  Reading, comprehension and analysis of the play, on-table work. Collective reflexion on the characters and on the dramaturgy, casting, collective reflection on potential cuts, text arrangements, work of the pronunciation and elocution.

Second Semester:  Spatial installation and staging. Scenic and physical work. Reflection on space (scenery, accessories, lights) and on communication around the show (social media, poster). The performance at the end of the year takes place between the 1st and 15th of June, that being, after the first sessions of exams. The students participating in the workshop will have to commit to being present during this period and for the rehearsals leading up to the performance.

Practical information

Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8PM
Centre Malesherbes – Alternativement Grand Amphithéâtre et salle 322
Jean-François Laplénie
Starting date
Wednesday 18th October 2019

Registration as specialisation only

All Sorbonne University students with a B2 level minimum in German(C1 is preferable). Caution, students in German curriculums have priority!
All students from the German and Nordic studies department (with ECTS validation)


Registrations will take place on-site during the fist class.