Location: Geddes Hall, University of Notre Dame

Marcel Marceau (1963) by Erling Mandelmann
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Saturday, October 12 – Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Lectures and practical theatre workshops (in English and in French with translation) dedicated to the French genius who envisioned Juilliard, initiated improv and resurrected the commedia dell’ arte performance style: Jacques Copeau. A dedicated theatre director and educator with Montessorian principles, Copeau instigated the radical changes in actor training which took root during the early 1900’s and have led to theatre art and community theatre as we know it today in Europe and the U.S. His Thomist vision of the actor’s person and the ‘incarnating’ of character as well as his blending of Japanese Noh with commedia dell’arte techniques led to the birth of physical theatre and modern mime, and a resurgence of amateur theatre. His theatre aesthetic has also given rise to contemporary theatres dedicated to exploiting the power of the art in the formation of the self, the formation of a community and the addressing of social concerns.

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Free and open to the public, registration preferred, required for workshops. Registration deadline October 2, 2013 (Commedia workshop – limited participants, unlimited observers; Art of Expression workshop – limited participants, no observers).

Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies with additional support from the Center for Social Concerns, the Film Television and Theatre Department, the Institute for Educational Initiatives, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.