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BART 12A05 - Stage Evolutions in Theater along the 19th

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Mainly in English, but some texts will be studied in both French and English. A good command of French is required (B1 level).

Course Description

In this course, we will study the particular history of theatre during the 19th century in France. From the Napoleonian Empire to the 3rd Republic, the stage expression was the most popular leisure. It also contained and disseminated moral and political ideas. The evolution of aesthetic forms (such as stage design or acting mode) followed the large arstistic movements of the century. This course aims at introducing the students to the different structures of drama related to an aesthetical context : "mélodrame", "drame historique", "drame romantique", "Ecole du bon sens", vaudeville, naturalism, symbolism. We will study several plays, not necessarily the best known, but significant of the epoch. In a practical step, different styles of acting will be shown to the students on video extracts. Mainstream or experimental movies, filmed shows or performances, these video extracts will help to discuss the most appropriate acting mode for the studied plays. If some of the students want to try to perform scenes, I will help them. We will also go to see some shows together, in order to evaluate them during the class.


RESILLOT, Benoit (Actor)

Pedagogical format

At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) build a knowledge and a precise lexicon and be able to integrate them in future works. 2°) read a scenic proposition or the acting mode of a movie knowing the kind of aesthetic it is related to. 3°) be more selective in his (her) cultural consumption.

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments (at least three grades): 1°) Writing of a critical note about a play seen in February. 2°) Short oral presentation in pairs of the historical and social context of one of the studied texts. 3°) Writing of a final report about the course.

Required reading

Les ruines de Babylone ou Giafar et Zaïda (Pixerécourt 1810)

Additional required reading

  • Fantasio (Musset 1834)
  • Lucrèce Borgia (Hugo 1834)
  • Le gendre de Monsieur Poirier (Augier 1854)
  • L'Affaire de la rue de Lourcine (Labiche 1857)