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BDBA 6175A - Iconic Couples and Politics : Acting Shakespeare

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Niveau 4/C1 en anglais obligatoire. Students will be required to read the following plays before the first day of class: "Macbeth', 'Romeo and Juliet', "Antony and Cleopatra".

Course Description

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra : these iconic couples share a tragic destiny, where love and affairs of the state are intricately intertwined. Be it greed for the control of Scotland, a feud between two powerful Veronese families or a struggle pitting the Roman Empire against Egypt, politics renders love fatal! Is it possible nowadays to identify with such characters? How to incarnate them? What can they teach us about power and about the power of emotions? Students will choose their parts from selected scenes of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, and will then be required to commit themselves not only to the acting process, but also to the dramaturgical and staging demands of the scenes. They will discover the magnificent iambic pentameter —Shakespearian verse — and its precise (musical score-like) rhythm as well as its outstanding metaphorical imagination. Each class will begin with warm-up exercises and vocal training and then incorporate dramaturgy and interpretation.


RAVAT-FARENC, Christine (Comédienne)

Course validation

Each student's overall grade will be the average of three separate evaluations: class commitment (attendance, participation, creativity), performance of the scenes on the final day of class and a final paper. This final paper will be due one week after the performance day and will answer the question: “What did you learn about yourself through this Shakespearian experience” (one page, 1500 signs).

Required reading

  • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra
  • Jan Kott, Shakespeare Our Contemporary, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1974
  • Kenneth McLeish and Stephen Unwin, A Pocket Guide to Shakespeare's Plays, Faber and Faber, London, 1998