Where Sacred Meets Profane: medieval drama and the mystery plays

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This course is for teachers interested in learning about the various forms of theatre present in the medieval period in Europe, by bringing some of the stories (both from the religious and ‘secular’ traditions) to life on stage. Medieval theatre was usually itinerant, so we too will be a travelling troupe visiting and performing in places such as Assisi (St.Frances of Assisi’s hometown) and Ravenna (home to some of the world’s most beautiful Byzantine mosaics). By the end of the course participants will have devised their own piece of medieval theatre which they will perform on the final day of the course.

What will you learn?

- Basic knowledge of European medieval theatre

- Forms of folklore theatre and performance art

- Sacred theatre and its main forms

- Greater awareness of your vocal and physical communication

- To learn to devise a theatre piece with others

- The value of theatre as an educational/ communal experience

- To respond to stimuli, quickly, creatively and collaboratively

- To foster empathy and sensitivity through acting

The course is led by Daniel Zappi, professional actor/ director/ musician and theatre educator.

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Bologna, Assisi and Ravenna , Italy

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