Students learning Italian at the Società Dante Alighieri - Comitato di Siena can find themselves performing on a public stage in Siena. The Theatre Workshops run successfully by the Italian language school for many years feature live performances and are designed to develop language and a deeper understanding of Italian culture.
The theatre workshops, which help students to improve their “live Italian”, are run by a teacher experienced in stage direction and acting seminars.
The course is open to all students who want to experience performing in a foreign language. All levels, ages and nationalities can take part, as the students are completely involved in the performance, both in terms of speaking ability and through gestures, movements, facial expressions and body language. Even Italian language beginners can participate since the speaking aspect, although important for the overall improvement of language and vocabulary, does not have a priority role.
The first aim of the seminar is to train students to experience “everyday Italian” and have fun playing different roles in typical Italian style.
The course ends with a public performance in a small theatre built in the XVIII Century in the centre of Siena. The actors experience the excitement of playing on a real stage and the audience of fellow students and teachers enjoys the fun and unusual example of language production.
Before their final performance at the theatre, the team of actor-students rehearse in front of their school mates during the farewell parties held at the school at the end of each month. This encourages other students to join the workshop, giving the group continuous new energy and enthusiasm.
Pictured is a performance of a play recently staged at the theatre. The title of the play was “Do fishes have a soul?” This gives an idea of the ironical twist of the themes chosen.