Summer Academy for Historical Acting
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Summer Academy for Historical Acting Performing Arts

For those interested in rhetorical gesture and acting according to historical sources, this course trains the performer’s voice, body and emotions. An intensive 10-day workshop with 8 students and 4 faculty offers an immersive introduction to the basics of 18th-century stagecraft.

The daily lessons on gesture, declamation, walking, standing, sitting and even sleeping on stage will be source based, so that students can continue to work on their own after the course has finished. All faculty members are musicians. Early music students are welcome. The focus will be on spoken texts. Musicians can translate their experience in declamation and gesture into a rich and varied performance style.

  • Start date 13-08-18
  • Duration 11 days
  • Level Intermediary - advanced
  • Location Leiden
  • Course fee 300,- excl. housing

Lipsius building, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden
Only on 23 August:
Het Leidse Volkshuis Apothekersdijk 33a, 2312 DD Leiden

Please note: the application period for this course is closed. This Summer School may however be offered again next year, so please keep an eye on the Summer School website.
For more information or any questions, please contact

Lecturers and speakers

Dr. Jed Wentz

Laila Cathleen Neuman

João Luís Paixão

Anne Smith

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