05/12/2022 to 07/12/2022


Telders Auditorium (Academiegebouw)

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About the event

Language: English

The symposium Actio! Actio! Actio!, organised by the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts of Leiden University, takes places right after Theaterfestival OverActing. For more information, please click here

This symposium reflects on issues of propriety, emotion and virtuosity on the European stage, both past and present. Through lectures and performance, we address historical texts as thespian provocations; we see words not as mere thoughts, but as catalysts to histrionic display. While proposing areturn ofart and artifice to the actor’s craft, we welcome debate: can we revive a démodé, brightly-feathered, sweet-song’d (and sometimes double-tongued) tradition—a tradition that stretches back to Demosthenes—whose wings have been clipped by the modernist shears of 20th-century naturalism?