Luxembourg European Annual Theatre Summer School

2018 Dreams

All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That's what makes theatre live. That's why it persists.

Stephen Sondheim
(composer and librettist)



Course title:         Songs That Go Bump In The night

“I dream of painting, then I paint my dream” - Vincent Van Gogh
This course will focus on singing skills. We will work on breath support, control, release, articulation and resonance. We will combine all this in some part songs consisting of 2,3 or even 4 part harmony arrangements. We will be looking at songs inspired by dreams and songs about dreams. Paul McCartney claimed that he woke one morning with the melody and harmonies of YESTERDAY in his head. Similarly, Billy Joel wrote THE RIVER OF DREAMS following an inspired night’s sleep. Brian May of Queen experienced vivid dreams during recovery from illness and THE PROPHET’S SONG was the creative result. Robert Louis Stevenson’s wife woke her husband out of what appeared to have been a nightmare. In fact, it was a dream that formed DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE; Frank Wildhorn & Leslie Bricusse wrote the stage musical version from which we will probably concentrate our efforts on ‘Façade’, the ensemble number at the beginning of Act One. SIT DOWN YOU’RE ROCKIN’ THE BOAT from Guys & Dolls is the song in which the gambler Nicely-Nicely Johnson invents a dream about being saved from hell in order to bring together the members of the prayer meeting. Tom Lehrer’s ELEMENTS patter song is a take on Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev’s PERIODIC TABLE . Mendeleev is quoted as saying: "I saw in a dream a table where all elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper, only in one place did a correction later seem necessary."



Freddy's course details are still being compiled and will be posted as soon this is done.


Course title: Dreams Made Flesh ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on…’ - William Shakespeare

Dreams - where the banal intertwines with the surreal and sometimes the visionary. Dreams - the intersection of story and psyche, conscious and unconscious narratives. This course is inspired by the dream-like paintings and surreal stories of artist and author Leonora Carrington. There’ll be various activities and approaches. Using Leonora Carrington’s wondrous paintings (and also contemporary cutting-edge photography), we will literally step into strange worlds - closely observing, then embodying images. We will see what discoveries we can make about character, emotion and intuition. We will work with some basic physical theatre techniques (Laban, Lecoq) and with mime, so that we can fly, glide and ‘run in honey’ as we all do in our dreams. We will also adapt Leonoras’s stories as scenes to play and use actual dreams or other dream-like stories as jumping-off points for small theatre works. We’ll experiment with filling spaces with the strange atmospheres and dynamics of dreams. So; there will be text work, physical work and improvising/devising. We will also explore some full-face mask work. We will also work using prompts and interventions from a specially designed Artists’ Tarot deck. This course is a magical mystery tour where we explore the surreal power of images and non-naturalism to speak to and of the human psyche and emotions.


Janice's course details are still being compiled and will be posted as soon this is done.


Simon's course details are still being compiled and will be posted as soon this is done.