Peter Brook : “Art only becomes useful to man and society if it contains within it an urge to action.”
At Francophone Youth Theatre we believe that every youth studying French as a foreign language can express it on stage and thus live it fully. We promote the French language through theatre with different actions.
People practicing theatre are able to express themselves through their speech and to gradually discover a new facet of themselves thanks to this self in this new language.
“What is crucial for teaching is not to understand how language is structured but how language is used,” writes Bachmann.
Indeed theatre provides a medium for this. It creates a setting where the text shines through the actors’ speech and body language. Hence the performance itself becomes a language understood by everyone.
Today, we want to launch the first Francophone Youth Theatre Festival in Chicago.
They offer an artistic gathering and create intercultural and intergenerational links between a passionate theatre and French language. They are meant to be creative projects stimulating the desire of expression for everyone.
Our main goal is to help the young acting companies produce their play: understand the French text, create the staging and develop interactions with the audience.
We invite performing arts professionals (directors, actors, artistic directors etc.) from different cultures to participate with French teachers and students in the process of:
- Discovering Francophone theatre
- Helping directing the plays
- Sharing skills, experiences and creativity
We are running a think tank to study the effects of theatrical learning on language acquisitions:
- Measure the results, progress in understanding, pronunciation, interpretation and spontaneous expression.
- Study the increase of empowerment in learning the theatrical work which is necessary for the creation of the staging.