Activities for International Schools 2019-03-26T16:28:41+00:00

Activities for International Schools

The Franco Zeffirelli International Center for the Performing Arts, a Non-Profit Foundation, offers a wide range of educational proposals to the International Schools and Universities in Florence, in order to spread and promote the theatrical, operatic and cinematographic culture among young people. The With the extraordinary quality and variety of exhibited materials (costume and scene designs, sketches and models), all these initiatives are addressed to students of all levels, stimulating their critical skills and creativity.

Interactive visits for everyone

To the discovery of the different languages ​​of performing arts: drama, opera and cinema

Guided tour with or without a workshop at the Franco Zeffirelli Museum (on Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 6 pm).

The visits will explore in-depth a preselected topic and will occur encouraging students to ask questions and formulate their ideas by sharing them with the group. According to the level of knowledge of the participants, there will be the storytelling of the theatrical texts together with the explanation of the exhibited material. For those who request there will be an educational workshop in order to stimulate the creative reflections of each student.

Although the activities are differentiated according to the field of studies and the interests of the class, they all have the common goal of letting the students experience, for the duration of the workshop, the jobs of professional people involved in staging (directing, costume and set designing, etc), elaborating their personal vision.

The visit without a workshop, which lasts about one hour, costs 7 euros per student.
The visit + educational workshop, lasting about 2 hours, costs 10 euros per student.
Teachers have free entry.

For information and reservations:
e-mail address: education@fondazionefrancozeffirelli.com
tel. 055 281038

The frozen heart princess

Princess Turandot welcomes visitors on the staircase leading to the Museum. Through the fairytale put into music by Giacomo Puccini and repeatedly staged by Franco Zeffirelli students will be introduced to the magic of opera and to the enchantment of theater.
This activity consists of two parts.
The first one will take place in the rooms of the Museum, where students will be led through an interactive guided tour, with particular attention given to the room dedicated to the various editions of Puccini’s opera Turandot staged by Franco Zeffirelli. Here they will be told about the story of the Chinese princess and about the exotic setting which will be illustrated through the explanation of the scenographic sketches, stage costumes, and a three-dimensional model.
Later, in a classroom located on the ground floor, students will see some videos and some slides about the work of Franco Zeffirelli; then they will be invited to produce through their drawings or their notes their own vision of the opera, reflecting on the characters and scenes.

The objectives of the visit and the workshop are:

  • To introduce students to the magic of opera and the construction of a theatrical performance;
  • To help them understand how behind the construction of a theatrical show there is a balance of work that combines creativity and study;
  • To solicit the curiosity and capability of observations, sharing their ideas in a group;
  • To stimulate creativity, inviting students to elaborate their own vision of the show;
  • To discover how opera and theater connects to different disciplines such as art, literature and music.

The visit without the workshop lasts about one hour tes and costs 7 euros per student.
The visit + educational workshop lasts about 2 hours and costs 10 euros per student. Teachers have free entry.

For information and reservations:
e-mail address: education@fondazionefrancozeffirelli.com
tel. 055 281038

Laugh, pagliaccio!

Through the small wandering company of circus artists, whose story has been repeatedly staged by Franco Zeffirelli, students will be introduced to the magic of opera and and to the enchantment of theater.
This activity consists of two parts.
The first one will take place in the rooms of the Museum, where students will be led through an interactive guided tour, with particular attention given to the room dedicated to the different editions of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera, staged by Franco Zeffirelli. Here they will be told about the tragic story of Canio, the Clown and about the setting which will be illustrated through the explanation of the scenographic sketches, stage costumes, and a three-dimensional model.
Later, in a classroom located on the ground floor, students will see some videos and some slides about the work of Franco Zeffirelli; then they will be invited to produce through their drawings or their notes their own vision of the opera, reflecting on the characters and scenes.

The objectives of the visit and the workshop are:

  • To introduce students to the magic of opera and the construction of a theatrical performance;
  • To help them understand how behind the construction of a theatrical show there is a balance of work that combines creativity and study;
  • To help them understand how behind the construction of a theatrical show there is a balance of work that combines creativity and study;
  • To solicit the curiosity and capability of observations, sharing their ideas in a group;
  • To stimulate creativity, inviting students to elaborate their own vision of the show;
  • To discover how opera and theater connects to different disciplines such as art, literature and music.

The visit without the workshop lasts about one hour and costs 7 euros per student.
The visit + educational workshop lasts about 2 hours and costs 10 euros per student. Teachers have free entry.

For information and reservations:
e-mail address: education@fondazionefrancozeffirelli.com
tel. 055 281038

With Romeo and Juliet: become a film director for a while!

Through the story of Romeo and Juliet, which has been repeatedly staged and filmed by Franco Zeffirelli, students will be led to understand the differences and similarities between theatrical and film languages.
This activity consists of two parts.
The first phase will include:
a visit to the Museum, during which students will be invited to reflect on the complexity of the different elements that contribute to the creation of a work for the cinema.
A specific explanation of the profound novelties introduced by Zeffirelli in the Shakespearean staging, and in his cinematographic transpositions with the illustration of what a storyboard is.
A guided viewing of the video illustrating the multiple fields of Zeffirelli’s activities in the theatrical and film fields.

The second phase is a workshop when students will be invited to reflect on and elaborate the information they have just learned about;
After having viewed some sequences from the film Romeo and Juliet, students will be encouraged to choose an episode and illustrate it, according to their imagination, through a graphic rendering, thus creating a “vignette” of their ideal storyboard.

The visit without the workshop lasts about one hour and half and costs 7 euros per student.
The visit + educational workshop lasts about 3 hours and costs 12 euros per student. Teachers have free entry.

For information and reservations:
e-mail address: education@fondazionefrancozeffirelli.com
tel. 055 281038

The Thousands of Faces of Don Giovanni

The many different editions of Don Giovanni by composed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, directed by Franco Zeffirelli during his long career, in their astonishing diversity, perfectly illustrate the multiplicity of reading keys offered by Mozart’s masterpiece.
This variety is due to the complexity of the main character, who still belongs to the collective imagination, thanks to the many works that, over the centuries, have been focused on him; from The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest ,written by Tirso de Molina, to Molière and Mozart.
This activity consists of three parts that can be divided into two or three meetings for a total duration of about 4 hours.

First step: introductory lecture about the myth of Don Giovanni Tenorio in an equipped classroom located on the ground floor.

Second step: an interactive guided tour, with particular attention given to the room dedicated to the different editions of Don Giovanni staged by Franco Zeffirelli.

Third step: inside the classroom, with the support of audiovisual materials (such as a power-point presentation showing sketches, preparatory drawings, designs, scene photos, and videos), students will be shown the different moments of the complex work of staging, starting from the analysis of the dramatic text to its realization on the stage.

The tour and workshop have the following objectives:

  • To understand how behind the set-up of a theatrical performance there is a work that combines creativity and study;
  • To realize the importance of a work methodology based on rigorous historical and artistic documentation;
  • To learn about the main elements that contribute to the realization of a show, whatever genre it may be: the dramaturgy (subject, text, and for the cinema, screenplay), the interpretation (direction, acting and / or singing), the visual rendering (scenes and costumes and, for the cinema, storyboards and photography);
  • To stimulate the creativity of the students;
  • To discover how the theater connects different disciplines such as art, literature and music.

The visit without the workshop lasts about one hour and half and costs 7 euros per student.
The educational workshop (divided in two meetings) lasts about 3 hours and costs 10 euros more per student. Teachers have free entry.

For information and reservations:
e-mail address: education@fondazionefrancozeffirelli.com
tel. 055 281038

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