Schauburg & Kafka’s “Verwandlung”: Being Premiere Class

This autumn, we’re Premiere Class for the stage adaptation of Kafka’s “Verwandlung” shown at the Schauburg, München.

Die Verwandlung

Taking teaching literature away from the normal classroom routine of the classical teacher-centred style, we chose a different path to explore a German classic.

The Schauburg’s programme is very exciting as it gives 26 senior students the unique chance to follow a professional theatre production from the beginnings to its opening night. We gain insight into the rehearsal process, the production process and thereby closely follow the team’s steps towards its opening night.

Last week we talked about how actors and the director approach a rehearsal, especially at the early beginning of a production. After having tried out some vocal and physical warmup activities, we had a peek into the various characters’ minds, trying with only one sentence per character to make them come alive in our rehearsal space. How would you feel like if you woke up one day as a gigantic bug? Imagine instagram and social media had been around in Kafka’s time…

We also got some insight into the costumes that the costumes designer envisions for this production. Some grotesque, some fairly peculiar — and some of us even were reminded of cartoon The Simpson. Well, clearly, this is going to be exciting to see what the costume designer has settled for. We can’t wait!