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French and German theatre companies in Aachen and Trier during the French occupation (1794-1814)

Abstract : In the context of the establishment of French theatre by the French authorities in the new departments on the left side of the Rhine, competition prevailed between French and German theatrical companies in Trier and Aachen during the French period (1794-1814). Despite the authorities’ support, French theatre didn’t manage to become established in the Roer and Sarre departments. Besides the unfavorable political and economic context, some regulations and laws about theatre penalized German as well as French companies. Above all linguistic differences prevented the German audience from appreciating French plays and the vast majority of the local public didn’t identify with republican culture. The directors of the companies tried to remedy the problem by modifying the repertoire by giving greater importance to musical genres (comic opera, singspiels), spectacular theatrical shows and ballets or mime shows.
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Fanny Platelle. French and German theatre companies in Aachen and Trier during the French occupation (1794-1814). Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire, Philippe Bourdin, Charlotta Wolf, in collaboration with Mélanie Traversier. Moving scenes: the Circulation of music and theatre in Europe, 1700-1815, Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, 2018, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, p. 39-59. ⟨hal-02999979⟩



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