Universiteit Leiden

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PhD project

'De Storm der Hartstochten Woedt'

‘The storm of the passions rages’: The works of Johannes Jelgerhuis as a source of stagecraft for the historically informed performer.

Laila Neuman

My general field of research centres on historical performance practice, focusing
on the theatrical legacy of Johannes Jelgerhuis Rienkszoon.
The central research question is: how can Jelgerhuis’s private works add to a better understanding of his acting treatise Theoretische Lessen over de Gesticulatie en Mimiek, and how does this in turn contribute to historically informed performance practice as well as the discussion of European theatre history in the early 19th century?

Through this research I want to bring the historical acting techniques of Jelgerhuis, particularly those revealed in his unpublished works, to the attention of a wider public, with the aim of enriching current HIP practice and the academic corpus from both the theoretical and the practical standpoint by applying these sources to the discipline of performing

Fields of interest

  • Theatre history
  • HIP
  • Mad song
  • Opera
  • Historical acting techniques
  • Johannes Jelgerhuis
  • Historical Theatre


PhD supervision

Jed Wentz

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