After a short flight, the LMU theatre students arrived in the snow covered city of Moscow, Russia. Before their studies with the Moscow Art Theater commenced, the students took an afternoon bus tour of the city where they visited relevant sights to their studies as well as major attractions of the city. Some of the stops included Sparrow Point, Christ Savior Cathedral, and Novodevichy Cemetery and Convent where the founders of the Moscow Art Theatre were laid to rest.
In preparation of their three week excursion in Moscow, the LMU theatre students have spent their first few weeks in Bonn studying Stanislavsky acting techniques with one of the Moscow Art Theatre instructors, Ilja Bocharnikovs. The students permed in a showcase of their course work which included various concentration exercises, and short comedic scenes. The scenes contained performances of a sloth, penguins, spaghetti being cooked, and a parody of soap operas to name a few.
The TAMU Visualization students had the wonderful opportunity to spend their first night in Germany at a castle situated atop a hill in the middle of the small town of Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg. Upon their arrival in Frankfurt, they loaded onto a bus and made the short trip to Ebernburg, where they enjoyed their first traditional German lunch. They then met with one of their professors for the spring semester and explored the castle grounds, searching for sounds that reminded them of home. That evening, they took a tour through the town led by one of the old “city guards,” where they learned about the centuries-old history of the castle and the surrounding villages of Bad Münster am Stein and Ebernburg. They finished the evening with a dinner at Alt-Ebernburg, the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the village.
The second day started out with an intercultural workshop with fun exercises to attune the students to living and studying abroad in a different culture. After the workshop they traveled to the next town to visit the “Puppet Theatre Art” museum. A guided tour gave the students the opportunity to see how these puppets were created, what kind of detail went into designing them and they also learned a bit about the history of Puppet Theater in Germany. Next up, the sunny, wintery weather was perfect for a walk along the River Nahe to a Brauhaus, where they ended their first successful trip.After lunch, the TAMU Visualization students made their way to Bonn. Now, the moment they had anxiously and excitedly awaited was finally here- they got to meet their host families for the first time. One by one, they were picked up by their host families and started off into their first weekend in Bonn.
All in all, the experience was an incredible first taste of German culture.
Our Engineering and New Europe students engaged in a farewell church service and art exhibition as part of the "European Christianity" and "Art & Ecology" class. Undergraduate students rarely have the opportunity to organize and participate in something so meaningful, so they were excited to face this challenge in the last days of their program. Both, the church service as well as the art exhibition were hosted by our local church “Namen-Jesu” and attracted a lot of people. Especially the students’ sketch books, displayed on top of self-made sculptures (made out of newspaper (!) only) were a real eyecatcher! Such a special atmosphere, created by our students’ choir and the combination of art and religion.
Over the course of four months, the LMU Film students experimented with different creative approaches to film making, and were asked to produce their very own short documentary. These students had the daunting task of finding a subject, forming a storyline, using the given equipment in the best way possible and spending hours and weeks in the editing lab to put together a good film. The finished films were a success! And six of the sixteen documentaries produced would be chosen by a jury to be shown on the big screen. The students waited in anticipation to see if they would have the opportunity to see their documentary screened in a movie theater in front of a 300 people’s audience.
The REX Movie Theater in Bonn Endenich hosted the event, and had an excellent turnout. After watching all six documentaries the audience was given a chance to vote for their personal favorite. We are proud to announce the winner of the Bonnywood Audience Award is – Mariel Sosa! Congratulations Mariel, we wish you luck in your future endeavors!
The church service, art exhibition, and final screening were monumental moments for our students. We couldn’t have hoped for a better end to the semester than celebrating, reminiscing and laughing together at ‘Fiddler’s,' the cozy Irish pub.
Enjoy the pictures and movie from our farewell church service, art exhibition, film screening and farewell party organized by the LMU Engineering, LMU New Europe and LMU Film students!
Just a short train ride away lies the city of Cologne with its towering gothic cathedral. The students take a guided tour though the cathedral where they can learn a little about the cathedral’s history and importance. For instance, what makes Cologne’s cathedral particularly special is the gold casket containing the relics of the Magi (the Three Holy Kings). In fact, the newer gothic cathedral that stands there today was built specifically to house them. After touring the cathedral the student’s follow their guide through the city to visit a perfume shop where they can sample the original Eau de Cologne or “Water from Cologne.” The night wraps up with a group dinner at a traditional German restaurant where students enjoy a warm and filling dinner after their cold walk through the city. While the students have only scratched the surface of what Cologne has to offer, they are always welcome to return on their own to explore the city.