Knock Knock Doc - Episode 06 # Season 2

Imaginary Emotions

“I loved you, Don Juan, with extreme tenderness, and nothing in the world was dearer to me than you.” In Act IV, scene 6 of Molière’s work, Donna Elvira proclaims her selfless, unconditional love for Don Juan in order to save him from the dreadful fate that awaits him. A monologue of such intense emotion that it inspired the PhD research of Florence Pignarre, the graduate student Arthur meets this week, on the very specific nature of emotions felt by actors on stage.

[Edit on October 9 2014] “I loved you, Don Juan, with extreme tenderness, and nothing in the world was dearer to me than you.”* In Act IV, scene 6 of Molière’s work, Donna Elvira proclaims her selfless, unconditional love for Don Juan in order to save him from the dreadful fate that awaits him. A monologue of such intense emotion that it inspired the PhD research of Florence Pignarre, the graduate student Arthur meets this week, on the very specific nature of emotions felt by actors on stage. 


Florence Pignarre, stage actor and PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Paris IV.

Season 2, Episode 6 – Imaginary Emotions

Actors’ emotions when they perform are both imaginary and truly felt. It’s in this duality that the challenge of acting resides. Florence, an actor and PhD student in philosophy, is investigating the nature of feelings in the theater, using a philosophical approach. She explains to Arthur what her thesis has meant to her and what made her pursue this adventure.

As for Arthur, he continues to worry about the size of the task ahead of him, but is already thinking about his future career…

* Translation taken from Brett B. Bodemer. "Don Juan"., 2010. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bbodemer/17

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