Jonas Lambelet, drama student
‘My desire to go to the Manufacture was motivated in equal measure by my wish to work here in Lausanne and to speak to the people of Lausanne about their universe and elsewhere.’
Why did you choose to study in Lausanne?
JL | For me, the choice of town was related to the choice of school. I wanted to join the Manufacture. Its programme and educational vision attracted me and fitted in with my wishes.
What were your first impressions when you arrived in Lausanne?
JL | Having lived in Lausanne from a young age, I know the city well. It's a city on a human scale, and yet Lausanne has a cultural life on a par with other large cities.
Where did you study before starting a course of higher education in Lausanne?
JL | I spent two years as a student at the Conservatoire de Genève, in the Dramatic Arts section.
If you had to define the study environment in Lausanne in just three words, what would they be?
JL | International, compartmentalised, eclectic.
Can you tell us about any memorable events you have experienced during your studies?
JL | Compared with the university campus, the Manufacture is a small college. For me, however, it's been a place of important encounters, both with the tutors and the students, both personally and professionally.
What are you planning to do after your studies?
JL | The bachelor's degree in drama is a professional qualification, so I don't plan to continue with my studies straightaway. But I don't rule out doing a master's in directing after a period of ‘resting’.
Will you stay in Lausanne after finishing your studies if you have the opportunity to do so? And if so, why?
JL | Yes, because my desire to go to the Manufacture was motivated in equal measure by my wish to work here in Lausanne and to speak to the people of Lausanne about their universe and elsewhere.
Would you recommend Lausanne as a town in which to start your higher education?
JL | I think that the choice of school is more important than that of the place of study. But yes, I do find that Lausanne is a nice town in which to study.
And your fondest memory of Lausanne?
JL | It is not related to my studies and is rather personal... But it was at the Théâtre de Vidy...
Interview conducted by | Tom Crawford