The Actor’s Presence and the Spectator’s Perception

International School of Theatre Anthropology – New Generation directed by Eugenio Barba | In English

Tue–Fri 12–22 October 2021
Favignana (Italy)

The Actor’s Presence and the Spectator’s Perception

The session of ISTA – NG (International School of Theatre Anthropology – New Generation) will take place on the island of Favignana (Italy) during the period 12–22 October 2021. Its theme is The Actor’s Presence and the Spectator’s Perception.

Masters from different theatre and dance traditions, in collaboration with Eugenio Barba, will introduce the participants to the pre-expressive level of their styles, i.e. the level of scenic presence.

The technical principles which govern the craft of an actor/dancer are never present in a pure state, but always appear in the guise of a style. When the guises belong to styles and traditions which are foreign to us, there is the danger that these principles can remain hidden from us because of the strangeness of the form which contains them. When the guises are familiar to us, it is this very familiarity which weakens our attention.

An actor/dancer’s first days of apprenticeship are decisive. It is on this threshold that the principles of scenic presence meet. The scenic presence is the base on which actors and dancers build the relationship with the spectators and, consequently, a social presence.

In the session of ISTA – NG, theatre and dance masters from different traditions will go through the first steps of their apprenticeship. In the course of the day they will exemplify, through demonstrations and practical work, how they learned and personalised their specific technique.

The participants will have the opportunity to experience the ‘first day’ while becoming aware of the principles which give life to the physical/mental know-how of an actor/dancer. During the demonstrations and the biographical talks, the participants will encounter the transcultural paths of the social presence of the actor/dancer masters.

Working language English

Fee 1,100 (one thousand one hundred) EUR, inclusive supper and lodging in shared rooms

Deadline for applying 30 July 2021

Contact person Irene Di Lelio (Linee Libere)

Application Form

Parvathy Baul (India)
I Wayan Bawa (Bali)
Yalan Lin (Taiwan)
Alício Amaral, Juliana Pardo (Cia. Mundu Rodá, Brazil)
Lydia Koniordou (Greece)
Alessandro Rigoletti, Caterina Scotti, Tiziana Barbiero (Teatro tascabile di Bergamo, Italy)
Eugenio Barba, Roberta Carreri, Julia Varley (Odin Teatret, Denmark)
Ana Woolf (Argentina)

Organisers Fondazione Barba Varley in collaboration with Linee Libere and Teatro Proskenion (Italy), Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium-Odin Teatret (Denmark), the Grotowski Institute (Poland)

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The event will be part of the city of Wrocław’s preparations to become the 2022/2023 ITI/UNESCO World Performing Arts Capital.

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