Labirion Officine Trasversali
(Rome) / 2020
The Actor’s Atelier is a 3-year project of the Grotowski Institute divided into three yearly series of work sessions that will be held at different partner venues in 2018–2021. Each year, at each of the venues, a group of 14 participants will take part in a course of 4–5 work sessions.
The programme of the Actor’s Atelier in Rome will consist of two sessions held in Rome and two sessions held in Wrocław, Poland. The Rome sessions will place at Labirion Officine Trasversali, Via Bellegra 31–33, 00171 Rome. Each session will consist of several-day training in the lines of practice represented by the leaders who hold regular work sessions at the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław. Please note the sessions will be led in English.
27–31 January 2020, Rome
Leaders: Jakub Gontarski, Aleksandra Kotecka and Tomasz Wierzbowski
14–18 February 2020, Rome
Leaders: Jakub Gontarski, Przemysław Błaszczak
31 March – 7 April 2020, Wrocław / session cancelled
Leaders: Przemysław Błaszczak, Jakub Gontarski, Aleksandra Kotecka and Tomasz Wierzbowski
19–30 May 2020, Wrocław / session cancelled
Leaders: Jakub Gontarski, Przemysław Błaszczak, Aleksandra Kotecka and Tomasz Wierzbowski, Jarosław Fret
6–14 November 2020, Wrocław
6–4 December 2020, Wrocław
The lines of practice
The work sessions introduce three-part polyphony, basing on the various musical scales of Georgian music, both folk and religious, and making use of basic musical formulas. Through a selected set of exercises developed over ten years of both teaching and learning experience of the leaders, it will aim at developing what can be called a sense of polyphony.
Comprehensive sessions dedicated to the actor’s dramaturgy. The Change (meaning a situation that got disturbed), and the ability to recognise it, is the main and fundamental aspect of every drama. How an actor, a performer can work for readability of her/his own line of actions? How, by making a live stream of permanent movements, structurise them within their inner microdramaturgical potentiality?
This training is the outcome of many years of practice of Jakub Gontarski and his collaborators in the fields of martial arts, sport, dance, theatre and body therapy. The training tools support mobility, motor control, speed, body stability, spatial awareness, motor intelligence, and help keep the body in good psychophysical shape. The work aims at arriving at a conscious body that is agile, flexible, resilient, unblocked, sensitive, instinctive, present and in-the-flow; a body ready to enter into physical dialogue, in a state of conscious breathing, rhythm and agitated senses.
Social norms, conventions, etiquette and rules create an environment that shapes our physicality and relation to the body – that is our ‘body view’. The way we walk, run, dance, touch ourselves and each other is culturally determined but so deeply ingrained that we readily identify with it and say: ‘This is the way I am’. We don’t remember or seem not to remember that from birth we are exposed to intense training that never really ends and our behaviour is a way of conforming to the prevailing norms.