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'CONTRADICTIONS'
DYNAMIC FUSION OF PERFORMATIVE PRESENCE

PHYSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
20 - 28 AUGUST 2020
THE GROTOWSKI INSTITUTE

BRZEZINKA, WROCLAW / POLAND

 

PARTICIPANTS ARE INTRODUCED TO:

  • ritual of a respectful and focused working environment

  • building of a personal, daily physical practice

  • sensitivity and listening through partner and group 

  • awakening the intuitive body

  • power of collective presence and creative improvisations

  • rediscovering anatomy, opening physical abilities no matter to the level of previous  movement experience  

  • awareness and use of muscle tension and overall dynamics of the body

  • tools for building original physical structures 

  • unique exercises tracing to Grotowski’s laboratory work

  • adventure of unpredictable compositions of performative actions

  • martial art practices and contact improvisation techniques integrated into the training

  • pursuit of an idea as a source and result of artistic expression 

Contradiction as logical incompatibility between propositions pushes us to see things from greater perspective, from logical comprehensions to primal instincts. Beyond good or bad, correct or incorrect. It calls for the openness of meeting oneself face to face.  Only the intention of a seeker counts, where hearts burst and minds are blown. We want to re-pattern limitations, de-code the way of creating, reveal that there can be many more ways to shape performance action, ways of thinking about theatre, acting, dancing or performing. Contradictions are breaking restrains which we put upon us and often even didn’t have time to notice. We don’t need much more than human presence and dedication.

THE REMARKABLE POWER OF BRZEZINKA IS FORCING US TO REMAIN IN SILENCE, TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND ASK ONESELF THE QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE THE TIME TO FACE IN THE TURMOIL OF OUR EVERYDAY LIFE.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

WORKSHOP DATES: 20 - 28 AUGUST 2020

Arrival 20. August 

Workshop session 21 - 27. August 

Departure 28. August 


The workshop is restricted to a limited number of participants, the selection will be based on the order of applications.​

FEE

  • 1980 zł / 450 euro - application & down payment before 25th July 2020

  • 2220 zł / 500 euro application after 25th of July

The fee includes accommodation in the Brzezinka forest base, organised transport between Wroclaw and Brzezinka, and meals for the entire period of the work session. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, warm drinks and drinking water supply)

Downpayment is 250 zł and is not refundable. 

The selection of participants is based on the order of applications and date of the downpayment.

HOW TO APPLY

Please fill the application form and send your Biography to workshops@studiomatejka.com

LANGUAGE

The workshop will be led in English and Polish. The practice is based on the platform of listening and communication through the body and intuitive experience, therefore verbal explanation will be often reduced to possible minimum.

LOCATION

The work session will take place in Brzezinka in the historical forest base of The Grotowski Institute, located 46 km from Wroclaw. The Brzezinka forest base began as a renovation project by Jerzy Grotowski and The Laboratory Theatre in 1971. The renovated farm buildings surrounded by 10 hectares of forest, now contain a theatrical space, studio spaces, and full living accommodations.

 
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