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One week workshop-creative process for eight monologues led by Daniela Marcozzi




Ride the impulse is a one-week workshop and creative process for eight performers, finalized to the creation of short monologues.

It is a development and continuation of the  two-day intensive Workshop for Performers: The Urge of Being, based on the principle that urgency pushes us to survive. If the expression of the artist is triggered by urgency, her communication will be perceived as authentic and necessary, because it is rooted in her physiological need to express herself.

From a biological point of view, urgency can be understood as the basic motivation that pushes living creatures to verbally and non-verbally express themselves. The higher the degree of urgency, the more effective the communication, and the higher the possibility to survive.

With the term “urgency” I mean any type of urgency, not only biological: individual, collective, social, cultural, sentimental, relational, environmental, etc.




A monologue is an occasion to narrate something: a fact, a thought, a reflection, a stream of consciousness, an invitation, a statement, a nightmare, a declaration, a desire, a fear, a possibility, a doubt.

How can we narrate all of this possible content with our whole beings?

By exploring possible narrative flows that originate from inner impulses of the performer. In order to experiment with potential narrative flows, we will go through the following steps:


- We'll start with a series of exercises from the workshop The Urge of Being aimed to access the realm of impulses and to experience narrative flows that will nourish different parts of the monologues.


- We'll then channel the energy into a specific expression by exploring movement research, vocal expression, somatic consciousness, imagination, Plastique sequence flow (From Grotowski's training), visual inputs, localization and the journey of the monologue in the physical and vocal organism, energetic processes and their amplification.

In this work, the text is a tool to channel and amplify energy, a pretext to handle the physical impulses of the organism and channel its urgency of expression.

The text is not necessarily the first nor primary access to the text. Instead, we will train our inner source of energy, the “seed” of energy that is still unconditioned and undifferentiated.

This is the impulse through which we can build an energetic process that supports the content and form of the monologue.


By activating this process, the text acquires different meanings and readings and the performer works in av non-representational way.

The monologue can take any type of form: it can be mute, physical, vocal, spoken, danced, symbolic, etc, and, most of all, we'll work to orchestrate harmoniously these possibilities. We'' work with the aim to embody the voice; to bring movement and dance in dialogue; to train and address the intentions of the organism and set its energies free.

- An open demonstration of our work to a small audience is planned for the last day of the process as a precious occasion to embody and channel the energy of the audience into the work. It is a friendly and fertile possibility for exchange of practices and aesthetics within the Berlin performing community ad within the artists, peers, students of Marcozzi Contemporary Theater.




The monologue should be chosen before the beginning of the workshop. It can be performed in any language, it can be a personal writing, an article, a short narrative text or a published text; it can be poetic, theatrical or any other type of text.

If the performer doesn't have a monologue, I can assign one.

The length is minimum 5 lines and maximum 12 lines, ca.




Physical work: Medium-High intensity

This work is addressed to performing artists interested in overcoming the labelling of performative expression that divides theatre from dance, dance from theatre, music from theatre, singing from dance and who is willing to step out of their own comfort zone.

The inclination in working cooperatively in group and individually is desired.




Berlin  7 > 14.12

Saturday 07.12, from 14:00 to 20:00 @Studio 2, Mime Centrum

Sunday 08.12, from 13:00 to 20:00 @Studio 2, Mime Centrum

Tuesday 10.12 from 18:30 to 22:00 @Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte

Wednesday 11.12, 14:30 to 18:00 @Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte

Thursday 12.12, 14:30 to 18:00 @Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte

Friday 13.12, from 18:30 to 22:00 @Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte

Saturday 14.12, from 17:00 to 22:00 @Studio 2, Mime Centrum (from 17:00 to 19:30: training. From 20:00 to 21.00: open demonstration. From 21.00 to 22:00: closing session of the workshop)




The workshop is limited to a maximum of eight performers.

The sessions of the first week-end (Saturday 07.12 and Sunday 08.12) will be mainly based on a group work, and the sessions from Tuesday to Friday will be mainly individual. To organize the work from Tuesday to Friday, we'll prepare a schedule to work individually with each performer. During the individual session, the rest of the group is invited to join.

A maximum of 2 absences are allowed from Tuesday and Friday, while presence on Saturdays and Sunday is mandatory.




Physical work: Medium-High intensityThis work is addressed to performing artists interested in overcoming the labelling of the performative expression that divides theatre from dance, dance from theatre, music from theatre, singing from dance and willing to step out of the comfort zone.The inclination in working cooperatively in group and individually is desired.




220 euro: normal fee190 euro: early birds for payment by November 1st, for students and for pupils of Marcozzi Contemporary Theater. Registrations are open until November 27th.

To register write to and, please, briefly describe WHY you are interested in this work and what are your (eventual) previous experiences in performing arts or expressive work. Thank you!




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