The research project shortly explained in this page refers to the work carried out in the frame of the Master of Arts in Artistic Research at Accademia Teatro Dimitri, SUPSI (scuola Universitaria della Svizzera Italiana), Switzerland, 2017-2019.
The research projects consited in investigating the effects that the 2-day workshop The Urge of Being has on participants (students of Accademia Teatro Dimitri).
The Urge of Being is a 2-day workshop offered to performing artists which aims to access the biological core of energy and emotions, channel and express it. It works with movement, voice, text and songs both under the theatrical and scientific points of view.
Grounded on the recent dialogue between Science and Art, this research project aims to investigate the relation between physical theater and recent biological and neuroscientific theories of emotions, feelings and embodiment, such as Biochemistry of Emotions by Candace Pert and the theories of Antonio Damasio. The most influential theatrical approach of The Urge of Being is the research of Jerzy Grotowski in the form of the "Plastiques” and “body-voice training”. The relation between theatrical practice and life science was developed with the aim to explore the possible effects and advantages that performers can gain both by knowing such theories and by engaging in training inspired by them.
The mentioned theories of emotions have been selected to inspire, inform and support the specific approach to the theatrical work on emotions that it is conducted during the workshop. This approach is strictly physical because the workshop leads the performer to access his expressivity and emotional sphere from his physicality and through the work with his inner impulses, with the intent to work with his biological source of expression and
channel it into an artistic communication.
The interdisciplinary approach of The Urge of Being aims to let the trainee experience that the artistic expression can be accessed through the dialogue between the tangible and intangible aspects of the human being: biology and art.
Full thesis here