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BERLIN: 6 - 7 May


VIENNA: 21-23 October


VIENNA: 6 - 8 March

BERLIN: 9 - 10 May


BERLIN: 9-10 May

BERLIN: 2 - 3 February

VIENNA: 8 - 9 - 10 March

VENICE: 13 - 14 April

BERLIN: 4 - 5 May

BENEVENTO (IT): 6, 7 July

PAVIA (IT) : 19, 20, 21 July

BERLIN: 12, 13 October

VIENNA: 15-17 November

VIENNA: 18  - 22  July
NEW ORLEANS: 19 - 20 September
BERLIN: 26 - 27   October
ROME: 17 - 18  November
BERLIN: 14 - 15  December



The Urge of Being is based on the Artistic Research that Daniela Marcozzi, former biologist, carried out at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Switzerland during the Master of Arts in Artistic Research. Her research aims at exploring the biology of emotions and theories of embodiment and defining an innovative training based on urgency of expression, that brings together life science and performing arts.

“We’re not just little hunks of meat.

We’re vibrating like a tuning fork — we send out a vibration to other people.

We broadcast and receive.

Thus the emotions orchestrate the interactions among all our organs and systems to control that.”

(PhD Candace Pert)

The Urge of Being is an innovative training program informed by the latest biological and neurobiological theories of emotions. This work investigated how the performer experiences authenticity when authenticity is in relation to the biological need to express oneself.

The Urge of Being is a flow of work in which specific exercises of physical theatre, "Plastique sequence" and "Body-voice" training, text and singing work are organically alternated with free and improvised moments.
This "work-stream" creates different energetic processes that allow the performers to work with the emotional system from the inside-out.

In the context of this workshop, the theatrical work will match her biological studies in order to access biological energies and channel them in the artistic expression; the awareness of this process translates into the possibility of an enhanced scenic presence, a more conscious and authentic self-expression together with an improved capacity of understanding and communicating with others on scene.


We'll work with:
- Theoretical background of the workshop (Theories of emotions, embodiment, principles of deep ecology and systemic)
- breathing exercises
- rhythm
- muscles contraction and elongation
- group dynamics
- individual research
- techniques of embodiment / movement research
- Plastique sequence and body-voice training by J. Grotowski, as transmitted by Peter Rose, mentor of Daniela Marcozzi and student of Grotowski.
- voice exercise, body resonators
- embodiment of text and song
- elements of dramaturgy for text-song work

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 driving force of the work is Urgency, understood as the push to survive at any level. The workshop lead the performer to work in the so called Artistic survival mode, a condition in which the performer consciously generates the own urgency and works with inner impulses in dialogue with the external environment. This dialogue is defined "give and take", and it consists of the active and continuosly re-arranging interaction between expression - ex-press = press-out, and emdodiment - im-press = press in-to the body.


The workshop creates the conditions to build energetic processes of several natures trough which the performer can work with the emotional system from the inside-out. This way of working with the emotions supports the biological role of emotions: in biology emotions needed to be expressed and disclosed from the inside-out in order to accomplish their role of survival. This is why in the workshop the performer works with different urgency patterns to reach the source of emotions rather than representing emotions by adopting fixed physical pattern from the outside-in. In this way the performer experience himself/herself not as an interpreter of emotional state but as a channel of emotional impulses.


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