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 a two-day workshop by Daniela Marcozzi
and an artistic research project carried out during the Master of Arts in Artistic Research,
Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Switzerland
“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 research project 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 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' as transmitted by Peter Rose.
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 condition 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.