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The Urge of Being

11 days creative expedition on a sailing boat

International creative expedition and workshop by
Daniela Marcozzi /Marcozzi Contemporary Theater (Italy / Berlin)
in collaboration with “LAFRIonArt&Beyond”,

a “sailing and art” project created by the skipper and artist Nikolas Piperas.

The Urge of Being is a creative expedition and workshop on the sailing boat Lafri. It is open to performing artists and artists of all genres, creatives and researchers.

The expedition includes an initial dry-land workshop in Athens, a sailing week in the Cyclades archipelago on Lafri Boat and a final dry-land workshop with a public presentation in Andros island.


June 16th - 26th (11 overnights)

Meeting point: Athens
Embarkation port: Lavrio
Sailing week in the Cyclades archipelago
Disembarkation port: Andros (Korthi)


The Urge of Being is a creative sea voyage and creative expedition addressed to artists and creative people who want to experience what happens when we expose ourselves and our creative processes to the immensity of the sea.


We will explore what happens when we take artistic processes out of a purely anthropocentric context and expose them to the immensity of the sea for an extended period of time.


Daniela Marcozzi is theater performer, director, researcher, trainer and former Environmental Biotechnologist.
In recent years Daniela has organized forward research projects, international art residencies in Italy, Greece and Baja California (Mexico), with the intention of bringing her artistic languages closer to the immensity of the sea, its forces, creatures and urges.


The Urge of Being has four main phases:

1. Preparation online
2. one-day dryland workshop (Athens)
3. one-week sailing
4. two-day dryland workshop and final presentation in (Andros)

Formation of the group and online meeting to get to know each other, to give logistic information, to share theoretical content about the basis of the creative expedition, touching the following scientific and artistic points:

- Ecology: Introducing the relation between ecology and the Performing arts by sharing some research projects, performances, expeditions of recent years.
- Sensorial experience: neuroscience approach to perception, to the evolutionary role of our senses, to their limits, to their functions.
- Embodiment and emotions: how emotions and embodiment allow our survival. Biological theory of emotions and feelings by Antonio Damasio and Candace Pert.


The workshop consists of a group-based training and creative process that includes tools of physical theater, vocal training, movement research, techniques of embodiment, composition and dramaturgy. It is a flow of work in which specific exercises of physical theatre, Plastique Sequence and Body-voice training that derive from J. Grotowski's training and research, that have been transmitted to Daniela Marcozzi by Peter Rose, former student of Grotowski.
The workshop puts the performers' organism in the condition of continuously adjusting its homeostasis in order to position itself in the present moment and space and quickly react to the given situation.

The driving force of the work is urgency, understood as an unconditional urge to survive at any level.
The work invites performers to consciously generate their own urgency by working with the body's internal impulses.

More about Daniela’s training can be found here.
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We’ll embark on a one week expedition in the Cyclades archipelago. During this period several daily activities will be proposed to articulate the experience that we are having on the boat through artistic means.

In tune with the rhythms and navigational demands of sailing on the open sea, we will carry out an exercise routine during the week of the expedition.

- Tuning exercises: meditation and breathing exercises and martial arts warm-up sequences aimed at tuning our proprioception, connecting with our surroundings

- Embodiment exercises: we will explore the undulatory component of movement, gesture and action. The undulatory nature of voice, the union of body and voice.

- Creative writing exercises for the creation of texts that will either directly be part of the performance or inspire it.

- Sensory exercises

After each session, there will be discussions and feedback.

Sailing, communal life and supporting the daily tasks on the boat (maintenance, cooking, cleaning) will be active parts of the research.


In this final workshop, our artistic explorations will be put together into a fluid dramaturgy that can include different artistic languages depending on the group members.
The material we created during the week of sailing, such as texts, videos, movement sequences, physical vocal improvisations, personal and group reflections, will go into a fluid dramaturgy that is open to eventual interaction and dialogue with the audience.
We’ll bring together personal and group reflections and artistic creations into a common dramaturgy and share it with the audience.


-Sunday 16.06 - Athens
12:00 first meeting of the group in Athens
13:00 - 19:00 initial dry-land workshop in studio Calderone
We sleep one night in Athens: the accommodation is already organized and costs are included.

- Monday 17.06
In the morning we travel by bus from Athens to Lavrio Port (cost 5-6 euro not included) to meet the skipper Nikolas Piperas, prepare the boat and buy the food (cost included).
We sleep on the boat.

- From 18.06 to 23.06
Sailing period in the Cyclades archipelago.

- 24, 25. 06 - Andros (one of the islands of the Cyclades)
Final 2 days dry-land workshop at Koinsep Androu
We sleep on the boat.

- 26.06 - Andros
Public sharing of our creative process
We sleep on the boat.

- 27.06 - Andros
Disembarkation in the morning


The Urge of Being lasts 11 days
Dates : 16.06 - 26.06.2024

Total costs
Single cabin: 1290€
Shared cabin: 1150€

Price: 120€ /day/person or 105€/day/person sharing a cabin

The costs includes: boat expenses, fuel, water, food on board, port fees, accommodation on board.

The costs doesn’t include: drinks, cleaning, cooking, helping the skipper with sailing the boat, bus from Athens to Lavrio.


The workshop has a limited number of participants: 4 to 6 participants +skipper, +workshop facilitator.

If you have any questions, please contact Daniela Marcozzi at or by phone or whatsapp: +39 351 886 7010
To register to the workshop, please fill up the online application at this link:


... see you on board!

Graphic Nicole Shakarishvili

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