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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 “Lafri on art and 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 curious minds and researchers. 

The expedition included 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 


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.


The artistic workshops are facilitated by Daniela Marcozzi, a 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.

To learn more about her latest works, you can download the portfolio at this link.


The Urge of Being has four main phases:

  1. Preparation online

  2. 1-day dry-land workshop (Athens)

  3. 1-week sailing

  4. 2 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: Neuroscientific 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 Candance Pert about how they are generated in the body in the ongoing give and take process between human and environment.



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.

This type of approach creates different energetic processes that allow the performers to work with the emotional system from the inside-out and embodiment processes from the outside-in.

More about Daniela’s training can be found here:



After the initial dryland workshop, 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. 


What do we feel in the face of immensity? Emotions, joy, fascination, fear? 

The unconditional joy that flows from the physical encounter with sea creatures; the elusiveness of the horizon, the wind and sun reflecting on the water…why do these natural elements have such a poetic charge on human beings?


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, and developing a strong sense of give and take among the members of the company.


Embodiment exercises

We will explore the undulatory component of movement, gesture and action. The undulatory nature of voice, the union of body and voice.

We will put the horizon in the limbs, trunk, body. We will put the horizon in movement, making it the main motor of movement and imagination. We will put the horizon in the diaphragm.

Being exposed to the wind, we will look for patterns of movement that respond to the wind's pattern, its three-dimensionality, its directionality. We will study composed movement sequences based on the alternation between going with the wind and countering it. We will generate new movement sequences based on this alternation.


Other practices will explore the physical, perceptual and dynamic qualities of being in states of balance and off-balance, the material perception of the moving mass of water beneath us and the relationship with the marine animals we encounter.


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


Sensory exercises

Exercises in visual awareness and how sight affects movement, emotion, sound, voice. We will create movement and textural sequences inspired by keeping our eyes on the horizon, on land (more or less nearby), on the moving boat, on the sky, in the blue.


After each exploratory session, there will be a discussion and feedback sessions.


We’ll experience the meaning of a communal way of living and how this way of living and collaborating on board influences our creative life.

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


After the week of sailing, there will be a final 2-day dryland workshop, followed by a public  showing/performance/presentation of the experience with an audience. 



Composition and sharing: 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

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.


Tuesday 18.06 - 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.

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 

Total costs: 

Single cabin: 1290 Euro

Shared cabin: 1150 Euro


includes: boat expenses, fuel, water, food on board, port fees, accommodation on board, accommodation in Athens on 16.06.


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

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