Summer Intensive Program

Summer Intensive Program 2018 at the 
Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards


From June 25th to July 8th, 2017

In 2018, the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards will be holding a new edition of its Summer Intensive Program from June 25th to July 8th 2017. After seven years of successful investigation with artists from around the world, we have the great pleasure to announce the eight edition of the Summer Intensive Program that will be held in our Tuscan countryside home base. Each year a great number of applications are received from which approximately 30 participants are selected to come and embrace this unique opportunity to approach the world of Workcenter performing arts research in an international environment with artists hailing from all over the world.

The Program will provide a profound opportunity for actors, directors, and individuals interested in advancing their practical knowledge of the performing craft. This two-week intensive program will strive to unearth the creative potentialities of each participant through work on the relations between precision and organicity, tradition and individual work, ritual and drama, concentrating as well on directing capacities, montage techniques, dramaturgical elaboration, as well as physical training.

The technical aspects that the Summer Intensive Program will rigorously explore are:

– Creation of the score: its logic, actions, intentions, meaning and content.
– Singing.
– Vibration of the voice.
– Awareness of space and reacting to its constituent elements.
– Improvisation: the impulses / the vigilant mind.
– Improvisation within a structure.
– Composed movement and rhythm.

The Program will be conducted by Thomas Richards, Mario Biagini and Workcenter members.

Fee for participation: 1,200 euros.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email with your C.V. and a motivation letter to: sip@theworkcenter.org

Considered one of the most important and influential theatre practitioners of the 20th century, Jerzy Grotowski revolutionised contemporary theatre in multiple ways. Grotowski changed the way Western theatre practitioners and performance theorists conceive of the audience-actor relationship, theatre staging and the craft of acting. Perhaps best known for his notion of ‘poor theatre,’ Grotowski’s practice extends beyond the confines of conventional theatre assuming a long-term and systematic exploration of the possibilities of the human being in a performance context.

Drawing most significantly on traditional songs of the African diaspora, Grotowski’s latter work deployed performative techniques as an instrument in the work on oneself. Termed Art as Vehicle, this final phase of work culminated in an intense thirteen-year-long research at the Workcenter, during which Grotowski transmitted what he called “the inner aspect of the work,” to his apprentice and colleague, Thomas Richards. Grotowski and Richards, with Mario Biagini in their practical research team since the Workcenter’s beginnings, developed a unique paradigm of performance practice and research, which to this day thrives as a living tradition.