This LEIMAY Ludus Lab is open to actors, dancers, body rooted performers or anybody interested in exploring the elements of the actor’s craft. Within the whole duration of this LEIMAY Ludus Lab taught by guest director Mario Biagini, participants will explore fundamental elements of the actor’s craft such as organicity, relation, contact, impulse, intention, action and reaction, the relation between process and form, and strive towards an understanding of the difference between movement and action. Under the direction and guidance of Biagini, participants will work on singing traditional songs from the South of United States and exploring elements of the physical training developed at the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards over the past twenty-seven years.
The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards is active within the structure of Fondazione Pontedera Teatro
Dates: June 28th – 30th, 10am – 2pm
Price: $240 full course / $95 single class
Pre-registration is required
Members’ discounts and other discounts valid for online payment only
Mario Biagini: Associate Director of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Mario Biagini has been a central contributor to practical research in the domain of Art as Vehicle for more than twenty years. Working in the team led by Thomas Richards, Biagini quickly became a key member of the Workcenter practical research. He was a doer in Downstairs Action and a principal doer in Action, a performative opus created by Richards that underwent continuous development from 1994 to 2009. Beginning relatively early in his residency at the Workcenter, Biagini was entrusted by Grotowski with artisanal and pedagogical responsibilities that lead him in 1987 to direct a working team at the Workcenter in which he worked not only as principal actor but also as director. Biagini’s role as director/actor further articulated itself in the framework of Project The Bridge: Developing Theatre Arts (1999 to 2006), a branch of the Workcenter research for which Biagini exercised primary creative and pedagogical responsibilities. He was the primary director of One Breath Left, in which he also acted, and subsequently of Dies Iræ: The Preposterous Theatrum Interioris Show, for which he also created the textual montage and performed the lead male role. At the Workcenter in 2007, he began the supervision of the newly formed Open Program, continuing the investigative thrust of Project The Bridge in its exploration of publicly accessible performances that keep alive within themselves aspects of the subtle interior process characteristic of Art as Vehicle.