This is the first workshop conducted by Teatro de los Sentidos in a series of three, which will culminate in a dramaturgical sensorial construction at the end of the season.
How does the actor work with the "imaginary" in sensorial theater? What does it mean to inhabit that dimension?
This workshop aims at exploring an itinerary of the body inhabiting its poetics spaces, and at working on the imagery and symbolism of shelters (a hut, a nest, a hideout) and the poetic experience of inhabiting.
The 3-day workshop is composed of physical exercises and games of perception.
Using poetic games, the activation of an "imaginary", and the awakening of the senses and the individual collective resonances, we will understand where we are exactly. Hence, our awareness about the potential of intimate spaces will be expanded.
The participants will explore the feeling of the body in different positions and in resonance to different materials. They will learn how to render meaning to small spaces and to work on the imaginary of that intimate dimension: From the body into the space.
In the theatrical language of Teatro de los Sentidos, the actors begin their work by building a "bridge" towards an imaginary space that they will gradually "inhabit".
Inhabiting a space, as opposed to “acting”, means that the actor is not presenting a character or a story, but rather allowing the audience member or "traveler" to fully enter with their body and mind into an "imaginary". A space, which triggers a series of personal and cultural associations through sensorial immersion.
Rather than seeking a commanding "presence", as one generally does on stage, an "inhabitant" seeks to become a shadow, a guide, a facilitator for the "travelers” in a personal journey with their own memories and feelings.
This research seeks to stimulate imagination and memory. The "inhabitant" becomes then a fragment of the dream, which they themselves animate.
In the G. Bachelard's classic Poetics of Space, the quality of inhabiting is linked to the memory of the space, the dreams it evokes and its symbolism. The second workshop explores this theme in depth.
Patricia Menichelli is an Italian designer, performer, director and also the Artistic Coordinator of the School of the Senses.
In 2002, Eva Pérez joined Teatro de los Sentidos as a co-creator and inhabitant of their installation-performances, as well as an instructor of the company’s educational platform including a Master’s degree in collaboration with the University of Girona.
The three workshops constitute an integrative body of work. Hence, participation in at least one of the first workshops is mandatory in order to take part in the final workshop.
Participation in all three workshops grants a discount of 2000,-. Students from KADK and DDSKS can participate free of charge.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' Schools of Visual Art
The Ministry of Culture Denmark