16th ISTA Session | The Actor’s Scenic And Social Presence

The 16th session of ISTA – The International School of Theatre Anthropology – will take place in Greccio (Italy) during the period 5-15 August 2020. It is directed by Eugenio Barba and its theme is: ‘The Actor’s Scenic and Social Presence.’ The session is organised by Linee Libere in collaboration with Odin Teatret.


Parvathy Baul (India)  
I Wayan Bawa, I Wayan Gede Purnama Gita, I Made Yamadinata, I Nyoman Maniko Pasugi Nantha(Bali)  
Keiin Yoshimura and So Sugiura (Japan)  
Yalan Lin (Taiwan)
Alessandro Rigoletti, Caterina Scotti, Tiziana Barbiero (Teatro tascabile di Bergamo, Italy)
Eugenio Barba, Roberta Carreri, Julia Varley, Luis Alonso, Carolina Pizarro, Elena Floris (Odin Teatret, Denmark)
Ana Woolf (Argentina) 
Piergiorgio Giacché (Italy)

“Masters from different theatre and dance traditions, in collaboration with Eugenio Barba, will introduce the participants to the pre-expressive level of their styles, i.e. the level of scenic presence. The technical principles which govern the craft of an actor/dancer are never present in a pure state, but always appear in the guise of a style. When the guises belong to styles and traditions which are foreign to us, there is the danger that these principles can remain hidden from us because of the strangeness of the form which contains them. When the guises are familiar to us, it is this very familiarity which weakens our attention.

An actor/dancer’s first days of apprenticeship are decisive. It is on this threshold that the principles of scenic presence meet. The scenic presence is the base on which actors and dancers build the relationship with the spectators and consequently a social presence.    

In the 16th session of ISTA, theatre and dance masters from different traditions will go through the first steps of their apprenticeship. In the course of the day they will exemplify, through demonstrations and practical work, how they learned and personalised their specific technique. The participants will have the opportunity to experience the “first day” while becoming aware of the principles which give life to the physical/mental know-how of an actor/dancer. During the demonstrations and the biographical talks, the participants will encounter the transcultural paths of the social presence of the actor/dancer masters.

The anthropologist Piergiorgio Giacché will follow the preparation and realisation of the 16th session of ISTA with a fieldwork to examine the influence of the scenic and social presence of the ISTA masters. His research will be shared with the participants and organisers.

Pratical info:

Period: 5-15 August 2020, Greccio (Rieti), Italy 
Working language: English
Fee: 1.150 (one thousand one hundred and fifty) Euros, inclusive board and lodging in shared rooms. For those accepted, the fee must be paid not later than 25 March 2020  
Deadline for application: 28 February 2020. 
Apply to: Irene Di Lelio, Linee Libere, lineelibere2015@gmail.com
Information:  Irene Di Lelio, Linee Libere, lineelibere2015@gmail.com 

Answers to applications will be given not later than 10 March 2020

Application Open

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