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ISTA XV, in Albino, Italy, 7-17 April 2016. “The Actor’s Know-How. Personal Paths, Techniques and Visions”

Organised by Odin Teatret, in collaboration with the Cultural Association Diaforà and Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo

Parvathy Baul (India)
I Wayan Bawa (Bali)
Keiin Yoshimura and So Sugiura (Japan)
Teatro tascabile di Bergamo (Italy)
Odin Teatret (Denmark)

The 15th session of ISTA – The International School of Theatre Anthropology -will take place in Albino (Italy) during the period 7-17 April 2016. Its theme is: The Actor’s Know-How: Personal Paths, Techniques and Visions. 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. In the 15th 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.