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This LEIMAY Ludus Lab with guest director Mario Biagini from The Workcenter is divided in three different modules: 1) Singing and Organic Behavior, 2) Intentional Action – Spontaneity and Structure, and 3) Physical Training. Modules can be taken separately or together. However early registration and discounts are only open to those who plan on taking all the modules. Registration for individual modules will open on December 6th, 2013.

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 the creation of individual and collective acting scenes, on singing ancient traditional songs, and learn elements of the physical training developed at the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards over the past twenty-seven years. These modules  will allow participants to approach the basic aspects of practical research at the Workcenter, and to discover their own individual and unique approach to creation. Modules will explore the basic but complex constitutive elements of the actor’s craft:

  • Relation: precision / organicity
  • Relation: tradition / individual work
  • Relation: ritual / drama
  • Composed movement and rhythm
  • Singing
  • Vibration of the voice
  • Body resonators and spatial resonance
  • Awareness of space and reacting to its constituent elements
  • Improvisation: the impulses / the vigilant mind
  • Improvisation within a structure
  • Search for a precise line and logic of impulses and physical actions: the score

Please read descriptions for each individual module in this link as you might might be expected to bring or prepare materials for it.

Full Schedule:
Monday through Thursday, 10am to 2pm. January 6 – 9, 13-16, 20-23. Times: 10am to 2pm

Detailed Schedule:
Module One: Singing and Organic Behavior: January 6,7,8,9 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu) 10am to 2pm
Module Two: Intentional Action – Spontaneity and Structure: January 13,14,15,16, (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu) 10am to 2pm
Module Three: Physical Training: January 20,21,22,23 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu) 10am to 2pm

Online registration is required.Payment is due at time of registration.  Space is limited so we encourage you to register early.

Tuition: PRICE: $840 full sessions-three modules / $320 single modules. LEIMAY Members discounts and other discounts valid for online payment only.

Location: CAVE home of LEIMAY, 58 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York | Questions:

Use this 15% off code at check out: MWS14. Discount code apply for early registration only. Offer not valid for single modules. Offer not valid with other discounts.

IMG_9383Mario 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.

To date Mr. Biagini has directed four new performances performed by the Open Program team based on the poetry of Allen Ginsberg: I Am AmericaNot History’s Bones – a Poetry ConcertElectric Party Song, and Electric Party. In addition to his artistic contributions to the Workcenter, Biagini refined his pedagogical skills and knowledge by assisting Jerzy Grotowski in the preparation of lessons and conferences for the Collège de France. He also frequently translated for Grotowski in public meetings and assisted Grotowski in the translation and revision of texts. As a well a recognized director and teacher, Biagini is regularly invited to speak about his work and the Workcenter’s research, and to lead workshops in prestigious schools and artistic institutions across Europe and the United States.

Among other places, Biagini has been a guest teacher or speaker in several countries, among which Italy, France, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Singapore, USA, Tunisia, UK, and in prestigious institutions such as The Lincoln Center (New York, USA); The University of Southern California, (Los Angeles, USA), The New York University (New York, USA); Anne Bogart SITI company (New York, USA); John Jay College (New York, USA); La Sapienza University (Rome, Italy), University of Torino (Torino, Italy), La Sorbonne, (Paris, France), Le Collège de France (Paris, France), The Goldsmiths College, University of London (London, UK), Kent University (Canterbury, UK), and many others.

Online registration is required. Payment is due at time of registration. Early registration is now open for those who plan on taking all the modules. Space is limited so we encourage you to register early. If spaces are available, single module registration will open on December 6th, 2013. Please read click on the terms and conditions link at check out and read it before paying.


Mario Biagini is invited as a guest teacher of the LEIMAY Ludus training envisioned by director Ximena Garnica. LEIMAY Ludus offers a thorough, non-codified and conscious way to train and research the body and voice of dance, theater and performance artists. LEIMAY Ludus does not rely on any one technique, but reinvents itself through constant exchanges with performing artists working on embodied practices. A vital part  of LEIMAY Ludus training has been to embrace the creative practices of other performers and teaching artists. We are honor to have Mario Biagini from The Workcenter joining our first LEIMAY Ludus lab of the year 2014.

Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999), one of the most influential theatre directors of the 20th century, challenged and revolutionized many aspects of the work of theatre actors and directors. His influence ranges from actor training, to the utilization of texts, to the use of space as a dramaturgical devise, and beyond. In 1986 Grotowski founded his Workcenter in Pontedera, Italy, arriving from the United States with a small team of assistants, among whom was Thomas Richards, who was to become Grotowski’s “essential collaborator” and who presently serves as Artistic Director of the Workcenter. Mario Biagini joined the Workcenter in the summer of 1986 and is now the Associate Director, as well as the coordinator of the Open Program. Together with the Focused Research Team led by Richards, the Open Program led by Biagini is one of the two teams currently comprising the Workcenter. Mario Biagini worked closely with Grotowski during the latter’s last 12 years of life, from August 1986 to January 1999.