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Mario Biagini
Associate Director of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards

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

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-eight 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***

Online registration is required. Payment is due at time of registration. Space is limited so we encourage you to register early. LEIMAY Members discounts and other discounts valid for online payment only.


Mario Biagini, Associate Director of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, 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 led 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 with the Open Program team four events based on the poetry of Allen Ginsberg; I Am America, Not History’s Bones – a Poetry Concert, Electric Party Song, and Electric Party, and a new creation, The Hidden Sayings, based on traditional songs from the South of the United States and texts related to early Christianity, mainly translated from Coptic texts, and coming from the region embracing Egypt, the Middle East, and Greece.

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); University of Southern California, (Los Angeles, USA), 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.

The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards is active within the structure of Fondazione Pontedera Teatro.

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 LEIMAY Ludus Labs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.