Workshop 01

For all interested in theatre directing

DIRECTING PENTAGRAM – the five basic areas of work when directing a play every director is faced with are:

  1.  Idea, dramatic text, director’s concept
  2.  Selection of cooperators and actors, special individual responsibility and interaction of all in common product
  3.  Leading actors, organising rehearsals, rehearsals and directing dramatic situations
  4.  Stage directing, area of play and props, stage accents: director’s arrangement: central – auxiliar – parallel actions; directing and drammatising light and shadow, and the use of colour on stage, performance rhythm
  5.  presentation of performance, reception by audiences

This workshop offers thoretical and practical insight into vital elements of any theatre directing. Its aim is for candidates to experience and gain understanding of how complex and varied a directing process is, and to present a director’s concept of their own for their possible future projects.

The end of the workshop will be marked by a presenation of candidates’ own director’s concepts, with sketches, models and text, and in dialogue with workshop facilitators and candidates.

Should there be interest, the presentation will also mark the onset of the following step in education and support provided for the people who wish to bring their director’s ideas to life.

The workshop is intended for all interested in realising their own stage ideas and theatre directing.

Maximum number of participants is 15!

Workshop 01


for those interested in acting and acting pedagogy

Every dialogue is about hearing a message – processing it, and replying; it is therefore vital to listen and hear. It always takes two to dialogue. A stage dialogue requires complete confidence in your partner, and the way of acting for ‘the partner to be the king’. As two people on stage are both expected to start from this idea, successful dialogue is bound to come to life. A dialogue is not about taking turns in uttering text, because it only leads to stage dialogue diverging into two separate monologues.

Such relation to a partner will be trained in this workshop.

Uttered sentences come to life only if they result from a subtext of a communication. There is a whole world behind each uttered word.

The level of work will depend on the group. Maximum number of people is 16. It is ideal to work in a group consisting of 8 women and 8 men.

Workshop 01


From misstep to step through the healing power of poetry

Poetry is our contact with our human nature. We find it in our search for ourselves; petry is our contact with our own selves.

Work on poetry strengthens concentration and self-awareness, opening up possibilities for more resolute living in everyday life and more relaxed approach to situations and challenges we are facing.

How to recognise poetry in everyday life? How to find beauty in ourselves? How to notice details?

Learning the culture of reading poetry and dialogue with a verse, we can learn openness and persistance. Thus we will be richer for many details noticed in a poem – recognised in everyay life, which will surely make us richer for others, for relationships and contacts with others. Details require attention, details require time for attention; details need to be described in detail, touched if possible; searched for, words need to be picked and ascribed to details.

A detail is where we should start from, things minute, almost lost, hidden; they should be given importance, moved by our thoughts and transformed into poetry.

This workshop will offer: reading out loud, poetry massage, seach for one’s own verse, noticing details and their use in recognising and ballancing one’s own rhythm, naming and attacking stressful states and situations by verse, etc.

Techniques used in poetry work are always in line with the topic we are dealing with.

Some of the topics seven-minute or onehundredandtwenty-minute treatments are aimed at are STRESS, BURNOUT, CONFLICT, APATHY, DEPRESSION, JEALOUSY, ANGER, etc. In our work we will use poems by Croatian and world poets, originals and translations.

Led by: Nikša Eterović, the author of Pharmacy of Poetry

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