Theater Olympics 2023 and Barba Varley Foundation

In collaboration with Sinum Theatre Laboratory


17th session Pécsvárad-Budapest (Hungary), 7-21 May 2023 pre-expressivity – composition – montage

whith Eugenio Barba and Keiin Yoshimura and So Sugiura (Japan) Parvathy Baul (India) I Wayan Bawa (Bali) Yalan Lin (Taiwan) Alício Amaral, Juliana Pardo (Cia. Mundu Rodá, Brasile) Alessandro Rigoletti, Caterina Scotti (Teatro tascabile di Bergamo, Italia) Julia Varley (Odin Teatret, Danimarca) Ana Woolf (Argentina)

and for the performance Anastasis/Resurrezione (Theatrum Mundi) Annada Prasanna Pattanaik (musician, India) Lorenzo Gleijeses and Manolo Muoio (actors, Italia) Mirto Baliani (composer, Italia) Stefano di Buduo (digital scenography, Germania)

ISTA/NG staff:

Francesco Galli (photographer, Italia)
Francesca Romana Rietti (scholar, Italia)
Leonardo Mancini (scholar, Italia)
Claudio Coloberti (videomaker, Italia)
Rina Skeel (organisation/design, Argentina)

The session will conclude the 20 maggio at the National Theatre of Budapest with the performance Anastasis/Resurrezione devised and directed by Eugenio Barba and performed by the artists of dell’ISTA/NG and by the participants

Masters from different theatre and dance traditions, in collaboration with Eugenio Barba, will introduce the participants to the pre-expressive principles that guide the creativity of their performing forms. he technical principles which underlie 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. Actors/dancers, like all artists, express theircreativity through forms, rhythms and tensions in a succession of compositions whosemontage develops scenes of sensorial, associative, conceptual andesthetical effectiveness.

During the 17th session of ISTA/NG, theatre and dance masters from different traditionswill share practically their specific composition and montage techniques. The participants will have the opportunity to experience on their body the physical/mental know-how of actors/dancers of different traditions. This process, which includes the artists’ demonstrations and biographical talks, will allow the participants to experience and compare principles and strategies that contribute to the final montage of aperformance.

Central for the participants will be the application of these principles in themontage by Eugenio Barba for Anastasis/Resurrezione,, performancee programmed at the National Theatre of Budapest in the frame of the Theatre Olympics.

The session starts in Pécsvárad with arrival, presentation and opening the7 of may;daily work 8-15 may from 07:00 am to 10:00 pm; session closing 16 of may; transfer to Budapest 17 of may; rehearsals of Anastasis/Resurrezione18-19 may; performance the 20 of may;departure 21 of may.

Period: 7-21 may 2023, Pécsvárad and Budapest, Ungheria

Working language: English

Fee: 500 (five hundred) Euros, inclusive food and lodging in shared rooms in Pécsvárad and Budapest, transfer by bus from Pécsvárad to Budapest.

●Deadline for appliyng: 15 novembre 2022

●Information: [email protected]


The 17th session of ISTA/NG continues an activity developed by Odin Teatret in which artistic creation and pedagogical practice merge with research. This fertile and intermediary zone corresponds to what is called applied research in natural sciences. In art, and particularly in theatre, pure research corresponds to the pursuit of basic principles. The method consists in going back to the origins of one’s professional identity, asking apparently obvious and naïve questions and, e, ancora una volta, nel partire dal primo giorno per analizzare nuovamente l’esperienza acquisita.

Both pure research as well as applied research imply the development of a milieu which enables us to have a practical approach and test the effectiveness of the technical principles of actors/dancers of different genres and traditions. This interdisciplinary and international milieu is based on a comparative orientation. It combines theory and history, practice and creative reflection in an approach which aims at the expansion of a pragmatic knowledge appliable at an individual level. Fundamental in the immersive experience at ISTA/NG is its environment: the contact between different generations, the meetings and exchanges in the free time, the transmission through the practice of different techniques and the understanding of personal and collective research that creates a community of young theatre/dance artists, scholars, theorists and teachers with ample experience.

L’ISTA/NG, international school of theatre anthropology/new generation is part of “sharing knowledge” project of the Fondazione Barba Varley.

The project includes the open access and paper version of JTA – Journal of Theatre Anthropology; open access to a series of films on the principles of Theatre Anthropology; the theoretical, didactic and artistic activity of the LIVING ARCHIVE FLOATING ISLANDS dedicated to Eugenio Barba, Odin Teatret and Third Theatre.

The project is developed in collaboration with the ITINERANT CENTRES of the Fondazione Barba Varley in Italy, Germany, Spain, Romania, Argentina, Greece, and Colombia. For further information: