Contemporary Performance Practices Workshop with SITI Company & Sasha Waltz

Monday - Friday


CPP 2021 edition will be virtual. Each week, training sessions will take place online via Zoom 5 days a week, starting at 9.30AM (US Eastern) / 3.30PM (Central European time) and continuing into late afternoons – 2PM US Eastern / 8PM CET. In addition to these sessions, which all registered participants are expected to attend, we will program ancillary activities that will be announced at a later date, and will be open to all participants. Exact schedule will be announced to registered participants in June 2021.

Ellen Lauren of SITI Company (New York, USA) will lead VIEWPOINTS + SUZUKI TRAINING​

​Week 2: Monday 19 July – Friday 23 July

SITI Company is renowned for its unique approach to theater training, based upon a symbiotic pairing of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the practice of Viewpoints. While the trainings are distinct from one another and are taught as such, they share hallmarks that include collaboration, rigor and addressing the meeting point where the individual encounters the ensemble. The influences on both these trainings range from classical Greek theater to post modernism. Together they offer an alternative to current practices in actor training that focus primarily on psychological and emotional approaches. The trainings are not intended to dictate a stylistic approach, rather they serve as a foundation for any avenue an artist wishes to pursue creatively. 

Online training is specifically designed to challenge first time practitioners as well as experienced artists. The training is shared using physical demonstrations, graphics, and individual guidance. This intensive will take advantage of what distance learning does best by adapting to serve participants in their own space while celebrating the act of training together across distance. 

CLAUDIA DE SERPA SOARES of Sasha Waltz & Guests (Berlin, Germany)


​Week 1: Monday 12 July – Friday 16 July

THE BODY – what an amazing and complex moving organism. My course will center on the body, each individual body and also the collective body.  

​As a starting point, I will refer to the piece “Körper” from the German choreographer Sasha Waltz, piece that I co-created and performed over the last 20 years. 

​We will look into our bodies closely, our skin, our bones, our muscles, our organs, our systems, and our feelings… We will look into different ways of moving our body, different energies, different pathways, different impulses and states. We will look at our bodies and the bodies of the others. And we will create ephemeral sculptures and explore body/architecture relationships. 

​We will give voice to our bodies and we will listen to our bodies. Our bodies have been challenged and invaded in the last pandemic months. 

​Our bodies’ freedom has been questioned. I feel the need to address and to let our bodies talk about these realities too.