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NTL Workshops


Easter workshop

a three week workshop on training and actor's dramaturgy,

led by Pierangelo Pompa, in collaboration with the actors and the musicians of Altamira Studio Teater.

16 March - 5 April, at Odin Teatret (Holstebro, Danmark)




The Third Day is a workshop on training and actor's dramaturgy directed by Pierangelo Pompa in collaboration with the actors of Altamira Studio Teater, open for professional and non-professional actors, dancers, directors and theatre students. Altamira Studio Teater is thinking of the workshop also as an occasion for meeting possible collaborators for its future projects.


The workshop focuses on some artisanal principles of stage presence and on the narrative and poetic potentialities of physical and vocal actions.

Physical training will aim at a first level to awake the actor's attention and reactivity, to develop a specific quality of stage presence and to detect a technical language based upon some fundamental principles of the craft:


- Physical actions: The smallest dynamic units of stage behaviour (differences between movement and action, action and impulse; the vocal action as the extension of the physical action).


- Segmentation: The technical process for recognising the physical actions, or "segments", in a scenic sequence or a fragment of daily behaviour. Segmentation will be the premise for working consciously and creatively with composition and relationships, and build a formalised dialogue with partners, music, songs and words.


- Synchronisation of physical and vocal impulses.



These principles will be explored through several improvisation techniques, based on a specific use of the text, of the space, of a prop, of a music, or starting from different kinds of technical tasks.

The participants will be led towards the research of patterns of intentions and associations, which will be structured in formalised scores. These scores will be the base for exploring further levels of the actor's dramaturgy and other principles of variation and improvisation. Various ways of creating and elaborating actor's materials will be explored.


Music will be a fundamental element of the work, both technically and creatively. Any kind of musical instrument or musical proposal is warmly welcome.

The theme of the workshop, coherently with the period of the year, will be Easter and the Christian Holy Week: Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ as related in the traditional Christian texts and iconography, but also in any other artistic or literary source.


The theme can be confronted from a secular or religious perspective, from different narrative, symbolic or iconographic points of view. Each participant will be asked to deal with the theme in a personal way, through the choice of a character visually inspired by traditional Christian iconography, for example a shepherd or Mary Magdalene, Barabbas or Pontius Pilate.


The participants will have to know as much as possible about the history of this character, and bring a costume for it, together with the image that functioned as inspiration. The costume must be very simple but evocative.

Participants will have to bring in addition a short text in their own language (5 lines maximum; perfectly learnt by heart) which they consider connected to their character. The text can come from Christian tradition, but also from other poetic and literature sources.


The characters will be created through physical composition (postures, rhythms, dynamic qualities, etc.), and the use of costumes and props as organic extensions of the actor's body. Each character will unfold its own coherent motivated physical behaviour and ways of relating with other characters and with the space, using narrative, visual, musical, biographical and other kinds of references as inspiration.

The materials developed by the participants will be selected, elaborated and related to each other in the composition of small scenes or "tableaux", underlining the creative tension between the dramaturgy of each single actor and the demands of a wider dramaturgy.


For the daily training comfortable clothes are required. Some working session might be done outdoors, depending on the weather.


During the workshop Altamira Studio Teater will present three of its performances:The River - Dream of a Poet, with a practical demonstration of the creative process for the performance

The World in a Song

Style Exercises - theatrical variations around a sequence of Indian martial arts





PIERANGELO POMPA, born in Italy in 1979.

He has studied theatre history and foreign languages and literature at Rome University, with a thesis in Chinese language and translation, specialising on Mei Lanfang's writings.

He has stayed several months in China and Taiwan, giving workshops and lectures at Beijing Central Academy of Drama and Shanghai Theatre Academy.

He has been assistant director to Eugenio Barba from 2008 to 2014 for 3 different productions. He collaborated for several years with OTA, Odin Teatret Archives.

In 2008 he founded the international group Altamira Studio Teater and has directed all its performances, presented in Italy, Denmark and France. Together with his group, he is presently in residence at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium of Holstebro (Denmark), where in addition to preparing and presenting shows, he develops a wide range of activities in the community, with site-specific performances and particular projects. During Holstebro Festival Week 2014, he directed the opening performance Prologue to the Future, and The Empty Chair - A Ceremony for the Future, a site-specific intercultural ceremony realised in the main church of Holstebro.

He has published articles and translations on theatre magazines, in particular forTeatro e Storia.


ALTAMIRA STUDIO TEATER ( is an international group of theatre creation and research, based in Holstebro (Denmark). It was founded in 2008 by the director Pierangelo Pompa and it has been working since 2010 in residence at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium, producing performances and realising numerous local-based projects.

Between 2010 and 2014 Altamira Studio Teater has created various performances, among which I look at the seaDon GiovanniThe GardenTwelve good words, The Clinic of the Blinded, The Staggering Circus, The River - Dream of a Poet, The World in a Song and etudes like Lost in the Forest and The Last Night.

Beside its performances, Altamira Studio Teater researches in the different fields of theatre culture and its applications within a specific human context, developing a wide range of activities in the community, with site-specific performances and particular projects.

It has developed international pedagogical projects in the field of actor's technique and dramaturgy, in collaboration with various international institutions.






4.000 DKK (about 535 Euro) for the workshop including spartan lodging at Odin Teatret, free access to services (kitchen, laundry and internet), use of working venues and stage equipment. The partcipantas will take part in the daily cleaning of the theatre venues



The fee must be paid by 29 February 2016, once you have received confirmation of selection. A detailed program will follow after this date



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Applications must reach Altamira Studio Teater by 14 February

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