Mente collettiva


23. - 29. Jun 2018




Teatro Nest
Via Bernardino Martirano 14
80146 Napoli, Italy

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entrata libera

Napoli Teatro Festival Italia Gitiesse Artisti Riuniti
Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium


Collectiv Mind

Napoli - June 2018

Masterclass for 25 directors, actors, playwriters, set designers
Directed by Eugenio Barba, Lorenzo Gleijeses and Julia Varley.

Witnessing this process, the participants are introduced to the intimacy of a delicate, elusive and at times repetitive way of working and conceiving. A particular kind of self-discipline, quality of observation and concentration are required from the observers in order to support the actors, the director and the other collaborators. This is the only way to prevent the rehearsals from becoming trivialised and perturbed by a foreign unconcerned presence.

During the rehearsals, new narrative threads emerge, mingle and get lost. At the same time the "collective mind" - the people involved in the process - tries to deepen and elaborate the materials already developed. It proposes new technical solutions and attempts to guess where these materials can lead, which new stories they trigger and which end would be the most appropriate for them.

In theatre, we can speak of a "collective mind" when an ensemble of motivated people is engaged in a creative process which doesn't aim at realising an already clearly defined project. A "collective mind" integrates different specialisations, various degrees of experience and diverse responsibilities in an assembling process similar to that which happens in the individual mind in the course of invention: sudden changes of direction, detours, exploitation of serendipitous effects, leaps from one level of organisation to another (pre-expressive level, organic dramaturgy, narrative dramaturgy, shaping of the space, musical universe, etc.). The "collective mind" operates with the same amount of energy in programming as in knowing how to demolish its own programmes.