Online Workshops (Summer 2020)


Introduction to Online Workshops


Dear All,

while will not offer its annual summer school in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic,  I hope that our online workshops offer you some interesting alternatives. Our online workshops allow you to connect with the school from the comfort of your own home without having to travel from abroad, since many of you can’t even do that at present time due to still existing travel restrictions. 

Have a look at our different proposals listed below, to see whether there is something interesting for you on the menu. Some workshops are offered twice in different weeks and at a different time, so you can pick the workshop of your choice at a time best suited for the time zone you live in. Other workshops are only offered once, so make sure you don’t miss them in case you would like to participate.  

And should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Enjoy, and we hope to meet you one day soon in person.

With best wishes,

Thomas Prattki

Founder and Director, ITR Centre for Devised Theatre and Performance gGmbH

Workshop Details

03.08.20 – 19.09.20



– led by Ariel Gutierrez

10 – 14 August 2020 (evenings 17:00 – 19:00) / or / (NEW) 07 – 11 September 2020 (mornings 10:30-12:30)

(CET Berlin time)

Workshop Price 90€

This workshop invites participants to explore their own artistic “manifesto” and to reflect on the challenges creators/performers/artists face at the beginning of the 21st century.

It is intended for any person with an interest in artistic practices (theater, performance, film, dance, writing, painting, photography, etc…)

The work will revolve around a set of basic questions.

– What are your artistic visions and how can you turn them into performative material?
– How can we develop artistic autonomy and create a sustainable artistic practice?
– What can we learn from ‘do it yourself’ cultures?
– What does “being creative” mean nowadays?

At the beginning of the 20th century, the avant-garde movement, imbued with the spirit of the new age, fascinated by the technological innovations and the social and political revolutions of the time, decided to break with the academic legacy and canon that existed since the Renaissance and started to investigate and explore new paths in terms of aesthetics and critical discourses. And the way to share their findings and experimental creative processes was through the use of manifestos.

In addition to exploring some of the most significant manifestoes in the world of performance, participants are invited to write their own manifesto and investigate its scenic possibilities. We will explore the notion of “embodiment” as a key element in the process of developing original work. All participants are invited to make links between movement and emotion, life and art, the physical body and the poetic body. Moreover, we will work on basic aspects of composition and “montage”

The sessions will be a mix of discussion work, some movement exercises and individual work, conducted via online video meetings. During each session, there will be some time dedicated to see individual work for those who wish to share.

As an integral part of the workshop, each participant will have an optional personal feedback session (if interested) and the possibility of a follow up meeting after the completion of the workshop. In addition, all participants will receive reading material and bibliographical references in order to complement the artistic praxis.

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Originally from Buenos Aires, Ariel Gutierrez has a background in international politics, Literature and Performing Arts.
He studied at the Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in 1996 and participated in Jerzy Grotowski ‘s seminar on Theatre anthropology at College de France. He has also trained at Odin Teatret in Denmark with Eugenio Barba.

An active collaborator with companies in the US, Europe and Latin America for more than 15 years, he also holds a PhD in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Miami with an emphasis on Performance. His dissertation “Scenic Landscapes: The theater in the global city” explores the relation between globalization, theater and non-conventional performance spaces. He founded the company Teatro al sur in Long Beach, California and has been an active member of Sportivo Teatral in Buenos Aires under the direction of Ricardo Bartis.

He has been a guest artist advisor at BAD (Beyond Art Disciplines) in Stockholm, Sweden in 2020 and currently collaborates actively with Nordisk Teater Laboratorium and Ikarus project. Ariel has been invited to multiple theater festivals and symposiums in Europe and Latin America (FIT de Cadiz, Montevideo, GETEA Buenos Aires, Olomouc, Czech Republic, Institut de Teatre, Barcelona, University of Miami, Universidade de Uberlandia, Brasil, University of Long Beach, California) and published numerous articles on theater, performance and training in academic journals and theater magazines in United States, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina and Spain. His research about Psychogeography and Performance will be published in 2020 in Cambridge University Press.

In 2011, he joined LISPA where he completed the Advanced Devising Practice program as well as the pedagogical training. He has been a member of Arthaus Berlin since its foundation. He teaches movement, theatrical improvisation and Performance theory. Moreover, he supervises graduate students ‘s thesis projects in universities in UK, USA, Sweden and Latin America.

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The Artist and Story: Exploring Autonomy in the Creative Process

The Artist and Story: Exploring Autonomy in the Creative Process

– online course led by Cat Gerrard, with Lionel Ménard and Adi Weinberg

03 – 15 August 2020 (mornings) / or / 17 – 29 August 2020 (evenings)

Workshop Price 150€

Early Bird Price (booked before 17 July) : 135€

Maximum 15 participants

This workshop offers a practice-based lab space to explore a story of your choice and to investigate your own artistic autonomy in a mentored environment. Each day will begin with a warm-up by Gaga-teacher Adi Weinberg and continue to explore a new theme of embodied research which you will explore with your own story. Themes will include: the Poetic Body – the movements in and of a story, sitting with an image; Characters, Types and Archetypes – approaching, researching and embodying those close to and far from you; Writing – deepening the connection to and tuning your own “voice”. Through these themes we will address the different aspects of the individual creator: the performer, the writer and the director. We will explore how we can embody every role in the artistic process to deepen our autonomy, whether we plan to work solo or with others, in a specific role or taking on all roles ourselves.
The story you choose can be something you are already working with or would like to work
Sessions will be a mix of guided work, group discussion, individual tasks and one-on-one mentoring time with Cat and Lionel (2 x 30 min sessions with each). One week after the workshop you can digitally submit your project to the team and receive feedback on it. There will be a dedicated, private online forum available for you to document and share your processes and experiences. There will also be supporting material – reading, watching, listening – available in advance of the workshop.
This workshop is suitable for all who work with story in any way – performers, directors, writers, dramaturgs, musicians, visual artists. Participants should be interested in exploring an embodied approach to their process and should be ready to work on their story, towards a sharing. Max 15 participants per course.

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Course 1 Structure: 

(All times are CET Berlin time)

Week 1: 10 hours contact time and time for you to work independently on your story/project.

Monday 3rd – Friday 7th August, 10:00-12:00 – online sessions

Week 2: Independent research time, mentoring sessions, project submission and a group closure. 

You can choose how you would like to spread your 5 mentoring sessions during this week – between the Wednesday/Thursday slots and/or after submission for final feedback. 

Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th August – 10:00-13:00 – one-on-one mentoring slots

Friday 14th August 12:00 – submission deadline for your work

Saturday 15th August – 10:00-12:00 – group closure

Following this there will be the possibility for final one-on-one mentoring sessions/feedback from the facilitators within a week of submission of material.


Course 2 Structure:

Week 1: 10 hours contact time and time for you to work independently on your story/project.

Monday 17th – Friday 21st August, 18:00-20:00 – online sessions

Week 2: Independent research time, mentoring sessions, project submission and a group closure. 

You can choose how you would like to spread your 5 mentoring sessions during this week – between the Wednesday/Thursday slots and/or after submission for final feedback. 

Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th August – 18:00-21:00 – one-on-one mentoring slots

Friday 28th August 20:00 – submission deadline for your work

Saturday 29th August – 18:00-20:00 – group closure

Following this there will be the possibility for final one-on-one mentoring sessions/feedback from the facilitators within a week of submission of material.


CAT GERRARD is a storyteller, performance-maker and teacher from London, based in Berlin. She trained at Drama Studio London and later at LISPA (now Arthaus Berlin), where she has been part of the core teaching team since 2016.
Cat’s teaching always puts the body and stories at the centre of the process. Key questions that run through her teaching include: What stories do we need now? How can we sit with images and have an embodied dialogue with stories? What is the work of being an artist? Cat works closely with Arropaineko Arragua in the Basque Country, investigating these questions through an annual residency with Arthaus Berlin graduates culminating in the Terraza festival and through workshops. She has collaborated with Adi Weinberg on a number of different workshops, both on- and off-line.
Cat has toured Europe with solo work and with various storytelling, puppetry and physical theatre companies and ensembles, including Theatre Témoin, Pandvani 108 and Uluak Teatro. Current productions include Somewhere, Maybe Here with Lionel Menard. Cat is artistic director of storytelling company TailSpin, which held monthly and annual storytelling events in London between 2010 and 2015. TailSpin provided a space for those working with stories to investigate the edges of what storytelling might be. The company is currently taking some time to lie fallow before it emerges again in Berlin in 2021.
LIONEL MÉNARD is a director, writer, teacher and creator of strong images. He trained with Marcel Marceau and spent ten years working together with his company before joining the company of Philippe Genty. He has worked with many artists over the years, including: the Arditi Quartet; Philippe Glass; with Michael Jackson and Marcel Marceau preparing “Childhood” for HBO; as a choreographer for Jean Paul Goude and Lea Seydoux; Bodecker Neander; Alexander and Wolfram; François Morel. He is a frequent collaborator with the Luxembourg Philharmonic and with Bartek Ostapczuk in Poland.

Lionel has taught many workshops in many places. He has been a regular guest teacher at
Arthaus Berlin since 2018. The point common to all these meetings is that they make Lionel travel to all four corners of the earth. The piece of which he is most proud, however, was performed only once and did not depart its four walls – this was the directing of “La Volière” at the Fresnes Penitentiary Centre for long-term prisoners.
ADI WEINBERG is a dancer, choreographer and Gaga teacher (the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, artistic director and choreographer of the Batsheva Dance Company). She has been building the Gaga/people community in Poland over the last 3 years, teaching Gaga and other workshops in Warsaw, Lublin and at various other events and festivals across Europe and Israel. In this last period she has been teaching several workshops online, including for the Instytut Teatralny in Warsaw.
She graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the Haifa Program for Professional Dancers and did an apprenticeship in Vertigo Dance Company. As a contemporary dancer she performed at many festivals around the world. She has worked with choreographers and institutions, such as: Andrea Costanzo Martini, Nadar Rosano, Efrat Rubin, Rachel Erdos, Noa Zuk, Aviv Eveguy, Shimrit Golan, Yuval Goldstein, Sharon Vaisvaser, Deganit Shemi, Michael Miller, Fresco Dance Company, the Israeli Opera and the Polish National Opera.
Since 2014, she developed as a choreographer and performed her creations at various platforms and festivals, including Machol Shalem International Dance week, Tel Aviv Dance festival at Suzanne Dellal, MAAT festival, MSTT festival, KRoki festival and more. In 2017 she was awarded with a grant from Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts for developing her choreography. Additionally, she is a Shiatsu therapist, Ayurveda-Seed masseur and a Pilates instructor.

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Decoding Movement and Rhythm

Decoding Movement and Rhythm – led by Valentina Bordenave and Patrick Soul

A vigorous, physical and refreshing journey for performers, actors, dancers and other practitioners interested in experiencing the huge potential of movement and rhythm in theatre

14 – 18 September 2020 – five online sessions

17:00 – 18:30 (CET Berlin time)

Workshop price 60€

Tuning our self-perception through Alexander Technique, we can deeply connect to the natural energy that spirals through our body. How do we interfere with our ability to move? Can we catch ourselves hiding behind our habits? Reconnecting with our psychophysical entity in a state of refined awareness, we can approach movement through dance, rhythm, body percussion, voice and music. 

The invitation is to experience ourselves as an infinite source of gentle strength and powerful softness, redefining and enjoying how we relate to the space around us, to our fantasy and to music.

Working on our coordination, perception and playfulness, we will create sequences of movement and sound which come from and are informed by our own bodies moving in space. The online workshop will include led movement and rhythm work – you will need space to move (about 2 x 2 meters), and you won’t need to be looking at your screen the whole time. Outside of the workshop hours, we encourage you to practice and rehearse the movements and rhythms explored during the sessions. If you would  like to make the most of our time together online, you could take an extra time everyday (up to 30 minutes) to practice some movement sequences, rhythms or songs which we’ll explore in the workshop.

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Valentina Bordenave has been a freelance dancer, choreographer and certified Alexander Technique teacher from Argentina based in Berlin. She graduated in dance from the Folkwang University, Germany, where she could dive into the dance-theatre world of Pina Bausch. In her more than 20 years experience as a movement teacher, mostly for actors, Valentina has been developing her own research with strong focus on the body support system, spatial / energetic awareness, intense physicality and utmost sensitivity. Using the Alexander technique as a springboard, she spread in her classes the joy of exploring physical potential through dance and improvisation. She named her work UNFOLD Technique, which includes energetic and integrated movement training in groups and individual sessions, and began training teachers in 2019.

She’s a long years collaborator of the theatre company Familie Flöz  which who she teaches regularly. Others pedagogical experiences besides training theatre and dance companies like Sasha Waltz & Guest, include the Acting Departments in Berlin at Ernst Busch University and ten years at the University of Arts (UDK). Valentina has been creating works since an early age individually or collectively with dancers, directors and video artists such as: Familie Flöz, Uli M. Schüppel, Mikel Aristegui, Julie Beauvais, and Iván Marino.
During her studies, she founded the dance collective „Giraffen am Hafen”, won the first prize at the International Choreography Competition in Cagliari, Italy and performed at numerous festivals in Europe and Argentina. For her solo “El Borde Celeste” she received the scholarship of the “Fondo Nacional de las Artes” Argentina. In 2014 she founded the international Collective ANDERPLATZ with nine other actors and dancers, where she directed and performed the piece „Detached”.  Her last solo „Entre otros, Muak” had premiere in 2019.

In developing her movements and visual language, she understands dance as a poetic and concrete reality that has the power to invoke more dimensions in the alchemical space-time of the present.

She leads sessions on coordination and awareness in movement, movement improvisation and Alexander Technique at

Patrick Soul is a multi-instrumentalist with over 25 years of experience both performing and writing in many different styles of music.

He has a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and sang for seven years with the London Vocal Project, performing with them at London’s most famous jazz clubs, as well as at the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican. Since 2008 Patrick has been encouraging and assisting theatre students at / LISPA to playfully explore and expand the musical possibilities available to them, individually and in the group, through mindful listening, rhythm games and improvisation. In 2019 he also completed the Integral Movement and Performance Praxis (IMPP) postgraduate program at arthaus/Thomas Prattki Centre.
Patrick composes electronic and acoustic music, with a particular interest in the layering of patterns, additive and subtractive process music, free improvisation and instant composition.

He currently leads sessions on body-based rhythm, musicality and group vocal improvisation at

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Calendar of workshops

To apply for any of the workshops, please use the booking form which you can download directly here (PDF / Word), or