Performer Training

Performer Training
July 30 – August 11

The Acrobatics of the Heart intensive offers a holistic approach to acting with the body as a source, initiated by Jerzy Grotowski in the 1960’s and further developed by Stephen Wangh. The workshop is open to students who are new to this work as well as those with extensive prior experience.

Over the twelve days, participants will study or review the physical training and apply this work to text. The training will be crafted and suited to each student’s needs. There will be 9 hours of training per day, ensemble meals, open work sessions and evening work sessions in which participants and teachers may train together.

Practices include:

  • Grotowski’s physical exercises: "Corporels" and "Plastiques"
  • Breath and voice work
  • Image work
  • Presence work
  • Impulse-channeling: "I Am One Who"
  • Scene-work rooted in physical work

Seminar to include such topics as:

  • Processing specific observations/experiences generated in the daily training
  • Balancing effort and non-effort, safety and risk, profundity and fun
  • How one can integrate this body-based work into both experimental and traditional performance
  • How this work connects and/or contrasts from other kinds of training, or from other modalities of presence-cultivation (meditation)
  • How this work can be used to help in generating devised work



The 2017 workshop is taking place at Earthdance, an artist-run center located in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts. It features: 125 acres of land, on-site accommodations, delicious meals, open and beautiful studio spaces, a wood-fired sauna, swimming pond and hiking trails.

Food and Accommodations

All meals are included in the workshop tuition and prepared by Earthdance’s Chef and Kitchen Staff. The primarily vegetarian menu will be made whenever possible from local and organic sources, including produce from their own very large garden. Food allergies and specialty diets can be accommodated.

Dormitory-style shared group accommodations are included in the tuition. For students who would like a more private sleeping space there are optional camping grounds.

Participants will be asked to assist with meal clean-up in rotation (2-3 times per week) and a one-hour space clean each week.


$2,000 for the full twelve-days of training, food and lodging.
$2,600 when combined with the five-day Pedagogy Training.

Special early bird discount: 10% discount for all applications fully paid before May 1st.

Payment plans can be arranged.

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