Workshops 2018

THE ORGANIC ACTOR see details / close

directed by Katharina Seyferth

  • august 14 - 20

Katharina Seyferth


A practical exploration of body, voice and mouvement for actors, performers, acting students and individuals interested in the actor's craft.

Through a series of precisely structured elements, which demand total psychophysical engagement, participants can discover forgotten parts of their nature, beyond deliberation: their organic energy, their personal rhythm, their memories, the flow of their inner living pulsations and their natural voice.

The workshop targets the release of physical, psychological and social conditioning, in favour of authenticity. It provides the oppurtunity to focus solely on physical and vocal activities, as a passage from habitual everyday life conduct to an individualized and creative work-proces.

The basic elements are :

  • Activating and channeling energy
  • Release of body - and voice blockades
  • Tempo - Rhythm
  • Precision and spontaneity in movement
  • Respiration
  • Vibration of the voice,
  • Elaboration of a precise stucture in an individual action.


The physical work develops :

  • Presence
  • Suppleness, lightness
  • Perception
  • Concentration / awareness
  • Inner and outer attention,
  • Consciousness of space, movement and energy

The vocal work :

  • Reinforces the respiratory muscles
  • Softens the diaphragm
  • Develops natural breathing
  • Explores the interaction between breath, voice and movement.

Photos: Maria Celeste Talliani

The individual action:

Parallel to the everyday group work the participants will have the opportunity to create a short individual action and to structure it, with the help of the workshop leader, so it can be repeated. All group members will witness the actions at the end of the work period.


Project : Meetings with remarkable women
Grotowski Institute, summer 2009
Photos workshop, july 19 to 23 : Maria Celeste Talliani
Photos special day with guests and Rooms : Francesco Galli


8 h per day inside and outside / maximum 14 participants / TESTIMONIES

Katharina Seyferth

worked since 1972 in German TV and Film productions as actress.
1976 she was guest-auditor at Lee Strassberg’s Actor Studio and took actors-classes with Uta Hagen in NY at the HB-Studio. After working with Ryszard Cieslak in New York at the Manhattan Theater Project she went 1977 to the Theater Laboratory in Poland to participate in Jacek Zmyslowski’s Mountain Project. She was invited to join the Laboratory’s international group and worked as a member of the leading team in Vigil and the trans-cultural project Theater of Sources, directed by Jerzy Grotowski.

As artistic director of the association Hic et Nunc in Munich, she conceived, realized and presented different solo and group performances with texts of Gertrud Stein and Rainer Maria Rilke.

Her work as teacher took her to Switzerland, Austria, Ireland and Turkey and Poland.

In 1996 she settled down in Gascony, France where she has built up the facilities at Las Téoulères.

In 2000 the International Center for theatrical research and Training was founded. She continued her activities as a teacher and organizer of the centers activities.

Since 2005 she works regulary as teacher in the professional training for actors of the Théâtre 2 l’acte in Toulouse. She creates the solo performance of Gertrud Stein’s text “Tender Buttons” in French, which she is performing in Las Téoulères and in Toulouse. She founds the Company K. and initiates the "Promenade Théâtral".

In 2006 she takes part as actress in the production of Thomas Bernhards Dramolettes under the direction of Isabelle Luchioni.

2009 (declared by the UNESCO as year of Grotowski) she is part of the project « Meetings with remarkables women » at the Grotowski Institute in Poland. At this occasion she leads a five day workshop for a group of 17 international participants and she presents her performance « Rooms » from « Tender Buttons » by Gertrude Stein in English.

2011 she develops and presents the performance "Time Travel" at the Théâtre 2l'acte in Toulouse. Realisation with 16 students of the professional training programm "Vers un acteur pluriel"

2012 she directs a workshop in Lypn and at the festival INFANT in Novi Sad, Serbia. At the Rilke Festival in Sierre, Switzerland she presents the text "Notes on the melody of things"

In 2014 she works with the actors of the hungarian national theater in Timisoar and directs a masterclass in Kelebija, Serbia.


RESEARCH LABORATORY see details / close
  • mai 29 - june 12

Katharina Seyferth

The RESEARCH LABORATORY is open to people who have worked with Katharina in the past and who would like to continue and go further.

One part of the time will be dedicated to simple manual tasks in Las Teouleres. The other part to the elements of "Organic Presence" as well as to the structuring of individual and group improvisations.

There is no additional fee to the lodging and food.

For more information contact us

THE SPIRIT OF CHANT see details / close

directed by Maud Robart

  • july 20 - 24
  • july 27 - august 02

Katharina Seyferth

For the ancient Africans the original nature of art was the celebration of life.

The goal of Maud Robart’s research is to refresh this intimate and vital experience through an appropriate approach to ritual chants and movements drawn from a voodoo-afro-Haitian repertory.

These traditional patterns can have an effect on the sensitivity and the perceptive capacities of the participants soliciting thereby the spontaneity of everyone.

The spontaneity in question here is not of theatrical nature. Nourished by the motivation, the history and the life force of everyone it is personal and committed.

The experience arises from listening, adapting oneself to others and the space, through the attention given to the melodic and rhythmic precision of these chants as well as to the finest inner perceptions of the singer.

This organic relation between the precision and the spontaneity encourages the artist to abandon himself in confidence to the lively force of chants.

Maud Robart was born in Haiti.  There She commits herself to an exploration-process of Afro-Haitian voodoo chants.

In 1974 she co-founds the artistic movement Saint Soleil.

In 1977 she participates with 30 people from this group at the world theater-festival of Nancy in France.

From 1977 to 1993 she collaborates as artistic specialist with Jerzy Grotowski in the context of study programs on the traditional forms of theater as well as on dramatic rituals in Haiti, Poland, the United States and Italy.

In 1987 and 1988 she receives the Lavoisier Grant for her research in the theatrical field.

Since 1994 Maud Robart leads workshops in different countries of Europe and America.

At the dawn of a new world the traditional chant remains a privileged assistant in Maud Robart’s exploration. Her approach asks for a pertinent way to apply these original technics.

To shed light on their finality for sharing the universal values with which they are connected is, according to her, a means to contribute effectively to the improvement of modern culture.

To register please go to the page Registration
or contact the association FILI D'ERBA: ( Juri Barone ).


Masterclass directed by Ryszard Nieoczym

  • september 14 - 23

Katharina Seyferth

This project is founded on and a continuation of our previous work in Canada called Theatre Apprentice, which was an Ensemble collaboration by Actor’s Laboratorium / Toronto and le contre-courant / Quebec City. The On The River project invites actors from Canada and Europe to join for 10 to 12 days of Master Classes in Theatre & Performance. As in the past we invite performers to come with projects they want to develop, either as solo performance pieces, or develop audition texts (we will focus here on how to prepare for auditions, and self presentation), or to work on specific texts and / or songs; we invite seasoned performers as well as theatre apprentices who wish to train within an Ensemble context; all training is intense and is conducted in Ensemble context and follows the Soundings format, an in - depth exploration of body, voice, rhythms, songs and texts and scene studies. By coming to France participants are forced to leave their homes, the habits of daily life and enter into an Immersion into an intense work / play process of the performer’s craft. Major focus is on performance within the Ensemble context. Participants can work in the language of their choice. An outline of the training program and the daily work / play schedule and the fee structure is available upon request.
The Training Process: To go forward, one must first go back. Training to develop craft is the constant repetition of meeting, confronting and overcoming oneself: laziness, automatisms in actions, false reliance on habits and techniques; a return to sources. Craft is not a linear process. It is cyclic. The work/play on craft and oneself is a continual process and is never a finished product. It is not to search for perfection but for wholeness and the ability to balance the polarities and extremes uncovered within the creative act.
The Theatre & Performance Soundings project is circumscribed by the environment - in this case the rural conditions of Las Teouleres (see the physical location on the website listed below); the work /play involves creating and/or invoking the Eco-rhythm determined by the context at Las Teouleres: The Atlantic ocean: swimming, doing nothing - ; the open fields, the animals; day and night; sun and moon: all the elements of nature.

The professional experience of Mr. Nieoczym, his great intuition, his ability to uncover the depths of the human soul, which pulsates behind each human mask, allows each participant to make a significant step along their individual artistic path.

Ryszard Nieoczym is founder & co-artistic director with Dawn Obokata of LeTHAL / Le Theatre de L’Homme Actor’s Laboratorium a theatre research and performance centre Toronto Canada. He has directed over 50 professional theatre productions in Europe, Canada and the USA. He is a former student and a collaborator of Grotowski in both his theatrical and Para theatrical work. As a playwright, has written over 40 plays which have all been produced. As an actor his one man show Hasid was in repertoire for over 15 years and toured in Europe and Canada in many Festivals. His artistic vision is the creation of Imaginal Theatre rooted in mythic sources; and the focus of his work is theatre research and the deepening of the actor’s craft, which he calls Soundings. He is developing a network of artistic collaborators between Europe and Canada based on theatre research projects. Current Soundings take place in Athens Thessaloniki Iraklion Crete Berlin Graz Zagreb Novi Sad Stuttgart / Tubingen Ludwigsburg Brussel, Amsterdam Quebec City Montreal and Buck Lake.
In association with MadDam, an independent theatre group based in Athens and other independent groups in Canada and Europe, he developed a major international project entitled Ancient Mirrors /Modern Voices, a series of one woman shows based on the archetypal figures of Medusa, Kassandra, Psyche and Eros, Pandora and Pasiphae which were performed in Athens and Thessaloniki. He is currently organizing a major project in association with Compagnie Achtli in Brussel involving Canada, Europe and Mexico, with the working title "Archetypes of love lust Eros & War" a multi- lingual and multicultural performance.

For further details or inscription we invite you to contact Ryszard Nieoczym: