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NWPL Performance Ecology Workshops in Italy 2009

Performance Ecology is a field of research conducted by Jairo Cuesta and James Slowiak that investigates the interdependence of a variety of stimuli available to the actor.  Cuesta and Slowiak have organized aspects of their respective research into a flow of detailed exercises (individual and collective), songs, dances, texts, and creative work that serve to reclaim the performer’s vital forces and capacity for contact.

Performance Ecology is an exploratory structure that serves to develop the actor’s physical, emotional and imaginative resources. New World Performance Lab members lead participants through the intensive program (which usually lasts from three days to ten days) in an attempt to rediscover the urge to act.  As the participant struggles to remember, to reveal, to accomplish, and to create, he/she fights for mastery of the body and voice, vitality and purpose.  Participants express themselves in patterns of voice and movement whose tension, composition, and energy uncover a unique and untamed power and precision.  Performance Ecology seeks to liberate the dormant energy and creative impulses in the participant/performer—in solitude or in company, with the space and with the partner.

The residential work sessions in Performance Ecology are designed around the rudimentary performative elements concerning one's humanness and relationship with the physical world.


Performance Ecology involves creative training in the basic elements of the actor's craft:  physical exercises, voice work, attention and perception, precision and flow, seeing, listening, meeting, and the montage of physical actions.  The work with songs from the Shaker culture and other traditions, exercises in coordination, individual actions, structured improvisation, dramaturgy, montage, and the acting tools often culminates in a Rendering that provides the opportunity for each participant to engage in the dynamics of performance.

Performance Ecology is more than a workshop; it is a performance event that encourages the task of creating culture--hands on.  Cuesta and Slowiak have fashioned a structural tool that builds community and compassion while exploring the participant's individuality, creativity, and cultural dignity.


I.      Performance Ecology XX:  Personal Technique and the Work of the Actor  May 20-24. Laboratorium Teatro.  Roma.    For more information:

II.   Performance Ecology:  Time and Presence. The environment as creative stimulus to the actor. Cenci Casa Laboratorio.  (Residential).  Umbria. May 29-June 2.  For more information:   

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