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3 October, 2011  → 8 October, 2011 - Florence, TUSCANY

The Journey of the Poetic Body

Exploring the fundamentals of Helikos Pedagogy




Giovanni Fusetti
and Helikos Pedagogic Staff



This workshop is primarily addressed to students who are in the process of applying for the three year training at Helikos or are interested in experiencing the pedagogic approach of the Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale HELIKOS.

Priority will be given to students who have formally applied for the school, and who wish to enroll im the First Year starting October 2011.
Any remaining spot in the workshop will be offered to students interested just in the core elements of Giovanni' Fusetti's work and the Pedagogy of Helikos school.

This workshop aims to explore some of the fundamentals steps of the journey proposed by the school, in order to give an overview of Helikos pedagogic vision.

Day 1: Action, Reaction and Play
Day 2: Red Nose Clown
Day 3: Neutral Mask
Day 4: Theatre Masks
Day 5: Playing with Theatrical Forms

First, the work will lead the students to explore the simple presence of the body in space and the dynamic of "le jeu". 
Through movement analysis and movement technique ,each actor will discover the ways in which every human body is unique. This will lead to the discovery of the individual Clown, through the analysis of the physical and emotional world of each actor, as revealed by her or his body and core movement. The use of the smallest mask in the world, the Red Nose, and the amplification and articulation of personal themes, allow the actor to enter the Clown State.
After realizing the unique "comic persona" of every body,  the Neutral Mask will lead the actor towards a state of physical presence, calm and openness to space.  There is a web of "non-neutral attitudes" and physical and emotional "background noises" within each person's movement and physical presence.   If observed through the reference of the Neutral State, this web appears like paintings/markings on a white sheet. They are “dramatic” in the etymological sense of the word. They contain a drama: an action. The Neutral Mask teaches the actor ot unfold any "individual physical drama" to reach a state of pure presence in space, in the silence of the present moment. It’s the base for all theatre masks. 
After developing the actor's awareness of the Neutral State, the workshop will explore some of the infinite possibilities of creating characters, based on variations from neutrality, including the exploration of highly theatrical characters, using Full Masks and Half Masks. The focus will be on exploring how each character's development is rooted in its imbalance from neutrality.






The workshop will start on October  3rd will end on  October 7th.
Each day includes 6 hours of Master Classes.
Classes take place each day from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Master Classes include:
Movement Analysis and Movement Technique





This workshop will be a basic training on the foundations of Helikos  pedagogic work.
It’s not an audition of each student's skills as a performer, but of the skills as a learner and a group member, as well as the level of attunement with the work proposed by the school.

Helikos school engages the students and the teachers for a very long period of work together, in the mutual commitment of an intense pedagogic relationship. For this reason, before the final admission to the school, Giovanni Fusetti as the director of the school, wants to meet each applicant in person, in a training context similar to the context of the school.
This will allow both parties to verify if they can and want to work together.

On Saturday October 8th, Giovanni will present Helikos, and the journey proposed by the school. Then he will have an individual session with each of the applying student, to discuss about their admission to Helikos.


Tutition for students who have applied to Helikos: 300 Euros
General Tuition: 350 Euros

Please note that tuition does not include accommodation and that participants will be responsible for organizing their staying in Florence.

To apply for the workshop, please send a CV and a letter of motivation to :



The workshop will be taught  in English. A basic understanding is required.

The training will happen in Helikos studio.

Via Della Chiesa 36-rosso

Tel: +39-339-4986375


For further information about the content of the workshop and for applications
please contact:

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