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Theatre and the Body

Theatre and The Body is a 4-session workshop which explores the relationship between the human body and theatrical practice. Theatre is by constitution a space of encounter, bringing together actors and spectators and connecting their thoughts and feelings through multiple languages. This encounter requires a meeting at the threshold: between individuals, but also between real people and fictional characters, utterance and bodily expression, verbal and non-verbal communication. Yet, how do movements and non-verbal interaction, feelings and sensations of actors and audiences shape the theatrical experience, and how are they shaped by it in turn?

The aim of this workshop is to explore through practice how the embodied nature of theatre can build a sense of community and social integration and develop bridges of communication between diverse groups of people. We will explore the liminal condition which enables theatrical encounters to happen and some of the thresholds that the theatrical experience allows us, often imperceptibly, to cross. Each session will approach the relationship between the body and theatrical practice through four different themes:   

Language Affects - Trust -  Absence 

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Each session will begin with a 10-minute introduction of the session’s theme. Then, the actor and director Ludovico Nolfi will guide the participants to experience the theme through embodied practice and theatrical exercises. All sessions will take place at  UCD campus, room AA1, Ardmore Annexe, Belfield, Dublin 4.

The Organisers

  • Serena Laiena (, IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

  • Katerina Pavlidi (, IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of English, Drama, Film

  • Valeria Taddei (, IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

This workshop is funded by the UCD College of Arts and Humanities [] and the Thresholds of Knowledge research group []. 

It is also supported by the IRC-funded project ‘Imaginative Literature and Social Trust, 1990-2025’ [], the School of English, Drama, Film, and the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics.

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