The project took place in Palermo, Italy. The venue was connected to an old church and the project mainly took place in the open-air area. The central activity of this training course was staging a theatre performance on the topic of the Antigone myth – an ancient Greek classic.
During the week we discussed the myth, exploring different viewpoints and interpretations, and living into the theatrical self expression. A lot of the participants were somehow previously connected to performing arts and theatre, which boosted the whole experience, and contributed to a professional atmosphere. We also discovered main ways of movement on stage, and were encouraged to demonstrate our creativity in situation-tasks.
On the last day, we presented the 15-minute performance to a live audience. It was well received, and even the priest from the neighbouring church came to see our Antigone theatre piece. I believe the weeklong performance noise had evoked his interest. After the performance, we had a discussion with the audience, where we received feedback, and the participants could share their thoughts and kind words. It was a magnificent experience and it was clear that Valerio had put a lot of effort into this training course.