Towards an Open Choir

The workshop will give participants the opportunity to get in touch with the singing approach specifically developed by the Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. The participants will then have the possibility to put into practice their understanding of such an approach, and the elements of work learned during the workshop in the context of a public Open Choir that will complete the program.

During the workshop, participants will be taught songs from the African-American and Afro-Hispanic tradition, which form the basis of the research of Open Program, as well as Middle-Eastern songs. Furthermore, the participants will explore ways to interact through singing, dance, and simple elements of relation and action within the context of a singing session.

There will be, as well, sessions of physical training and physical training-games which are an integral part of the Open Program practice.

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Thanks to the kind support of the Spaces of Culture Project Consortium.

Mario Biagini

Mario Biagini, the associate director of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards has more than 30 years of experience in the use and exploration of song as a tool of research in the performative field. In addition to his artistic contributions to the Workcenter, Biagini refined his pedagogical skills and knowledge by assisting Jerzy Grotowski in the preparation of lessons and conferences for the Collège de France. As a well-recognized director and teacher, Biagini is regularly invited to speak about his work and the Workcenter’s research, and to lead workshops in prestigious schools and artistic institutions across the world.


Date of Workshop

September 3 – 7, 2018


3 September

Arrival to Tiyatro Medresesi
Lunch for participants who arrive until 14:00 (between 13:00 – 14:00)
First meeting and practice at 17:00

4 – 6 September

Practice: 10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 18:00

6 September

20:00: The Open Choir

7 September

Breakfast  and leaving from the Madrasa


The workshop is open to professionals in the area of performing arts, including theater, dance and singing, as well as people who, even without having previous professional experience, wish to explore the possibilities of the artistic practice as an enrichment for themselves.

Thank you for your interest in the workshops at the Tiyatro Medresesi. We will be glad to work with you together. We hope that you will be part of the peaceful atmosphere during your stay in the Medrese and live in harmony with other guest participants.

We will send you a detailed letter later but we want to briefly inform you about the life at Medrese; living and working spaces of the Medrese.
It is very easy to arrive here. It takes only an hour from İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport. What is hard for our guests is to leave from Medrese.

The climate is hot at Şirince in summer as it is everywhere. One cannot stay under sun. But the corridors of the Medrese are cool like air-conditioned, though there is none. Nights are cooler. It usually do not rain till September. We guess it won’t rain this summer too.

We serve a healthy diet at Medrese. Our menu consists of lots of olive oil dishes and vegetables. If we have meat on the menu, we cook on a seperate pot, considering the vegans and vegetarians.

We have lots of unique rooms and dormitories. Please check out our page about our rooms and dormitories, in order to have more info and pick the right room for yourself.

Hope to see you at the Medrese…