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OBRA WORKSHOP

OBRA RESIDENCY 2023 11TH - 16TH SEPTEMBER
LED BY KATE HANNAH PAPI AND OLIVIERO PAPI
AU BRANA CENTRE, FRANCE


OBRA propose an immersion into the company’s rigorous and innovative approach to theatre training and making. OBRA’s practice engages in a dialogue between the physical life of the actor and language in performance and the relationship between individual artist and the ensemble in collective creation.

Founder members Kate and Oliviero will lead participants through the technical training and base principles for performance practice upon which the company’s work is founded. OBRA investigate how language can stimulate and generate action, and how physical life and external stimulus can be a springboard for language. For this session OBRA will propose texts from a variety of sources and guide participants in writing original language. The group will experience how these different texts and training tools can create and shape performance material for individuals and the ensemble.



OBRA’s practice enables the performer to work in a highly sensitive state of listening and simultaneity, bringing together precise physical and vocal technique and performance elements. OBRA ‘s approach embraces the complexity of the performance moment and seeks to use the difficulty of satisfying simultaneous tasks and spheres of attention to enable a flow state in the performer, one which can be sustained over a long duration.

The workshop invites participants to develop their personal practice and capacity to embody language, and offers a range of approaches to apply these skills to devising and performance. The work is rigorous, precise and demanding, led by a generous and supportive pedagogical team.

OBRA’s training is open to artists from all disciplines and performance backgrounds and does not require you to have a high level of physical fitness or training (you don’t have to be an athlete) as the proposed training allows each participant to develop from their current level.


The cost of the session is €400 which includes accommodation and food. All meals will be prepared on site by the participants, working on a roster system and aided by the Au Brana team, with all produce sourced in the local farmer’s markets. Participants will need to fill in an application form and pay a €100 deposit by 1st June to secure a place.

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and need to arrive on the 25th June and depart the 1st July. More detailed information for booking travel is provided upon receipt of application.


Please return your completed application form and send any questions to Oliviero at; centreaubrana@gmail.com


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