Artistic Team
Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards
Tracing Roads Across is realized by the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, under the leadership of Thomas Richards. The Workcenter is composed of Thomas Richards, artistic director, Mario Biagini, associate director, and the artistic core group – researchers who have all already taken active part in the performative researches at the Workcenter for at least five full years. The Workcenter also includes the project stagiaires – young artists who have been present in the performative research, full time, over the last two and a half years.

Within Tracing Roads Across, the Workcenter team is working on performative structures and developing its research, which follows two lines of investigation, namely on “art as vehicle” and Project The Bridge: Developing Theatre Arts. Within the domain of research on “art as vehicle” there are two performative structures; the opus Action and the “work-in-creation” The Twin: an Action in creation. Within the other line of investigation, Project The Bridge, performative structures are being developed. The first piece created inside Project The Bridge was One Breath Left. Now, a new piece has appeared, Dies Iræ: My Preposterous Theatrum Interioris Show.

The daily research at the Workcenter has the following schedule: six days a week, normally eight to ten hours a day. The members of the team are selected from among numerous candidates, many of whom are actors. The work does not leave time to have an outside job, and the Workcenter generally does not have the means to pay and house the newly arrived members. Since the minimum duration of permanence at the Workcenter is one year, the participants should have the money to support themselves during their time of work. Selections take place at the interval of one, two years or more.

Thomas Richards, therefore, works with a team whose composition can vary on the long term. An intense practice of apprenticeship is thus necessary which allows to integrate the new persons in complex performative structures, and to continue always to deepen these structures. The individuals, the particular members of the group are bringing their different potentialities.

All members of the Workcenter team, beside the creative and practical work, assist in different areas – organizational, administrational, and technical, according to the necessities of the moment and of the current project.