"THE POETIC BODY" - Physical Theatre Intermediate Level Course

Theatre Delicatessen - Deli Studios, London, London, United Kingdom

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 19:00 to Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 22:00

In This Course you will discover and recover a sense of possibility and transformation within your body.

Students will be invited to “enter into the form”, observing and investigating Reality to embody movement.

Embodiment will enlighten a new dimension of poetical movement where you’ll find gestures and movements that are not explanatory or formal but truthful and poetic.

You will discover unity between your body and the realm of reality. Freedom can be found in observing and understanding the dynamic of natural movement, sounds, shapes and gesture, and finding that all the “movements of the world” are already written in your body. You will be able to start an awakening process to let the poetical possibilities to unfold.

Essential in this process of learning, it will be for you to identify what interests you. Where do you look, what do you see, what are you searching for?

Our training is an invitation to be critical and creative, and to build great autonomy in your practice. We will facilitate your process of discovery and recovery, by challenging your creativity to find new possibilities.

Students will be asked to confront their own sense of perceptiveness and response, to invite their body to transform and adapt. We will lead a body training to build symmetry, economy, neutrality and transparency. This will allow you to improve your techniques and movement skills.

Analysis of movements, improvisation, ensemble work and devising theatre will be the core of this Course.

Modules of this course:


Action mime provides a basis for analyzing the physical actions of humans. It consists in reproducing a physical action as closely as possible, with no transposition, miming the object, the obstacle, the resistance. Avoiding physiological explanation, we research the economy of physical action. This work will be essential for a performer who wants to discover the dynamic of movement and is interested in the Theatre of Gesture.


We will analyze animal movements and behaviour, investigating how they stand, eat, hunt, what drives them, how fast, how slow they move. This work will be essential to build characters and human attitudes. Rather than an encounter between the performer and his character, we will create a relationship which is always a triangular: the animal, the character, and the performer.


We will move from silence into sound, rhythm and musicality of motion. You will explore rhythm through the body, and musicality through the voice. You will have the opportunity to deepen your individual access to the world of rhythm and voice. Your discoveries will be applied to the process of devising theatre, creating storytelling and exploring dramatic and narrative territories just using your voice, musicality and rhythm.


Duration of the course: 11th of October – 12th of December. 10 weeks Course.

3 hours weekly class. Every Thursday from 7pm to 10pm. At Theatre Deli in Liverpool Street.

Early bird tickets – Booking before the 25th of August:  £195

Cost of the course:  £240

Course is lead by Monika Gravagno

Monika Gravagno is a Performing Artist. She has been trained at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in Jacques Lecoq’s Pedagogy and Devising Techniques. She works as a Teacher and Coach, specifically in devising projects, leading and helping artists during their creative process.

United Kingdom
Theatre Delicatessen - Deli Studios, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PA