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Get to participate in summer art workshops in Slovenia

Amateo, Arts Take Part is offering 3 grants to support the costs of attendance at the International summer theatre and film workshops: This year Izola is once more in Koper / Izola je letos spet v Kopru in the picturesque Slovenian coastal city of Koper. 

We will provide the following: a participation fee and a full board accommodation at the Student house Koper (Dijaški in študentski dom Koper) for the entire duration of the workshops.

Amateo will also reimburse up to 300 EUR of travel costs per participant.

Please send an email to briefly explaining your wishes to join the programme.


Koper/Capodistira, Slovenia different venues, 16–21 August 2021

All the workshops will be held in English (basic English language skills are needed).

The workshops run at the same time – participants can only attend one (selected) workshop.

The organizer reserves the right to change the program of the workshop or regroup participants to different workshop in case the selected workshop is already full or due to any other reason for a canceled workshops.



In the workshops we will explore the basic acting apparatus/toolkit, consisting of speech, body and imagination. The workshop is designed as a set of practical exercises and concrete examples for the participants to act in. They will have to solve the tasks set for them and look for creative solutions.

II. THE POETICS OF FILM – Film photography workshop (Gaja Naja Rojec, Slovenia)

Film is a complex medium. Its toolbox for expressive potential is intertwining an extremely wide range of knowledge and skills. At the workshop, we will learn the basics of film language, film thinking and means of expression in filmmaking. We will cover all the stages of the process of creating a film from idea to execution.

III. FREE YOUR MIND AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW! – Improvisation and physical theatre (Pim Griens, Netherlands)

We’re going to work on opening up – show yourself, draw the attention to yourself, focus on the other, on the surroundings, don’t think as you, think like your character would. First we’re going to lose ‘the masks’ that we’re always wearing as a person in order to ‘put them back on’ so we can play the characters we like. “Dare to show yourself” I would add to that now. For if you’re truly free on stage, without worries about whatever, you will be a far better actor than you’ve been before. Don’t try to shine, don’t try to act, just do it …

IV. DRAMA, TIME AND PLACE – Site specific theater (Maja Sviben, Croatia)

Most often, drama happens in buildings designed for this particular purpose, i.e. in theatres. But the history and evolution of theatre is full of genres and styles that were performed in the streets or on public squares where fiction merged with the reality of everyday life. In this workshop, we will also step out of the theatre. We will be looking for the unseen borders of Koper. We will move our theatrical creation from the controlled conditions inside a theatre hall into the real and unpredictable spaces of the streets and squares of Koper and we will use these as a starting point for drama situations.


The best tool we have as actors is our imagination. Everybody has it. Our imagination is usually pushed aside when we are thinking about improvisation and words take its place. In this workshop we will dive into our deepest subconscious. Fears, happiness and joy will rise from there. Let yourself jump into the unknown. Workshop without words. Experiences from the past and your imagination will lead you to a great understanding that words are not the only way to communicate.

VI. PHYSICAL THEATRE (Kimmo Tähtivirta, Finland)

The main goal of this workshop is to explore all kinds of physical manners and habits of human beings. In this workshop participants will think about non-verbal actions and how they can show everything on stage without a real spoken language. We will start for example by creating characters from animals, elements and visual images. Of course, we will do basic pantomime, because theatre is magic and through pantomime you can show everything. In this workshop we will also use some stage fighting to learn the rhythm of reactions. There is always an action and re-action. The main question is how to both react to another actor and show it precisely to the audience.

VII. FRAMING REALITY – HUMAN TOUCH (Márton Debreczeni, Hungary)

I invite you for a project, where we use the spaces of the city as a set, stage for actions, where our everyday reality merges with fiction and imagination. For me, the everyday reality, the streets, cafes, apartments, the spaces we commonly created for living, filled with people may be the most inspiring movie/theatre to watch. Our aim is to find possible ways to hack it, when taking a walk. We will play with the possibilities of real staged actions, GPS triggered contents, video shorts, multi-layered audio scape, photo spheres with hidden codes and messages, and use the simplest tools possible: our mobile device, headphones, and of course our bodies attention, and imagination.


After establishing a strong ensemble, we will devise a piece of immersive theatre based on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. We will explore what it means to be a performer and an audience member, and we will experiment with blurring these lines. We will focus on how we want our audience members to feel at different points in the story and we will use the tools we have as performers to create dynamic characters and contrasting atmospheres. We will create a unique piece of theatre that gives audience members the opportunity to create their own story by choosing which characters they follow (literally) throughout the performance.

IX. THE CRAFT OF FILM ACTING (Urban Kuntarič, Slovenia)

»Camera loves her/him«, »less is more«, and »eyes are everything« are just some of the myths in film acting that we will debunk in this workshop. Acting in a film involves a lot of craft skills and knowledge, meaning everyone can learn it. We will explore the differences between stage and film acting. How to act natural and how to be convincing for different types of screens? What changes with different frames? How to stay interesting to the camera eye and how will the editing affect the acting in the final result? The workshop will try to give answers to all this questions and give the participants the toolbox to overcame the camera shyness and give their everything on set.

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