Creating Transformative Encounters

5 – 12 September 2022 in Tarragona, Spain
– in English, Catalan and Spanish
Organized and ran by La Fábrica de Piedra (Catalonia) & Cantabile 2 (Denmark)  in collaboration with Patí Català Calafell.

Creating Transformative Encounters is a workshop in Participatory and Human Specific Performance open to English-speaking participants from all countries. The workshop is addressed to artists and students within performance, acting, dance, music, visual arts, theatre production, and can very well be used in the process of developing new artistic material. Also therapists, teachers, and others with an interest in close encounters between people, can benefit from this work.

We will explore interactivity, participation and artistic honesty in different settings and create performative, interactive games and rituals between participating audience and performers.

Working individually, in pairs or in small groups, the participants will research an artistic language that speaks directly to the senses and replaces fiction with true here and now presence.

We will investigate many different forms of sincere and non-fictive communication which can activate strong emotional and sensorial responses. The boundaries of artistic intimacy between strangers will be challenged, evoking authentic, receptive and trusting modalities of participation.

Some of the specific themes and exercises will therefore be connected with:

  • The creation of a sensorial universe.
  • Devising and guiding sensorial experiences.
  • The creation of a true personal connection, within a set frame of a performative universe.
  • Exploring borders of emotional and intellectual interaction.
  • Using non-traditional spaces for framing experiences with journey-like structures.
  • Development of personal, biographical material outside of the typical storytelling frames.
  • Development of different forms of open dramaturgies and labyrinth-like performance structures.
  • Creation of small interactive group dramaturgies.
  • Risk taking: the performer in the double role as both
    guide and protagonist.
  • Physical interaction with a participating audience.
  • Creating a non-invasive environment for physical communication.

The teachers:
Nullo Facchini
Maria Stoyanova
Marta Pawlikowska

You can read more about the teachers and the workshop here in our brochure.

If you would like to participate, please write a motivated application including your CV and send it to


The price for the entire workshop is 450 Euro

Once your admission to the workshop is confirmed, you will receive payment information.

For more information and registration

Phone: +34 647 023 172 (Maria) / +34 633 343 115 (Elena)


The accommodation is not included. If you need help to find a place to stay, please mention it as part of your application.


La Fábrica de Piedra is a Contemporary Performing Arts Association based in Segur de Calafell (Tarragona). Created by four founding partners, including María Stoyanova as Artistic Director and Elena Mayoral as Production and Communication Director. Between them, they add more than thirty years of experience in the performing arts, advertising and communication.

La Fabrica de Piedra is a meeting and collaboration space to bring contemporary performing arts, emerging creation and new artistic languages ​​closer to the community.

To give voice to all that is silenced, make the invisible visible and reduce what distances us.

  • Dates
    • 05. September 2022 – 12. September 2022
      La Fábrica de Piedra (Catalonia)
  • Programme


    DAY 1 (September 5th)
    17.00: Welcome & workshop Introduction followed by “Pica Pica”*

    DAYS 2-3 (September 6th, 7th)
    09.30 – 13.00: Morning teaching session (body and mind exercises, basic techniques)

    13.00- 15.00: Lunch break and rest

    15.00-18.30: Afternoon teaching session (exercises and interaction practices)

    18.30 – 20.00: Break

    20.00 – 21.00: Evening session (exercises, interaction practices and talks)

    DAYS 4-6 (September 8th, 9th and 10th)
    09.30 – 13.00: Morning teaching session (warm-up, preparing scenic material)

    13.00- 15.00: Lunch break and rest

    15.00-18.30: Afternoon teaching session (preparing scenic material)

    18.30 – 20.00: Break

    20.00 – 21.00: Evening session (talks and games)

    DAY 7 (September 11th)
    09.30 – 13.00:  Morning rehearsals

    13.00 – 15.00: Lunch break and rest

    15.00 – 18.00: Afternoon rehearsals

    18.00 – 20.00: Break and preparation for public showing

    20.00:  Public Showing and audience feedback session


    DAY 8 (September 12th)
    09.30 Morning teaching session (body and mind exercises)

    12.00 Closing ceremony with diplomas and “Pica Pica”*

    Please do not plan your departure before 15.00 

    *Typical Catalan tapas

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