Gustavo Frigerio (ITA) is an actor, teacher and director of theater and opera. He has created numerous shows where different disciplines come together. His work has been presented in international festivals and theaters throughout Europe. He studied dance (contact improvisation with Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson and Cunningham technique), theater with Grotowski, Schechner Richard, Peter Brook, voice work (Linklater Technique, Zigmunt Molik) and body consciousness (tai-chi-chuan, yoga and Ideokinesis).
Taught at: Theaterschool – Amsterdam; Studio to Porto – Rotterdam; Drama School Paolo Grassi – Milano; Mouson Turm – Frankfurt; Theatre des Arts – Paris; Plesni Teater – Ljubljana; Theatres des for Performing Arts – Lima; De Bewegung, Antwerp; Ecole des Tentureries – Lausanne.
Graduated in Literature and Philosophy in 1979 with a thesis on Richard Schechner’s Performance Group. In those years he attended seminars with Gerzy Grotowski and Richard Cieslak in Venice and Milan and at New York comes into contact with the contact imrovisation of Steve Paxton.
Dopo la laurea si trasferisce a Roma dove comincia a lavorare con la Cooperativa Spaziozero. Prosegue così la sua formazione con Steve Paxton, con gli attori di Peter Brook, con i danzatori di Merce Cunnigham e inizia il suo lungo apprendistato all’arte del tai chi chuan.
Is in this context that produces his first shows: Smell the leather, (1983), inspired by the work of the painter Francis Bacon and Woyzeck (1985), by Büchner, Ideas wakes naked, (1988, inspired from Radical Radio), with which he realizes important tour in France, Belgium and Holland.
Works and collaborations:
Thanks to the collaboration with the french theaters that makes his direction lirical opera: Pour Octave (1988, also presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris), musical brainchild of Claire Renard; Curlew River, by B.Britten (1993, at the Theatre of Caen); With Canto, by Claire Renard (1995, Theatre de St. Quentin); The confession impudique, by Bernard Cavanna (Paris, 2001); for which also produces the scenography.
Also Frankfurt and Teater um Turm become an important tip reference for the production of shows in cooperation with Elettra de Salvo and the work Eight songs for a mad king, of Peter Maxwell Davies, for Kammer Oper Frankfurt (1994).
In Italy new jobs are produced in collaboration with the Center for Production of Inteatro Polverigi: I do not have hands that caress my face, inspired by the “Diary of a Country Priest” of Bernanos and photos of Mario Giacomelli (1991, International Festival of Polverigi); Where hesitate the image of the world (1992, Teatro de la Bastille – Paris De Singel – Antwerp Festival Taormina Arte), a reflection on terrorism from the text of Antigone; At my victims, from “Songs of Maldoror” (1996 International Festival of Polverigi) solo-performance.
In recent years his work focuses in Lausanne where he teaches regularly at Les Teintureries Ecole de Theatre and prepares students: Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, presented in Polverigi, in Lausanne and at the Festival “On n’arrete pas le theater , Paris, 2011; Strange Interlude, by Eugene O’Neil, Lausanne, 2013.
He also collaborates with the Society Crochet à Nuages in the shows: The Silence, Natalie Sarraute, directed by Armand Deladoey (Sierre, Lausanne, Geneva), 2010; Dans la solitude des champs de coton, Koltès, directed by Armand Deladoye, Lausanne and tour in Switzerland, 2012-2013.
More recently directed: Orimita, lyric opera of Claire Renard, Opera de Reims, 2013; Theatre de la Bastille, Paris, 2014, for which he also created the scenography.In 2017 he participated with Armand Deladoey in the Grange25 = Art + Unil Festival, in Lausanne, with the Nexum performance starting from the essay by Marcel Mauss “The gift”.
In 2018 he took part in the show on Pontius Pilate by Roger Caillois, under the direction of Xavier Marchand, at the Bobigny theater, Paris and still on tour in France.
Recently he produced two solos: Ersilia from Pirandello and “Vestire gli Ignudi”
from Hervé Guibert’s diaries.
Title of the voice and movement workshop: “the power of the voice”
My research on the relationship between sound and body, between movement and vocal emission is focused on the discovery of the vibration of the internal spaces of the body, on the connection with the skeleton and muscles and on free vocalization during movement.
In a first phase of individual contact with the energy center through the breath and stabilization of posture and points of support for the emission of sound, the connection between internal vibration and emotions is explored with the aim of removing blockages and to achieve maximum spontaneity of voice and movement.
In a second phase of collective exploration of the circulation of sound in space and in the group, directionality and exchange are explored through improvisation with the aim of activating collective energy.
At this point the whole body vibrates, participates and rejoices in the act of vocal emission.
It is a work of body and voice on energy, on spontaneity, on listening, on the connection of skeleton and muscles and on the freedom to act in a global way.
In the past years, during the Jams I have observed that often the mind and the body find themselves in the situation of responding to the various stimuli in more or less the same way and being in a “comfort zone” with difficulty going further and experimenting with new ideas and new answers to the stimuli during the improvisation.
In this workshop, through exercises and games, we will explore various bodily, technical, spatial, emotional and sensory approaches to be able to get out of our habits and mental patterns towards greater freedom, creativity and rediscovery of ourselves through the renewed possibilities of moving, communicating , by re-knowing and re-exploring oneself through contact improvisation.
Laboratorio di TANTSU con Claudio Jalesh Petrassi
Tantsu combines the benefits of two ancient oriental therapies, Tantra and Shiatsu, with breathing techniques and with a deep listening to the body and its vital needs.
It is a global, gentle massage that stretches the muscles, massages the organs and strengthens the circulation of vital energy, restoring well-being, quiet, and true joy.
Tantsu brings back to earth the nutritive containment and movement associated with the breathing of watsu (water shiatsu), this practice gives the opportunity to enter into a shared meditation, through the dance that takes place between the body, the breath and the soul between who gives and who receives
Claudio Jalesh Petrassi