19.10.-20.10.2019 (Saturday and Sunday)
“Andrey Nikolov” House-Museum at the National Gallery
str. “Lyuben Karavelov” 15

Participants: 10
To apply please fill in the application form (HERE) and send it to
Deadline: 16.10.2019
Working language: English
Participation fee: 30 BGN
The participants are required to attend both days.

Pre-Expressivity and Scenic Presence by The Counter Institute (TCI) is an advanced training course for performers (actors and dancers) to develop the most fundamental physical and vocal techniques of the performer.

The workshop is a practical introduction to TCI’s way of training, which is a result of our instructor, Vahid’s study of the work of the twentieth century theatre reformers such as Stanislavski, Craig, Grotowski, Augusto Boal and Odin Teatret. It is both the technical aspect of the craft as well as their artistic, ethical and cultural vision that link the heritage of these masters to the work of TCI.

The point of departure in this workshop is the notion of pre-expressivity developed by Eugenio Barba at ISTA (International School of Theater Anthropology.) Pre-expressivity is the central point of Theatre Anthropology that studies the scenic behavior of the performer in an organized performance situation. It scrutinizes the recurring principles of performer’s extra-daily techniques, which are common in all genres and styles.

The daily practical work at Pre-Expressivity and Scenic Presence workshop consists of: learning vocal and physical exercises; creating materials and sequences of action; making montage and improvisation.


  • All participants must fully memorize a short text, preferably in their own mother tongue.
  • Participants are asked to bring comfortable training clothing.
  • The training involves heavy physical exercises.
  • The working language is English but it does not exclude other languages.
  • A maximum number of 10 participants are admitted.
  • The participants should be punctual and attend the workshop full time. Latecomers will not be admitted. Missing a session may effect the continuation of participation.