Summer courses
for kids
Easter
and summer
courses
for adults

Every year during the summer weeks, the Accademia Teatro Dimitri offers courses for children and teens, designed and created by professional actors with extensive experience in the field. Through many diverse performing arts disciplines, such as theatre, dance, singing, rhythm, clowning, and juggling, the young actors come to discover the world of theatre and circus in the unique and quite magical setting of the “World of Dimitri” in Verscio.

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When young people of all ages learn to get on stage and “get in character”, the work contributes to the harmonious growth and development of their identities, through activities full of sensorial and relational stimuli, as well as fun. Development of motor skills, perception of space, a sense of rhythm and musicality, concentration, knowledge, and self-confidence: all of these skills are stimulated through theatrical activities.

The children participating in the courses may take advantage of a free entry to the shows of the Teatro Dimitri, while parents can buy tickets with a 20% discount.
Important: The individual participant will personally be responsible for their food and lodging. Children are under adult supervision only during the hours of the course: it is therefore necessary that they are otherwise accompanied by a responsible person.

Nr. 1 Clown, mime and theatre

20.24.07.2020

Come and discover theatre and the world of the clown? Through various exercises with apparatuses, ropes, hats, and more, we will work on coordination, balance, agility, and physical flexibility. We will play together by awakening the sensitivity to and perception of space, of different roles, of physical sensations, and of emotions. To come together and combine everything into small individual and group numbers, which will spontaneously take shape through theatrical improvisation.

Schedule: 9.00-12.15

CHF CHF 290.-.—

Year: 7-12

Orit Guttman

Orit Guttman graduated from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in 1994 and is now an actress, mime, and clown. She has been working for 23 years as a teacher in the summer courses of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri and, during the school year, she works in other educational centers, in particular in several after-school courses in Ticino and for the Steiner School.

Nr. 2 Circus

20.24.07.2020

During the week, students will focus on the circus discipline “floor acrobatics”. In this course, coordination skills, balance, and agility will be playfully and technically enhanced. Through common training, students will discover their full physical potential. Enthusiasm, fun, and curiosity about movement are in the foreground. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced learners; it does not matter.  

Schedule: 9.00-12.15

CHF CHF 290.-.—

Year: 7-12

Lia Schädler

Lia Schädler had her first professional stage experience in 2015 as a young artist in the Chnopf Circus. She then trained at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 2018. Since then she is part of the company Zanna with which she created the play "The Party is over“. In addition to other projects and assisting with various productions, she is continuing her education in the "Embodied Dramaturgy" study programme at the Arthaus Berlin School. During school holidays she is mostly in Switzerland and leads holiday courses at various children's circus schools.

Nr. 3 Variété

27.31.07.2020

Circus and theater meet in this variety course. Students will work with the circus disciplines of floor acrobatics, aerial acrobatics, juggling, balance, and simple magic. Additionally, they will explore clownery, dance, rhythm, and theatrical elements. This course is suitable for both beginners and advanced students.  

Schedule: 9am–4pm

bring packed lunch

CHF 430.—

Year: 9–15

Ann Klemann, Anna Manz

Ann Klemann discovered the theater in her youth and never got rid of the bug. She graduated from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri and has been an actress across Switzerland on various stages since then. She regularly conducts theater projects and courses for children, teenagers, and adults.
www.ann-klemann.ch

Anna Manz:
The love of movement and theater led Anna Manz to the Accademia Teatro Dimitri. After the birth of numerous children, she discovered her passion for theater and circus education. Since then she has completed the Till Theater Pedagogy in Zürich and the ZAK for Circus Pedagogy in Cologne. She founded a children’s and youth circus school in Ticino, where she teaches children’s yoga and Lu Jong.

Nr. 4 Jonglage and acrobatics

03.07.08.2020

Students will be immersed in the world of juggling and acrobatics for the week. They will learn balls, rings, clubs, and will play with the diablo and devil stick, and manipulate plates and towels. There will also be balance exercises on the ball and rola bola as well as simple floor acrobatics. Clear the ring!

Schedule: 9.00-12.15

CHF CHF 290.-.—

Year: 7-9

Max Haverkamp

After training at the Circus Space in London, Max traveled and performed all over the world as an artist and teacher for many years. In 2007 he and his partner Annette Fiaschi founded Compagnia Salto in Alto, with which they continue to work in Ticino and beyond.

Nr. 5 Acrobatics FULLY BOOKED

03.07.08.2020

The drums roll and you stand on the rope and perform a difficult trick, you are so concentrated that nothing else in the world can touch you at this moment. Are you fascinated by the work of the circus artists? In this course, students will learn how to roll forward, backward, or sideways over the ground, and also to do cartwheels, how to climb silks, juggle balls, clubs, and cloths, or balance on a roll! And all of this can be learned easily, almost without realizing it…  

Schedule: 13.45-17.00

CHF CHF 290.-.—

Year: 10-13

Annette Fiaschi

Annette Fiaschi studied contemporary circus at the London Circus Space and Physical Theater at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Verscio. She has been seen in various theater productions (e.g. Lyric Theater Hammersmith, Salisbury Theater) in different countries in Europe. Since 2005 she has been involved in variety shows, theater, and the circus as a solo artist as well as with the Compagnie Salto in Alto, founded in Ticino in 2006.
The Master in Physical Theater at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri allowed Annette to intensively explore various techniques of movement theater and playing with the clown.
Annette has been working for the Théodora Foundation for almost a year and performs regularly in the children’s hospital and specialized institutions.

Nr. 6 Theatre

03.07.08.2020

Theatre is play, with the body, with the voice, and with others. In this course, students use their imaginations to invent and create new scenarios using theatrical tools. A journey through the basics, constants, and variables of theater: listening to the individual and the group, coordination, identification, use of space, musicality, and comedy. An environment in which self-confidence and the ease of sharing with others is created. An approach full of games and exercises invites students to explore movement and voice to create characters, landscapes, and scenarios that are trapped in the imagination. The goal is to make the theater a space for play and freedom.

Schedule: 9.00-12.15

CHF CHF 290.-.—

Year: 7-12

Daniele Bianco

Daniele Bianco started his career in 1999 with clowns, jugglers, and street theater. In 2007 he studied at the Circo Carampa School in Madrid ES. In 2011 he received his diploma in Physical Theater from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Verscio, CH. In 2017 he completed his studies at the RITCS Academy in Brussels with a master in drama direction. He is an actor, director, playwright, and educator; co-founder of the Compagnia Grande Giro based in Ticino. He is pursuing several educational projects with young and old people, as well as professionals and amateurs. He also pursues projects with people with disabilities and different backgrounds. He teaches for the “Ridere per Vivere” association and is part of “Clowns without Borders” in Switzerland. He has been working with the Accademia Teatro Dimitri since 2019.
www.biancodaniele.com

Nr. 7 Circus

10.14.08.2020

Balance, juggling, floor acrobatics, or aerial acrobatics. All of the students will have the opportunity to try out many disciplines to develop different qualities. There are also many games in the circus! Playing with disciplines, for example, enables connections between the circus arts and the theater.  

Schedule: 9.00-12.15

CHF CHF 290.-.—

Year: 7-12

Jean-David Lehnherr

Jean-David Lehnherr wanted to learn to walk on his hands and began his training at the circus school in Lausanne at the age of 8. He then worked as a circus artist in various circuses and festivals in Europe. In 2015, the desire to give the shows more theatricality led him to the Accademia Teatro Dimitri. Since then, he has worked as an actor and circus artist in various projects.

Nr. 8 Dance

10.14.08.2020

This creative dance workshop combines contemporary and urban dance. The aim of this course is to let the child discover their body, explore their possibilities, and to give them more security through movement pedagogy. In a climate of benevolence, in which the hierarchy of movement is abolished and in which everyone can see their own idea of creativity and expression, the child dynamically encounters their self-awareness, coordination, rhythm, and creativity while enjoying movement. Urban Dance will give children’s physical and rhythmic training a contemporary and dynamic touch. Contemporary dance will give them tools to spontaneously express and nurture their creativity.  

Schedule: 9.00-12.15

CHF CHF 290.—

Year: 7-12

Anais Kauer

Anaïs began her artistic career in the world of urban dance and won several Swiss hip-hop championships with her company, which led her to compete with the best teams from around the world in Las Vegas. Her experience was further deepened by participating in a one-year intensive dance course in Sweden at the renowned Hip Drop School. Her interest in dance has developed and combined with the desire for introspection and personal development, which has led her to contemporary dance. She continued her education at the renowned Lausanne School of Performing Arts, La Manufacture, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 2018.

 
General informations and Arranging accomodation

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Accademia Teatro Dimitri
Stradòn 28, 6653 Verscio (CH)
E: corsi.accademiadimitri@supsi.ch
T: 058 666 67 50

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During the months of July and August, the Accademia Teatro Dimitri offers an interesting and varied program of courses in Verscio. These are aimed at adults, both professionals and non-professionals, who are interested in physical theatre and would like to explore various fields such as dance, circus arts, pantomime, clowning, rhythm and theatrical improvisation.

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Through the courses, all students have the opportunity to work with their own bodies in ways that transcend habits and clichés. For professionals in related fields, summer courses are an opportunity to explore specific techniques related to the training at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, in addition to establishing new contacts. Whether the student is coming from a professional or non-professional background, they are sure to find personal enrichment from the training in theatre, dance, and circus arts. In addition to enhancing specific skills such as theatre and dance, the courses offer an opportunity to learn to observe situations and people in a different way, and furthermore, to imagine new and satisfying ways to face life’s surprises. In a world constantly in a hurry, theatre and its related arts are a precious tool for reestablishing contact with oneself, with the rhythms and tempos of one’s own body.

Participants in the courses have the opportunity to buy tickets to shows at the Teatro Dimitri in Verscio at a 50% discount.
The summer courses of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri are also an opportunity to spend some time in the splendid setting of the Terre di Pedemonte → www.pedemonte.ch
Important: Each participant is personally responsible for his or her own food and lodging.

Nr. 6 Clowning Technique (advanced)

20.24.07.2020

From writing to staging. During this course, students will learn how to create and produce a “clown number”. The morning is dedicated to a repetition of techniques and training of the clown, while the afternoon is reserved for staging. The prerequisite is that the student already has experience in clowning.  

Schedule: 9–12am / 1.30–4.30pm

For advanced

CHF 570.—

Year: >18

Bernard Stöckli

Bernard Stöckli initially trained as a stock exchange specialist at the UBS Bank in Lugano. Afterwards, he discovered the art of theater with the masters Pierre Byland (Paris) and Ctibor Turba (Prague). He trained at the Accademia Dimitri in Verscio. He was a member of the Compagnia Teatro Dimitri, with whom he traveled through Europe and Central America. He collaborated for two years with the Circus Monti (CH). He has been a director and clowning teacher since 2001. In 2019, he directed Circus Monti’s “Jour de Fête”.
He is co-founder and member of Compagnia DUE with Andreas Manz, with whom he produced the shows: “La Porta” (2006), “Avanti” (2009), “Libero?” (2012), “SensoUnico” (2014) and “OH” (2016).
www.compagniadue.com

Nr. 7 Theatre course "Over 60"

20.24.07.2020

The new course of theater for students over 60 is designed for those who have found within themselves the desire to explore their physical expression, improvisation, and the stage. With gentle movements and a comic approach, the participants will share moments of exploration and presentation. Open to anyone over 60.  

Schedule: 9.00-12.15

CHF CHF 350.-.—

Year: >60

Christina Rauchbauer

The Austrian director, choreographer and performer Christina Rauchbauer makes political statements
about theatre and performance for and with young audiences as well as intergenerational projects. Her moving and abstract productions become more
than just a product. They question current theatre formats and focus on the self-empowerment of creative work.

Nr. 8 Voice and movement

20.24.07.2020

The laboratory combines the use of spoken and sung vocals to body movement: a part of the course will be dedicated to vocal technique and another part to its expressive potential. The aim is to explore multidisciplinary theatrical performance, breaking the barriers of style, and developing the depth of content to pure virtuosity. Everyone can work in their own language.  

Schedule: 9.00-12.00/13.30-15.30

CHF CHF 490.-.—

Year: >18

Tommaso Giacopini

Tommaso Giacopini earned his bachelor in physical theater at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri; afterwards, he specialized in performance with a master’s degree at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance in London. He currently lives and works in London and Switzerland, presenting his personal creations or collaborating with other companies; he also works as a poet and singer-songwriter.

Nr. 9 Pantomime

20.24.07.2020

The course is aimed at anyone interested in physical theater, mime, and body expression in general. Participants will practice the “classical” mime techniques, such as dynamic rhythm, isolation, fixed point, steps (on the spot, against wind, slow motion…), the creation of invisible objects, the illusion of the wall, the staircase, etc. Emphasis will be given to making the body as aware as possible of its essence and the different parts involved in the development of an imitated action. Participants will work on the different qualities that can be given to an action, to a gesture, later moving on to the release of the torso, to the body that manipulates or is manipulated by an external force or object. Other techniques that allow the creation of illusions will be discussed, such as zoomorphism and various bodily states. Thus, with pockets full of all these “tools”, students will be able to play, improvise, shape the space, shape themselves, and make the invisible inner-world visible.

Schedule: 9.00-12.00/13.30-15.30

CHF CHF 490.-.—

Year: >18

Florian Albin

Florian Albin started making theater in 1997 and has not stopped since. He trained in classical and contemporary theater and musicals at the “ATREE Théâtre du Jour” and at the company Pierre Debauche. He graduated in physical theater from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri and then studied physical acrobatics at the Cascades University Campus. For several years, he worked as an actor, dancer, and acrobat with various companies throughout Europe. He continues to direct and perform his creations.

Nr. 10 Clowning FULLY BOOKED

27.31.07.2020

In this workshop, students will explore the presence and condition of the clown, the pleasure of play, the possibility of being foolish, and the beauty of simply being. For actors, clowns, and non-artists of all levels.    

Schedule: 9.00-12.00/13.30-15.30

CHF CHF 490.-.—

Year: >18

David Melendy e Céline Rey

Céline Rey and David Melendy, both graduates of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, are performers in the Swiss and International scene with their production “Les Diptik”, with appearances in various circuses and variétés of Europe, including the Swiss Circus Monti, the GOP Varieté Theater in Germany, and Cascade in the Netherlands. Currently, their show “Hang Up” is enjoying great success in various Swiss locations.

Nr. 11 Dance and improvisation

27.31.07.2020

This course aims to explore dance through improvisation: learning the freedom of spontaneity of movement while discovering one’s own vocabulary. Specific exercises that focus on the anatomy of the body create precise boundaries that allow for the development of one’s own original artistic universe and thus become the source of the creative creation. This workshop is open to all who are ready to devote themselves to movement, professional and amateur artists, with any level of experience.  

Schedule: 9.00-12.00/13.30-15.30

CHF CHF 490.—

Year: >18

Solange Schifferdecker

Solange Schifferdecker earned her bachelor’s degree in 2009 at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri and completed her studies in physical theater and dance in the Czech Republic and Belgium.
She worked in Switzerland and Belgium, working with theater and dance companies and always trying to combine these two arts. After returning to Switzerland in 2016, she collaborated with Marcela San Pedro, choreographer, and Gabriel Alvarez, theater director. She also completed somatic training at Body-Mind Centering © (BMC). Since 2017 she has offered courses and workshops on BMC.

Nr. 12 Theatrical improvisation

27.31.07.2020

Through specific exercises, participants will take a personal and collective journey into their own hearts. By freeing physical tensions and limiting judgments, they will make room for the creative and expressive potential that resides in everyone. Improvisation is a means of emancipation for the actor, but it also offers an opportunity to connect to one’s inner fire, confront one’s own obstacles, and of course, have fun! Everything is already there, one must only visit this magical place where everything is possible. Confidence, simplicity, and silliness will be at the center of the work.

Schedule: 9.00-12.00/13.30-15.30

CHF CHF 490.—

Year: >18

Fanny Krähenbühl

Fanny Krähenbühl graduated from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in 2014. She later worked as an actor, dancer, and performer in her company, the “Cie Neurone Moteur”, and for other companies in Switzerland (“Thank you for the compliments”, “Peter & Pan”, “Glitzer Fabrik”).
She teaches theater and movement arts in various contexts and, through internships around the world, constantly renews her skills and reflections on what the theater brings to light in human beings. She practices direct, sincere, and authentic art, works in a collective, and loves to juggle with the expressive means at her disposal, creating works between dance, theater, performance, and documentation.

Nr. 13 Clowning

03.07.08.2020

The course proposes to rediscover contact with the world of children to rediscover the pleasure of play. Everyone will cultivate their own lack of skill in manipulating objects in order to be led towards the tragicomic aspect of the resulting situations. Defect, stupidity, naivety, imbalance, failure, insufficiency, but also authenticity will be encouraged.

Schedule: 9.00-12.00/13.30-15.30

CHF CHF 490.-.—

Year: >18

Emmanuel Pouilly

Emmanuel Pouilly is an actor, director and teacher. He trained and graduated at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in 1991 and was subsequently a member of the Teatro Dimitri Company. In 1997 he co-founded "Le Théâtre de Minuit". For more than a decade he has directed together with Masha Dimitri the International Festival of Street Artists of Ascona. He currently teaches clowning at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri.

Nr. 14 Pantomime

03.07.08.2020

Throughout the week of the course, students will discover and explore the physical ego in all its forms – gesture, emotionality, pantomime – paying particular attention to researching the principles of physical communication. The workshop aims to research the active and passive power of physical communication and it’s own expressiveness.

Schedule: 9–12am / 1.30–3.30pm

CHF 490.—

Year: >18

Roberto Carlos Gerbolés

Roberto Carlos Gerbolés, mime, actor, author, and director, graduated in 1996 from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri. He is currently continuing his artistic career with the company Teatro Blu (Italy), of which he is vice-president and for which he writes, directs, and interprets various shows in collaboration with several prominent artists. He collaborates with the RSI and with the OSI in various productions.

Nr. 15 Introduction to the training of the Accademia Dimitri

03.07.08.2020

The course is designed for anyone interested in training in the Physical theatre. The focus is on the perception of space and theatrical time, improvisation, movement and its dramatization. The aim is to promote awareness of the body and its language, the desire to play, and the exploration of one’s own imaginative potential.  

Schedule: 9.00-12.00/13.30-15.30

CHF CHF 490.-.—

Year: 16-25

Marco Cupellari

Marco Cupellari graduated in history of theater from La Sapienza University in Rome. He holds a bachelor and master in physical theater from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri. For years, he has worked as an actor and director, both in Italy and in Switzerland. Founder and co-director of the PerpetuoMobile Theater, he has presented his shows in Europe and the United States. He regularly conducts improvisation and theatrical composition workshops and laboratories.

Nr. 16 Physical Theatre (advanced)

10.14.08.2020

A physical theatre consisting of body and voice, a theater of creation, research, writing, and physical scores. A contemporary theatre, inspired by all the questions we face in a society in which each of our everyday actions is a choice either to fight or to defend “the dark side of the force”. An essential, “poor” theatre that realizes itself through the performativity of the actor. A social theater that consists of sharing and interaction.  

Schedule: 9.00-12.00/13.30-15.30

CHF CHF 490.—

Year: >18

Faustino Blanchut

Faustino, author, performer, and dramaturg, graduated from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in 2015 and was awarded the SUPSI ThalenThesis Prize and the Migros Culture Movement Theater Prize. At the same time, he was also trained in dance at the Compagnia Tiziana Arnaboldi, with whom he still collaborates today. He works with directors and choreographers such as Volker Hesse and Livio Andreina in Italy, France, and Switzerland.
In 2018 he began collaborating with the ballet group Balletto Civile for the Show Madre, which was performed at the most important festivals in Italy (Oriente Occidente, Piccolo di Milano, Colline Torinese). As an artist, he moderated the 70th anniversary of the ITI (International Theatre Institute) in Hainan, China. Since 2017, together with Natalia Vallebona, he has developed creations in the field of “Physical Theatre”.

Nr. 18 Magic, juggling, and clowning

10.14.08.2020

By exploring magic, students will examine what “illusion” is and how a public lets themselves be fooled. Students will learn and practice simple finger skills that are essential to a magician, and they will prepare small tricks which will be presented to enchant other students. Additionally, students will juggle alone or in pairs with different objects and incorporate theatrical and dance expression. On the subject of clowns, we will tell stories with a good dose of humor. Saying a lot – but with few words. Emotional physical theater, authenticity, and enthusiasm are the focus.  

Schedule: 9–12am / 1.30–3.30pm

CHF 490.—

Year: >18

Andreas Manz

Andreas Manz received his education at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Verscio. He was a member of the Compagnia Teatro Dimitri, with whom he traveled through Europe and Central America. He worked at the Pickle Family Circus in San Francisco and collaborated with John Gilkey (Cirque du Soleil). He also collaborated for two years with the Circus Monti (CH). Directing credits include Circus Monti 2019 with “Jour de Fête”.
He was co-founder and member of the Compagnia DUE with Bernard Stöckli, with whom he has produced the shows: “La Porta” (2006), “Avanti” (2009), “Libero?” (2012), “SensoUnico” (2014), and “OH” (2016).
www.compagniadue.com
He has been a director and clowning teacher since 2001.
He is a regular guest lecturer for psychomotorians and speech therapists at the Hfh Zürich, and gives seminars in body language and team building with Erikkson Consulting (Basel).

Nr. 19 Dancing: moving images and places

10.14.08.2020

Each image captures a movement in an instant and makes it “eternal”, like a dance that has “stopped” but could start again in an instant. When physical contact is not possible, images and videos often replace the real, but they can also be the beginning of a new body vitality. The course is aimed at anyone interested in dancing discovering and creating the surprising relationship between movement, image and places, equipped with smartphones, curious eyes and desire to experiment.

Schedule: 9.00-12.00/13.30-15.30

CHF CHF 490.—

Year: >18

Angela Calia

Angela Calia has a degree in Literature with a theatrical specialization (University of Bari, Italy), a diploma in Yoga sensibile® (Rome, Italy) and a Master of Arts in Physical Theatre (Accademia Teatro Dimitri). She works as an artist, researcher and teacher in dance theatre, conscious movement and video dance. In 2017 she founded the Associazione Corpi Narranti, a project that won a European call for proposals for cultural and artistic innovation: she produces short dance videos for international distribution, focusing on the themes of narration and memory of places and the body.

 
General informations and Arranging accomodation

Please read the information and check the box

Accademia Teatro Dimitri
Stradòn 28, 6653 Verscio (CH)
E: corsi.accademiadimitri@supsi.ch
T: 058 666 67 50

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Graphic design and code Leonardo Angelucci