This workshop, spanning 8 hours over 2 days, is designed to delve into unconventional artistic expressions, emphasizing the exploration of uncomfortable territories and the transformation of traditional aesthetics. The primary focus is on refining physical creative tools, conducting body research, and building a repertory of movement.

Where: Tanzhaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

When: 27th & 28th of January 2024.

Deadline for application: 25th of January 2024

IMPORTANT: This is a physical workshop with concurrent theoretical information. The theory will be presented while the workshop is in progress. Get ready to move and break a sweat!

This workshop aims to guide and inspire our work on an eye-to-eye level. It is designed for students and professional dancers of any background, movers, choreographers, and performers with a desire for growth and openness. This initiative is open to individuals of any background who are interested in exploring the realms of body and creativity through human movement.

About the workshop: Dramaturgical Body

In the context of a physical movement and theatrical workshop where the body serves as the primary tool, dramaturgy refers to the structuring and shaping of the overall performance experience. For me, dramaturgy in dance involves the thoughtful arrangement of movements and narrative elements to create choreographic ideas. As a mover and choreographer myself, I have developed a dramaturgical body that, through creative practice, has helped me and my work to be coherent and unify my ideas.

1. Storytelling through Movement.
Explore how movements can convey a narrative. Each dance sequence becomes a chapter contributing to the overall narrative arc. Recognize storytelling as an inherent human concept. Encourage continuous exploration without stagnation.

2- Research Through Improvisation.
Explore lab. choreography. Development of tools/tasks through endless exploration. Integrate improvisational elements into the choreographic process. Push boundaries and transcend conventional aesthetics. Improvisation will be used to get complex qualities. Break the comfort zone to connect with space, body, mind, and other participants. Tasks restricting movement for unusual possibilities. Avoid familiar patterns to promote creativity.

3- Structural Cohesion.
Ensure that individual movements and sequences contribute to the overall coherence of your performance. Consider how each part fits into a larger structure and do not look only for the individual aspect. We will establish a group connection to co-create and inspire together.

4- Spatial Relationships.
Experiment with how the use of space can contribute to storytelling. Transforming the space, redirecting our ideas for a better composition and utilization of the space that we will set.

5- Symbolic Elements.
Use movements symbolically to convey deeper meanings or themes. Explore metaphors through the physical language, adding layers of complexity to the choreography. We will work with different bodies and we will also add our own.

6- Audience Connection: Engagement and Communication
Explore ways to connect with the audience. Consider how physical movements can communicate and resonate with viewers, fostering a continuous connection.

It’s about using the body as a tool to tell a compelling story, convey emotions, and engage with the audience.

Overall, the Dramaturgical Body workshop seeks to instill a non-conformist mindset, encouraging participants to explore new dimensions of movement, aesthetics, and self-expression. Participants are guided to reconstruct from scratch the confines of established patterns.

About the Facilitator:

Diego de la Rosa is a Spanish choreographer, performer, teacher, artistic researcher, and a dedicated student of stage direction and dramaturgy. He has immersed himself in the performing arts for over a decade, blending urban dance, contemporary dance, physical theater, and text to create hybrid languages reflective of today’s world. Additionally, he serves as one of the co-artistic directors and founders of Frantics Co., established in 2013.

Since 2014, Diego has collaborated with Theater Strahl in Berlin, Hungry Sharks, Theater Bonn, Theater Bremen, Theater Kassel, and Stadttheater Giessen, where he took on the role of rehearsal director and choreographic assistant. His collaborative efforts extend to working with choreographers such as Samir Akika (FR), Helder Seabra (PL), Adrienn Hód Hodworks (HU), Laura Scozzi (IT), JDot Tight Eyez (USA), Nadine Gerspacher (DE), Lorca Renoux (FR), Juan Tirado (ES), Andrés Marín (ES), Victor Rottier (NL), Kadir “Amigo” Memis (DE), Ursina Tossi (DE), and Johannes Wieland (DE), among others.

His artistic approach transcends traditional boundaries, seamlessly blending hip-hop culture, contemporary dance, and theater. This fusion aims to provoke thought within the audience, challenging conventional norms. Diego’s artistic journey is a dynamic evolution shaped by the confluence of time and place. He draws inspiration from a diverse range of visual influences, including films, theater, essays, enigmatic photographs, and various forms of artistic expression.

Moreover, Diego de la Rosa has acquired extensive experience in teaching and leading professional training in various dance schools, festivals, and companies. Since 2013, he has been developing his techniques. “Exploring Possibilities” emerged from his research and continues to expand with “Dramaturgical Body.”

Currently, Diego’s career is focused on research, creating new works, conducting his workshops, and collaborating with independent artists and companies.

How to apply/register: For registration, please send an email to

Cost for participants: 90CHF Early Bird (22.01.24) // 110CHF Normal Price

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