The Useless Room Grotowski Institute Residency
June 1-14, 2020, Gema Galiana and Anthony Nikolchev - co-Artistic Directors of Galiana&Nikolchev’s The Useless Room - will conduct a two-week, intensely physical research and performance residency in their style of movement driven theater creation. Days will consist of training, creative material building and structured, improvised performance practice. The two-weeks will be hosted by the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, taking place between the Grotowski Institute’s forest base, Brzezinka and the theater studio inside the city, Studio na Grobli.

Participation is limited to 12 maximum. Participants can come from any performance background, with an interest in the body as the source for research and creation in performance.

Cost to participate is 350euro/week. Total of 700 euro. Participants must be available for the total duration of the two weeks.

Cost includes lodging during the residency in both locations, transport from Wroclaw to/from Brzezinka, breakfast/lunch/dinner during the working days, and guest artist workshops from the Grotowski Institute/Teatr Zar company in addition to daily training/creation with The Useless Room. Participants should be aware that some meals will be catered in local, traditional foods, but other meals will be part of a daily shared work routine, in addition to assigned work maintaining the houses in which we work. Part of the residency is maintaining space and sharing food.

Participants must arrange their own travel to/from Wroclaw. Assistance for arrival/departure at Wroclaw airport can be arranged.

Application deadline February 20.

Participants will be trained in a physical vocabulary to unite their impulse in action, with listening as reaction, and presence resulting from heightened awareness and trust in their body in space alone, with partners and with the group. The workshop will place performers in pursuit of the impossible task defined by metaphorical connections to literary text provided by the Useless Room on a chosen topic - The Antagonistic Search for Authenticity and the Evil, Isolation and Euphoria Which Results. The creative material - a merge between improvisation and precise physical structures - will culminate in the ultimate listening as reaction experiment: curated improvisations based on set material and shared vocabulary, ultimately underlining trust and presence within form as the performers' essential traits.

Schedule of work will be as follows:
June 1: travel to Brzezinka Forest base. Preparation of space and evening work session.
June 2-5: morning training, afternoon creative material building, evening work session.
June 6: final day in Brzezinka, night group performance (closed doors).
June 7: day off from training, prepare Brzezinka for departure, travel to Studio na Grobli.
June 8-11: morning training, afternoon creative material development, evening closed performance sessions.
June 12: open presentation of The Useless Room performance, Ínsula performed by Gabriel Jimenez.
June 13: preparation for open doors group work demonstration, evening group performance demonstration, closing night.
June 14: final group meeting, departure from Studio na Grobli.

Galiana and Nikolchev are artists, performers and directors working between theater, dance, film and photography. They met in residence at the Grotowski Institute as founding members of the Studio Matejka under the direction of Matej Matejka. They have worked as a creative duo with Vivien Wood (UK) and Company TDU (UK, Switzerland, Slovakia) and their own projects which have been presented internationally at The International Theater Olympics, Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe, Edmonton International Film Festival and throughout theaters in Los Angeles. They were guest speakers at the Cannes Lions Festival with Wilderness director, Annie Saunders and, independently, are award-winning artists who have performed at REDCAT, San Diego Opera, Res Ratio (Athens), Moscow's SOLO Festival and more.

More info:;
Documentation Video from 2018 residency:

This workshop is made possible with the generous support of The Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland.
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