Cantiere Ibsen: Art Needs Time

A series of free of charge workshops for european acresses and actors.

A project by Il Mulino di Amleto, realized with Fertili Terreni Teatro, in collaboration with the Swiss ITI


What is it that interests us most in theatre, our profession? Perhaps discovering new worlds. After having found something that “works” we could continue to stage plays that replicate the same principle. But what really drives us and gives us energy is discovering a new artistic as well as human world. It is the discovery of a new human world that immediately affects theatre in regards to techniques, construction and behavioural structure.

That is why we wish to put the question about the time needed for artistic work at the centre: to take care of ourselves as both human beings and artists, to work together as a group, to face up to the question of the actor at the centre of everything, to discover new possible approaches to the process of creation.  We think that those are tools that theatre has to change the world, to transmit meaning and discover new principles and models of staging. But most importantly we wish to share all of this with others.

We therefore believe that it is the right moment to open our work to other artists – to open this time of research and training to others who share our disquiet, artists who wish to “take the time” to understand how to renew themselves.

We want to ask experts to guide this process and share new worlds, things we did not know or things we knew differently, to take us beyond the theatre.

We are also looking for an audience that is curious about our work and comes to meet us to continuously ask the question of communication between artists and audience.

Finally, we believe that we could use a map, something to get our hands dirty with, something to dismantle and reassemble, to sculpture and shape – for that we have thought of Henrik Ibsen.

This workshop is a periodical training that will allow us to understand together how to take back the idea of research and creativity, but above all it is open to anyone who wishes to come and share those very same questions with us.

Cantiere Ibsen/Art Needs Time has been realized with Fertili Terreni Teatro, in collaboration with the Swiss ITI – International Theatre Institute. Further thanks go to TPE – Teatro Piemonte Europa, ACTI Teatri Indipendenti and Elsinor Centro di Produzione.



The actors, directors and artists that work in Theatre in Italy find themselves with increasing frequency in the sad situation where they have to work under most adverse circumstances, with few resources, little opportunity to seek and risk and above all with very little time at their disposal.

Especially time is one of the most fundamental ingredients when creating art and looking for something new within ourselves as artists and in the models that we offer to the audience.

Therefore, we have decided to dedicate time to a project without the aim of going on stage or being performed, but with the sole purpose to research and improve. A period of “shared training” dedicated to ourselves, our mistakes, our tendencies, our capacity to discover and get to know ourselves in new and potentially astounding ways both on stage and within our creative ability.

Cantiere Ibsen aims to be the renovation of a creative way that is not only focused on production but also on a different time of creation – made of meetings, rehearsals and discussions – which has the actors and the recovery of the very same aspect of Time at the centre of its theatrical creation.


The Cantiere develops through 6 workshops by Marco Lorenzi, director of Il Mulino di Amleto, and includes the participation of various guests, experts and artist that have been invited to be directly involved in the above-mentioned process. The workshops are aimed at professional European actresses and actors and will take place in Turin between October 2019 and June 2020.


Please note that these dates may be subject to change that will be promptly communicated.

22nd – 27th October 2019, Turin
11th – 16th November 2019, Turin
16th – 20th December 2019, Turin
24th February – 04th March 2020, Turin
06th – 11th April 2020, Turin

To apply please send:

  • CV
  • a photograph
  • a short letter of motivation
  • indication as to which workshop you are applying for

Send the application to  by 20th September 2019. You will receive an email confirming that we have received your application. Please note that in the month of August answers may be delayed due to our summer break. Regular activities restart from 2nd September.


The workshops are free of charge but spaces are limited. It is possible to apply for all dates as well as only for some or one of them. The candidates are requested to be present on all days of the workshop they wish to participate in. The criteria of selection include the number of sessions applied for and the willingness to put oneself out there.

Duration of each workshop day: about 8 hours.

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