21st - 28th July 2020

Lesvos - Greece

This 6-day workshop takes place in the same Lesvos venue as ‘Performing at the Edge’ - a remote valley on the edge of the Mediterranean sea. Each day you will participate in DUENDE’s core training, in dance/choreographic work, in improvisation and in small performance making tasks, alone and in groups. The workshop offers an encounter with (or a reminder of) the daily routine of The DUENDE School. It is suitable for those who wish to have some intensive professional training in physical theatre during the summer.

This is DUENDE's core Physical Training.

International Participants: €645
Greek Participants: €445

Max. Participants: 14

DUENDE School invites you to its six days workshop on the beautiful Greek island of Lesvos. In a remote country house on the edge of the sea, you will train , improvise, perform, learn, encounter, grow - alongside a small international group of artists and members of the DUENDE ensemble.

The Workshop

Each day there will be a three-hour session of Core Training in Ensemble Physical Theatre in the morning
and then another four hours of performance practice/performance making and actual performing.
The training will be taught by John Britton and Eva Tsourou.
Each day the ensemble will train together, in the olive grove behind the house

Each evening there will be performances. Improvised or semi-structured .

These six days you will work on yourself, work in ensemble, expand and deepen your skills, connect with others who share a passion for being a performer. We will be driven by the pursuit of our pleasure.

The work will be intense, physically-demanding, joyous. The sun will be hot. The sea will be cool. The food freshly-cooked.

The ensemble will be whatever we make it.


21st - 28th July 2020

July 21st - Arrival in Mitilene (Lesvos). Travel to Fara (arranged by DUENDE).
July 222nd - 27th Workshop
July 28th - Transport to Mitilene (arranged by DUENDE) for onward travel.


Fara - a house on the edge of the sea about 90 minutes drive from Mitilene (capital of Lesvos). Participants will make their own travel arrangements to and from Mitilene (though we can advise).


The full cost of the workshop is 645 euro for international participants and 445 euro for Greek participants
This covers all food, accommodation, transport from and to Papados(the nearest village where buses run) from Fara and the actual workshop

Max. Participants: 16

Terms: A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the fee is required to confirm your place, once an offer has been made to you. Your place is not confirmed until the deposit is received. The deposit is non-refundable. Full payment is due by June 1st 2019. If you cancel after that date, your payment is not refundable. If you cancel before June 1st - having already paid the full amount - the balance will be refunded (minus deposit) if DUENDE manage to fill your space in the workshop.


It is extremely important that this workshop delivers a rich and challenging experience to all participants. To ensure this we ask, if you want to apply for one of the 14 available places, to send a brief outline of your career/training to date (a CV will do) and a short statement of what you would like to gain from attending this workshop. This process helps ensure that no one attends the workshop who is really looking for something else, and that there is a range and depth of experiences in the workshop that will contribute to the experience of all participants.

If you have worked with DUENDE or John Britton before, could you remind us where (and possibly even send a photograph!).

We will not ask for any payment from you until we have confirmed that we are able to offer you a place on the Duende School-Summer Intensive

Please send applications by email to administration@duende-ensemble.com