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ANIMALISM – master class for actors, dancers and stage practitioners

Teacher: David Greeves (VB)
Organization: Histeria Nova
Place: Slavonija vertical training center, Đakovo
Time: April 28, 2023 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Duration: 4 h + interview with participants (exact time is flexible)



The workshop uses animalism as a tool for character development of actors. It is intended for actors, dancers, stage artists and those interested in physically embodied and transformational work. The workshop consists of two parts lasting 2 hours for each part. The exercises are physically demanding, challenging and require full engagement of body and mind with a lot of work on the floor. Technical and creative tasks will be included that will cognitively and somatically focus on how movement patterns can be changed and, accordingly, the perception of the animal body or non-humanoid being.

Price of the workshop per participant: 50 EUR
Included in the price is the free entry for April 29 (International Dance Day) to the program "Slavonija Vertical Training Center – New Horizons" from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Đakovo Center of culture.

Applications are required via the online application form or via e-mail to as the number of participants is limited.


DAVID GREEVES (GB) Movement director, Combat and Aerial choreographer working internationally across Opera, Bollywood and Circus productions for over 24 years. Director of Yskynna Vertical Dance CIO, specializing in site-specific aerial performance in non traditional spaces for cultural and artistic endeavour.

Born in Redruth, Cornwall, working worldwide in Opera, Bollywood, large scale events, and local productions, as Movement Director, Martial Arts and Aerial choreographer, creative rigger, and actor. Ba Hons in Psychology of Human behaviour, PGCE, cert LCDS, IRATA level 1/2 and currently studying a PhD at Falmouth university. Aerial training and performing started with Angels of Disorder, {Jean-Paul Zacharini}, Stilt performance with Scarabeus Theatre, and has been involved with Glastonbury Festival Circus and Theatre for over 18 years as a lead rigger for Circus and Theatre.

In 1998 he began work as solo aerialist {corde lisse} and dancer for David McVicar’s production of Idomeneo at Vlaamse Opera in Antwerpen Belgium, this work progressed and now works on David McVicar’s creative team for productions such as Aida ROH 2010/2011, Gotterdammerung and Wagners Ring Cycle, Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg 2011, L:e Clemency de Tito, Festival of Opera, Aix en Provence 2011, Le Capitole Toulouse 2012/2018, Chicago Opera 2014, Aida Le Palau des Artes Valencia 2012/2017, San Fransisco Opera Les Troyens 2016, The Liceu Barcelona 2020 and Mid Summer Nights Dream Tokyo 2020.

Building a substantial portfolio of work as Artistic Director of Yskynna Vertical dance CIO and as Movement Director.


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