The theatre workshop 'A poetic and narrative body' is first and foremost a method for getting to know the world. The method is based on the ability to focus on objects and people, but above all on the relationships between objects and people.
The course stimulates the production of emotional, visual, sound states, aiming at the recovery of one's own awareness of body, knowledge, self-esteem, memory and communication.
The preferred tool is improvisation, i.e. a sequence of actions in which the time between the stimulus and the reaction is minimal.
In the workshop, knowledge is made to react through emotions. And vice versa.
In the workshop, judgements are suspended. Creating a non-judgmental situation is a prerequisite for everyone to accept themselves and others.
Antonio Viganò trained at the Piccolo Teatro School of Art in Milan and at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris and approached dance with Carolyn Carlson and Julie Anne Stanzak. In 1984 he founded Teatro La Ribalta with Michele Fiocchi, for which he directed shows for children and youths, winning five ETI Stregagatto awards. Between 1995 and 2002 he realized three shows with the Compagnie de l'Oiseau-Mouche, the first European theatre company formed by professional actors with disabilities. He directed in Russia at the Young Theatre in Omsk, in France at the Centre Dramatique Le Grand Bleu in Lille, in Switzerland at the Theater an der Sihl and at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich. He lectures at Universities, Theatres, Higher Education Schools and Masters Degrees, including most recently the Master's Degree in Theatre in the Social sphere at the Sapienza University of Rome and the Master's Degree in Theatre Entrepreneurship at the University of Bologna. In 2009, he settled in Bolzano, where he founded the Academy of Arts for Diversity and set up an integrated professional company that produces works of high artistic value.
Since 2010 he has been organizing the multidisciplinary theatre review 'Heretical Bodies' dedicated to the themes of diversity and the multiple possibilities of being an actor.
In 2015, the National Association of Theatre Critics awarded him the Critics' Prize. In 2018, together with the company of Teatro la Ribalta - Kunst der Vielfalt he received the Ubu Special Prize "for the quality of artistic, creative and political research in often marginal areas and with capillary attention to diversity".