Transdisciplinary Theatre

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Short biography

Samuel Núñez is a theatre director and teacher specialized in physical theatre, transdiscipline, theatre anthropology and emotional expression. For more than 25 years he has been exploring and developing techniques for the direction and training of artists. One of his main focuses are methods which enable artists to connect authentically with their creative source, their co-artists and those experiencing their art. As this work turned out to be very valuable not only in the field of creativity, but just as much for the whole being, Samuel also likes to work with persons who don´t have a direct interest in the performing arts. At present he mainly works in Barcelona, Berlin and the area of Cologne.



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Samuel Núñez starts playing theatre at the age of 15. At 17, he develops first ideas about emotions in acting and writes his first play. At the age of 18 he becomes a member of a professional theatre company. From 1995 - 1999 he studies theatre in Santiago de Chile. Directly after this he starts teaching contemporary dance and acting at his former school.


During his work as a teacher, actor, director, writer, dramatic adviser and choreographer of different laboratories and companies he explores transgressive theatre as suggested by Antonin Artaud and Jerzy Grotowski. He focusses especially on body language and emotion and their use in theatre while also studying intensively the methods of Stanislavski, Brook, Barba, Jodorowski and Meyerhold.


As part of his professional training Samuel learns the technique "alba emoting" which had been developed by neurologist Dr. Susana Bloch as a therapy for emotional blockages and other psychological problems. Alba emoting uses respiratory and muscular parameters to reach real emotions. Inspired by it, Samuel designes techniques (such as emotional resonance), that serve the authentic embodiment of emotions and psychological states. Moreover he immerses himself into disciplines of different cultures that deal with the human body and mind, such as anthropology, noh theatre, butoh, yoga, taoism, zen, mindfulness and western psychology. Samuel merges his insights with more known and own techniques from dance, theatre and visual arts. Transdisiplinarity becomes the framework of his methodology its aim being to help artists at becoming very familiar with their main instrument, the body and to free themselves from that which obstructs their natural ability of expression.


In 2002 in Barcelona Samuel Nuñez starts directing and offering independent theatre courses to share the results of his research and to keep developing further his method. In 2004 he moves to Germany where in 2007 he founds TATWERK Berlin as a theatre and movement research centre and directs it until 2012. His classes and other projects address beginners as well as professionals. Artists of different fields participate to deepen their skills, especially of emotional and physical expression, presence and authenticity. Today, he works in Catalunya and Germany, where he offers classes and workshops and works on new performances and research projects.


One of his main interests at presence is exploring the potential of mindfulness and silence for connecting with intuitive creativity (The Poetry of Silence). Inspired by his recent participation as a teacher at KörperlIch Woche of the University Witten-Herdecke (Germany) he is developing new concepts that address persons who - independently of artistic interest - seek a deeper and more open relationship with their own body and emotions and who are interested in new ways of movement, contact and communication.


        Samuel Nuñez Biographie                                

        Intervalo, Barcelona 2002                                                                                 Demutilación 4, Chile 1993