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Since 2017 the Tanz Company Gervasi develops the summer project Marturanum in medieval village of  Barbarano Romano (IT) which gives dancers from all over the world the opportunity to explore the work of the company in a unique cultural setting. 

The project takes place in form of multiple intensive 10-day workshops with public presentations. For the occasion, the community of Barbarano Romano is activated to offer support to the project and offer to the guests an insight into the rich historical background of the region

In exchange the invited dancers present the result of the workshop in form of performances, taking place in the streets of the old town, on an especially build outdoor platform in the nature or in the deconsecrated church of Sant'Angelo.


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Maturanum grows from a desire of bringing art and dance outside of the traditional places of distribution. This project aims at activating the territory by inviting dance professionals to train, research, and present their art for several weeks in the summer in the historical village of Barbarano Romano (IT).




The workshop is led by Elio Gervasi . It proposes different forms of research based on various dance vocabularies und improvisation methods. The dancers will study how to bring in and develop their own vocabulary and individual style. After the warm up (based mainly on floor work) we will start with the movement research by reducing conservative patterns.

We will continue by focusing on specific themes such as space, gravity, collision, and other topics that will be proposed during our DAILY JOURNEY. We will apply these ideas firstly to solo dance material and follow this with group work, which will focus on different formations (duo, trio and larger groups). Here we will also work with contact improvisation and partnering.
Continuing, we will combine the previously created material and feed it with new information, adding something more each time in the so-called “choreographic engine”. Through this application and the distribution of a number of fixed set movements, we will compose and generate new choreographic aspects and images. 

The workshop will end with a public showing.

Here are the FEEDBACK OF PARTICIPANTS of previous editions

Send an email to

  • Subject of the e-mail: the workshop you chose (for ex. Workshop 1)

  • Attach: CV (short version) with a photo

  • Paste: a link to a max. 1-minute long video with a solo work or improvisation (a simple self-made smartphone video is enough).

Please! Only apply if you are available for all the 10 days of the workshop.

You will be informed if your application is accepted the day after the deadline of each single workshop.



The workshops - auditions are aimed at professional dancers or students in professional dance education. For each workshop there will be 18 dancers selected (see application procedure below). Among the participants 4 dancers will be selected to join the 2023 productions of the Tanz Company Gervasi. 

The workshop will take place in the indoor space of Cultural Center St. Angel, a former medieval Church, in the historical center of Barbarano Romano, close to Rome.

At 20.30 on the day before each workshop we organize a WELCOME AND GOODBYE DINNER for all the participants in the local biological farm "Family Pagliucchi".


Workshop 2from 7 June to 18 June 2022, from 9.30 to 18.00

Application deadline: 25 May, 12:00 A.M.

Arrival 5th (from 6 P.M) 6th of June.

Workshop 3, from 21 June to 2 July 2022, from 9.30 to 18.00

Application deadline: 12 June, 12:00 A.M.

Arrival 19th (from 6 P.M.) or 20th of June.


FEES: 360 Euro which comprehends accommodation, administrative costs and welcome and goodbye dinner.

Travel costs (incl. Covid-19 tests), food expenses, travel organization and other expenses are not covered (These costs on the side of the dancers are their responsibility, also in case of cancellation). 

ACCOMMODATION per person for the whole period: single houses with two or three rooms. The rooms host two people, with separate beds. The houses are located in the peaceful and charming village and are rustic but very comfortable! (Fyi: Daily life in Barbarano Romano is very affordable).

COVID-19: Participants need to carry out a  Covid-19 test before arrival.

ARRIVAL: maximum 2 days before the start of the workshop (please see arrival time).

DEPARTURE: maximum 1 days after the end of the workshop



For 2023 edition of Marturanum we envision to expand the project by inviting guest choreographers to present their work in different locations in Barbarano Romano. This an occasion for the audience to experience new languages and forms of the contemporary dance while for the guest artists is an opportunity to rethink their work to match the context and environment of Barbarano Romano


Wir are looking for choreographic works between 45 and 60 minutes featuring a maximum of 4 performers. The work should be already finished or in the end period of rehearsal.

The conditions of participation will be discussed individually with each applicant.



The festival will present work of the Tanz Comany Gervasi and of guests invited artists.

During January and April 2023 guest choreographers will have the opportunity to send their proposals to the Tanz Company Gervasi. 

The selected performances will be presented in the cultural center St. Angelo as well as in public locations around Barbarano Romano. 


The festival will take place in summer 2023


TRAVEL and ACCOMMODATION: the festival covers the travel expenses (up to 500 Euros for each invited group) and the accommodation (for one night).

COVID-19: Participants need to carry out a  Covid-19 test before arrival.