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My name is Gabriele Goria. I am an actor, theatre pedagogue, and kung fu teacher. Since 2014, I have worked as a teacher of Tai Chi at different departments of the Theatre Academy of Helsinki (dance department, PEDA, and LAPS). As a doctoral candidate at the Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke), I am currently developing an artistic research on meditative silence.

My background includes Tai Chi, Shaolin, and other styles of traditional Kung Fu of North China, in the lineage of Master Chang Dsu Yao. I have practiced martial arts since the age of six.

My early education accustomed me with different meditative practices, such as the Kriya Yoga taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, the Catholic Rosary, and later, Vipassana meditation in the tradition of S.N. Goenka. In the years 2010-2017 I gave lectures and workshops about oriental psycho-physical practices at various conferences and events on interfaith dialogue, such as Taize (Helsinki), Torino Spiritualità (Turin), and International Conference Anthony Elenjimittam (Assisi).

After my graduation at the Theatre Academy Silvio D’Amico (Roma, 2001), I have worked as an actor and director for two renowned Theatre Companies in Torino: Compagnia Anna Bolens and Torino Spettacoli. I have taught acting in diverse contexts, including primary schools, secondary schools, universities and corporate entities.

Together with Fabrizio Nicastro (Italian movie actor, and black belt of Ju Tai Jutsu) I developed a stage-fighting method which combines physical theatre techniques with martial arts: Nataka-Do. In the years 2001-2008, we led workshops and courses of Nataka-Do at the Yoshin Ryu Zero Centre (Torino).

I moved to Finland in 2008. During my Master studies in Theatre Pedagogy (TeaK, 2011-2013), I began my artistic research on meditative silence, in cooperation with the dance pedagogue Eerika Arposalo, and the University Chaplain Rev. Henri Järvinen. Our final production was a performance, built throughout a four-month-work without use of speech. [1]

After my graduation, I led a one-year project with a team of artists: Hermits in Progress. The experiment was articulated in twelve retreats. Our aim was to make ascetic practices accessible to people with an average working and family life. [2]

My current research topic is Vipassana meditation, investigated as an artistic practice in its own right. I lead workshops and seminars of acting, stage fighting, physical theatre, Shaolin, and Tai Chi in Finland and Italy.

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[1] Goria, G. 2014. Moving the Silence. In: Mimesis Journal. Torino: Accademia University Press. Vol. 3. N. 1, pp. 66-77

[2] Goria, G. 2015. Active Silence – reinventing spirituality through art-research. Milano: Mimesis

 

 

 

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