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Our Vision

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s goal is to use theatre as a tool for reflection and social change, and we believe movement and interaction to be the most influential form of theatrical expression.

Together with live performances, we also want to bring our training methods to the heart of the community to generate discussion and incite action.

D.I.V.E.’s training program focuses on developing the dramatic and political potential in movement. Blending physical theatre (Meyerhold’s Biomechanics), political theatre (Theatre of the Oppressed), devising techniques (Composition) and immersive theatre practices (Augusto Boal’s Invisible Theatre), we place community engagement and the human body at the centre of the theatrical process.

Our programs are open for actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists, students, teachers and performing arts enthusiasts who want to develop their acting skills, body awareness, self-expression, voice and stage dynamics.

Performer’s Arena

ARENA: a place or scene of activity, debate, or conflict. D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s PERFORMER’S ARENA is an ongoing, year-long contemporary & physical theatre training program for performing artists, directors, Drama students, teachers and performing arts enthusiasts which aims at building an engaging community of creative minds to foster connections, stimulate investigation and encourage cooperation.

The training encompasses an in-depth approach to several methodologies and techniques used by our Collective, including Biomechanics, Theatre of the Oppressed, Devising Techniques, Immersive Theatre, among others. The full-year program culminates in a public showcase where participants share some of the work developed during the year.

In a relaxed and friendly environment, participants are encouraged not only to learn and practice different contemporary & physical theatre approaches but also to experiment, research, discuss, act, collaborate, and create to transform their acting and strengthen relationships with themselves and others on the stage.


Performer’s Arena is divided into four training blocks during the year and is aimed at participants aged 18+. No previous experience is required. Even though teaching progresses in a chain from one module to the next, participants are welcome to join at the start of any training block.

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Principles of Biomechanics

During this physical theatre workshop, we will investigate the principles of Biomechanics, a system of physical techniques created by Russian actor and director Vsevolod Meyerhold (1874-1940). These intricate movement practices explore in-depth the mechanical and organic aspects of theatrical play, which enable the actor to focus his awareness on each gesture produced on the stage.

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Movement workshop includes a practical overview of Meyerhold’s études: physical training exercises to fine-tune the body and discipline the actor’s actions, reactions, impulses and responses on the stage. This psychophysical approach to performance aims at developing basic skills such as rhythm, precision, balance, playfulness, harmony, coordination, responsiveness, confidence and expressiveness.

The workshop is led by D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Artistic Director Cesar Genaro, born and trained in Brazil, having used and disseminated Meyerhold’s techniques throughout his career as an actor and director.

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Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed is a very influential instrument for individual reflection and social change. First developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal in the 1970s, TO’s techniques are widely known and practised around the world as a means to effect transformation in the lives of people and their communities.

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s TO workshops are delivered in different formats throughout the year and include games and group exercises to develop the physical senses, rhythms, sounds, space awareness, relationships, memory, emotions and imagination. We cover the three main theatrical styles developed by Boal (Invisible Theatre, Image Theatre and Forum Theatre) through practical activities, discussions, historical overview, TO methodology and public showcases of the work developed during the training intensive.

The workshop is led by D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Artistic Director Cesar Genaro, who was born and trained in Brazil, having used and disseminated TO’s techniques throughout his career as an actor and director in Brazil and Australia.

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Invisible Theatre 

Invisible Theatre makes oppression visible”
(Augusto Boal)

Invisible Theatre, one of the main techniques of Theatre of the Oppressed, was developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal in the 1970s as an influential method to generate public discussion about oppression and effect transformation in the lives of people and their communities.

Through practical activities, discussions and a historical overview of Boal’s INVISIBLE THEATRE methodology, participants will have an in-depth experience of how this form of theatrical play can be a powerful tool for social reflection and action. The workshop includes games and group exercises to develop the physical senses, rhythms, sounds, space awareness, relationships, memory, emotions and imagination.

The weekend-long experience will culminate in an “invisible” short performance staged in public space, where involuntary viewers become active participants of a real situation.

The workshop is led by D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Artistic Director Cesar Genaro, who was born and trained in Brazil, having used and disseminated TO’s techniques throughout his career as an actor and director in Brazil and Australia.

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