The Four Dimensions - Open Laboratory 2019 Paris


Open Laboratory 2019

a visit to theatre research

Manifesto Poetico's OPEN LABORATORIES are dedicated to the research and analysis of the principles that govern the process of artistic creation in a multi-disciplinary context.

In this Open Laboratory we aim to grow the ambition to change ways of seeing, searching for new languages for a theatre of tomorrow.

In this international context, multicultural by nature, we will study Theatrical Space and Time.


Date: 1 - 5 JULY 2019

Location: School of Jacques Lecoq, Paris


Directed by Carlos García Estévez 

Co-directed and Coordinated by Paige Allerton

Assisted by Olmo Hidalgo


What is Spatial Dramaturgy?

Spatial Dramaturgy is the name Manifesto Poetico has given to the resulting approach of its’ 20 years of research.

Many approaches of theatre focus on bringing together two elements: movement and text, body and mind, inner experience and outer effect. This is a two-dimensional approach to theatre.

In addition to this approach, Manifesto Poetico focuses on a third element that seems often forgotten: The Space

SPATIAL DRAMATURGY Three-Dimensional Awareness Documentary Excerpts 2018



  • A 4-Dimensional balancing of the stage using a suspended structure.

  • Pattern languages through space

  • Floating forms to Integral Tension

  • The space of the 4 dimensions  ( new research )

  • Body stage relationship: frame » tension » intention » invisible impact.

  • Measured space v.s. Homeric space ( recognizable spaces changing with time )

  • The emotional experience of the space ( space constraints that transform one situation into another) 

What is the actor, the text, the story without it’s space and time?

In this 5 day Open Laboratory, director of Manifesto Poetico, Carlos García Estévez will lead the group through a journey of discovery and analysis of what is right in front of us, our daily paradigm of the 4 Dimensions.


In it’s simplicity, this is often forgotten, overlooked or left un-practiced. 

This research started with Carlos’ in depth study of the structure behind performance masks. His research led him to coin the concept of the inner structure of the mask as a system of forces. After years of practice he eventually developed this concept to be used as a greater, abstraction of a mask on the space. This led him to create Manifesto Poetico’s Spatial Dramaturgy.



Date: 1-5 July 2019

Location: School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris

Price: 550 Euros

Discounts available for Students, and Environmental and Social Justice Activists. Please inquire for more information.

TO APPLY: send an email to with your CV, photo and letter of motivation. Applicants will then be selected.


All genres of artists are welcome (painters, sculptors, architects, designers, musicians, actors, dancers, puppeteers, directors, dramaturges etc.). This Open Laboratory is designed for advanced students and professional artists. Beginners are welcome to apply but may be asked for an interview.

This is a practical laboratory where participants will be asked to be physically engaged.

Language: Sessions will be done in English with the possibility of translations in French, Spanish and Italian.