Our workshops will introduce performers to a disciplined and rigorous approach to the performer’s expression through physical action, listening and presence. Participants will develop tools towards broadening the body’s ability to perceive their performer’s needs, and communicate such without unintentional filters, giving the performer utmost choice in how a need is physically communicated on stage – this is not pantomime, nor tautology. Participants will also develop a self-criticism to always push for greater and more specific physical articulation, and by always exploring, one’s presence will be focused on specific tasks leaving no room for pretence but resulting in honesty on stage. General strength, flexibility, articulation, awareness and dexterity will be tantamount to the conceptual learning.


We aim to capture this “truth” on stage through the presence of the performer. Presence is obtained as a consequence of action without inhibition. Action as a Boundary Concept – similar to an asymptote striving for but never reaching its absolute point – is an unattainable pure state of presence, in which the performer perpetually strives towards action that exactly encompasses the need at any given moment. Pure Form – a concept defined by Stanislaw Witkacy – elevates the artist’s work to be of itself the goal, achieving a metaphysical alignment with the need of creation. We strive for such using the body as the performer’s entrance point.


BRZEZINKA, Wroclaw, Poland, 2018.

Summer Residency 2018.

A little taste of our wonderful two weeks workshop research in residency at Brzezinka forest based at Institute Grotowski (Wroclaw, Poland, 2018).

Led by Gema Galiana and Anthony Nikolchev.


Hyderebad University Workshop 2018

Galiana&Nikolchev's The Useless Room's documentation of their invited residency and workshop with second year acting students at the Central Hyderabad University, invited by their long-time collaborator, and university instructor, Riken Ngomle.

The Useless Room was in India in March 2018, to present their performance, THE LAST ONE, at the 2018 International Theatre Olympics, in Jammu and Kashmir, and New Delhi. 

LOS ANGELES, California.

Summer Intensive Training 2016. On the last day of our summer training.

Workshop Photo GALLERY



Residency at Institute Grotowski (Wroclaw, Poland, 2018)

Workshop at Hyderebad Central University, (Hyderebad, India 2018)

Summer Intensive, (Los Angeles 2016)

Workshop at Centro Párraga with Murcia Actors Union (Murcia, Spain, 2015).

Workshop with Company TDU at Zahrada Centrum Nezavislej Kultury (Banska Bystrica, Slovakia 2014).

Visiting Artist Residency at Aleksander Zelwerowicz Warsaw Theatre Academy (Warsaw, Poland 2014).

Master Class at Dance City (Newcastle, UK 2013).

Workshop at Sala Baratza Aretoa in collaboration with Matej Matejka (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain 2013).

Workshop at Cuartel de Artilleria (Murcia, Spain 2013).

3-week Visting Artist Residence at California Institute of the Arts in collaboration with Matej Matejka (Los Angeles, California, USA, 2013).

The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble with Matej Matejka (Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2012)

Workshop at California Institute for the Arts with Matej Matejka (Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2012).

Workshop at Centro Párraga y Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático (Murcia, Spain, 2011).

Master Class at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT, USA, 2011).

Master Class at La Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático (Murcia, Spain, 2010).

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