Workshop Season

Each year the centre hosts work sessions led by individual practitioners and theatre companies. We strive to provide opportunities for artists to develop their practice, as leaders and participants, and engage with innovative approaches to making live performances. At Au Brana we endeavor to make all of the residencies as affordable as possible and places are limited to 15 participants per session in order to insure maximum contact with the leaders.

All accommodation is provided on-site and all meals are provided with produce sourced from the local farmer’s market, or groups can self cater. Please contact Oliviero at to be added to the workshop mailing list.


We are proud to host the 2018 season, a broad mix of disciplines and approaches to contemporary practice. Au Brana will host a collection of top contemporary practitioners in theatre and dance, we are confident you will find lots to satisfy your creative curiosity and expand your professional experience. Full workshop outlines and application information can be found by following the links, here are the dates at a glance.

22nd – 26th May FABIAN WIXE; The Importance of Doing – Intensive training for dancers and physical performers

Fabian will be leading a 5 day workshop combining his extensive research and techniques of floor work, increasing one’s proprioception, and listening through improvisation. “I propose a week workshop mixing morning training with afternoons full of improvisations and composition, minimum of 6hrs per day; a work session in which you can learn new techniques and apply them immediately. I am looking for performers and dancers who wish to develop their skills and spend a week exploring their own physicality in relation to a group.” For full details and how to apply, go to the OBRA website here

6th – 10th May MARION CASTAILLET ET NELSON MARTINEZ  Contemporary Dance Workshop

An immersive and intense dance residency with Toulouse based dancer/choreographers Marion Castaillet, Brothafromanotha mothercompany, and Nelson Martinez. Full details to follow soon, but you can apply directly with Marion by writing to and have a look at Marion on facebook here


OBRA will be collaborating with writer Lucy Burnett, exploring and researching how physicality and use of the body as primary source material impacts upon writing and the generation of language for performance. These Open Sessions are an invitation for all artists, from any discipline, to engage with the research being undertaken by OBRA, as such they are cheap! For full details and to apply go to the OBRA website here


Each year Au Brana call out for applications by companies or individual artists who would like to use the centre’s facilities for FREE. Yes the ABCD gives you 9 days full access to the centre for no hire fee, including the studio, dormitory and kitchen. For all information and to fill in an application follow link here, ABCD


OBRA theatre will be leading a 3 week intensive residential session for makers and performers from any discipline, led by company members Kate Papi, Oliviero Papi, Eilon Morris and Fabian Wixe. An opportunity to plunge into their rigorous and innovative approach to theatre making, actor training and devising for performance, all focussed upon the relationship between the physical life of the performer and language. For full outline and applications go to the OBRA website here

6th – 11th August SHOW IN A WEEK;OBRA Workshop for Adolescents

This workshop for +14 yrs old artists, led by Kate Hannah Papi of OBRA theatre is a great chance for young makers to gain skills and experience in the devising process and techniques for theatre. In 1 week the participants devise, write and create a piece of theatre in residence at Au Brana. The final piece is performed for a public audience in the municipal theatre of Fleurance.  For more information follow link here

20th – 25th August EILON MORRIS; Simultaneity and Ensemble

Theatre practitioner, percussionist and OBRA company member Dr Eilon Morris will lead a week of training for performers. The work is accessible to artists from all backgrounds keen on developing their sensitivity, awareness and creativity through musicality in their work. For full details of Eilon’s session go to the OBRA website here

27th – 31st August MARION CASTAILLET Contemporary Dance

Intensive residency with dancer and choreographer Marion Castaillet, Brothafromanotha Mothercompany. We are very excited to have Marion twice in a calendar year, do not miss out on this chance to work with an artist of the highest quality. Full details to follow soon, but you can apply directly with Marion by writing to and have a look at Marion on facebook here

5th – 12th September JOHN BRITTON; Collective Creation for Solo Performers

We are always happy to have John back, John will be running a single of week residency this year, Collective Creation for Solo Performers, a superbly supportive week of creation and collaboration. For full details and to reserve a place with John, see the Duende website here