Education to Theatricality and the Human Relationship: The Creative Movement

Gaetano Oliva

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Education to Theatricality is an art that develops the human thought through both the performative, expressive and literary arts and the human sciences—in particular pedagogy, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and anthropology. Education for Theatricality aims to educate people through the expressive arts, and at the same time to educate them to the expressive arts by developing the personal creativity and expressiveness of every person. The article investigates the relationship between creative movement and body language for the development of the person’s relationship and communication skills. The study presents both a theoretical and a small practical reflection; the approach of the present work bases its scientific considerations in the field of Education to Theatricality. The process of knowing oneself and developing relational skills takes place in the expressive laboratory. In this physical and mental space, the person acts with his body; first of all, it reappropriates or discovers its own natural condition (or pre-expressive). Subsequently, he develops his language and his creativity. Furthermore, the body is a place of emotions; learning to control gestures, movements, voice, facial expression (all the physical elements with which we come into contact with others) means to become extremely competent in terms of communication. This belief is corroborated by recent neuroscience studies; in fact, they are investigating the correspondence between body action and brain response. When one person observes the movement of another, the same neurons of the person who is moving are activated in his brain; this process occurs even if the observer does not actually physically perform the movement. Within this perspective, the laboratory of expressive arts can really be a useful tool not only to promote artistry but also and above all to build a new educational and didactic methodology to develop “the human relationship”. The means and instrument of this methodology are the bodies; a real body, daily, normal. The body that everyone has and that can become the means for a new humanism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2147-2173
Number of pages27
VolumeVol.10 No.10, October 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Education to Theatricality
  • theater


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