Embracing the Unknown


10 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min

‘Creative Intercultural Encounters online’

Awaken and energise your creativity on- and offline in a playful way through different artistic techniques in a safe and engaging digital environment.

 ‘Creative techniques are not only for artists – we believe that everyone can benefit from them’

Trainers, teachers and managers have been challenged to work with their groups, teams and colleagues online without much opportunity for personal development support. Uncertainty and isolation are at the heart of our recent crisis, regardless of profession, age or experience. Creative techniques can help transform anxiety-provoking situations into meaningful experiences, which enable us to grow personally and connect with others. With the arts, we learn to appreciate the questions that are present everywhere and the ability to creatively respond to them.

The workshops designed by Embracing the Unknown, a team of artists based in several European countries, offer a carefully curated journey through accessible exercises that put the imagination, the body and the mind in motion. Building on our professional experiences as artists, we offer a method for becoming more fully present in the online space, and therefore more powerful, creative and effective.

The workshops aim to help participants acquire agency in the digital space through embodied communication. We focus on activating the imagination, relaxation, expressiveness and body language by engaging in creative exchanges and reflective moments. Embracing the Unknown is a fun and exciting way to develop intercultural communication skills in a safe and innovative hybrid space of encounter.

 The workshops

This interdisciplinary workshop-cycle consists of two 3-hour sessions, led by two artists from the performing arts and an intercultural scholar. The sessions move through several artistic techniques, creating a dialogue between the participants. Trust-building is an important part of the process, enabling participants to connect across cultures and disciplines and emerge enriched from the experience. The exercises focus on the flow, energy and dynamics of the process as well as taking the time to reflect and exchange on the experiences rather than on creating an “end product”. They welcome and encourage individual contributions to the group connection.

Expected outcomes for improving communication skills and creativity: 

  • Increased resilience when faced with uncertainty
  • Increased agency and creativity in digital / hybrid space
  • Enhanced embodied and multimodal communication
  • Enhanced personal reflective and creative skills and techniques
  • Enhanced intercultural awareness


Embracing the Unknown

is the name of a team of four artists from the field of performance, dance, jazz, classical music, theater and art therapy, and one academic in the field of languages and interculturality, residing in four different European countries. “Embracing the Unknown” is a working group of the Parliament of Practices (PoP), a platform of exchange for scholars and artists supported by the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium. PoP is a nomadic, on- and offline environment of research and dialogue in and through practices, hosting public workshops, lectures, artistic performances and dialogues. They currently collaborate with the Université Paris-Saclay and Porto University.


The “Embracing the Unknown” Team:

Marta Wryk

is a Cologne-based Polish mezzo-soprano working as a soloist at the major concert halls and opera theaters of Europe, performing music from the Baroque era to contemporary music. She is equally passionate about educating and building bridges between people using music and creativity and has served as an educator and in various social projects.

Marije Nie

is a professional tap dancer, musician, performer, teacher, artistic researcher and producer, working internationally for over 25 years in concerts, performances, films and festivals. She brings tap dancing into unexpected contemporary and interdisciplinary settings. She is resident artist at the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (DK) and co-founder of artist research platform Cross Pollination and Parliament of Practices. www.marijenie.com

Christoph Falke

is theatre director and founder / artistic director of STUDIO 7 THEATER, a theater research ensemble based in Schwerte, Germany. He studied German Language, Philosophy and Theatre Science and practised as an actor and director. A big influence in his work is Japanese Classical Theatre in Tokyo with Hideo Kanze/Noh Theatre, Kosuke Nomura/Kyogen and Katsuko Azuma/Nihon Buyo. www.studio7.de

Tapani Mononen

is a Finnish-born actor, director and art therapist who studied acting and directing in Finland, Denmark and Italy, where he has been living and working for 22 years. His work as an artist is a search for the authentic and personal. His therapeutic studies have helped him to bring much more awareness to his work. His interest for many years has been the connection and unity between the person and the artist, allowing his art to become more authentic, personal and spontaneous.


Vera Mihailovich-Dickman

is a Franco-South-African associate professor of English and Interculturality. She combines English and Intercultural competence development skills through embodied practices of learning through the interactive exploration of critical incidents, supported by intercultural theory and awareness-raising.  Her academic studies on the contemporary French dual artist Henri Michaux led her to a doctoral thesis in History and Semiology of Text and Image with subsequent publications and exhibitions. She is an associate member of  the SLAM Lab at the Université d’Evry, a PlugIn Lab of the Université Paris-Saclay, of SIETAR France and of the Institut Mines-Telecom Didalang laboratory.





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