WS Acting is a paradox with Pasquale Esposito

Acting is a paradox with Pasquale Esposito

"All men are acting, only few actors don't!" - Eugene Ionesco

Acting seems to be a paradox, at least in my vision of acting. Let me give you an example.

An actor speaks the lines, he/she did not write, experiences a sequence of events that are not real most of the time in a place that is completely made up, with somebody that we never saw before and still: When done greatly, his/her performance resonates and seems “truthful.” That's a paradox.

So how can something fictional, feel real? How can you bring a greater sense of aliveness and authenticity into a performance? These questions will be under the light of our attention in these few days. I like what Tennessee Williams wrote in Glass Menagerie. At the beginning of the play, when the character Tom enters, he addresses the audience and says: 

"Yes I have tricks in my pockets, I have things up my sleeve, but I’m the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you the truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion."

When I started to practice Zen my Teacher gave me a black cloth to wear and called Rakusu and behind it was written: "The roots of illusion and the roots of reality are the same.“ That was a very important moment for me to start to question the roots, the nature of perception.

How about to consider, that there is nothing to do, in order to be “authentic”, but to spot the inauthenticity?  To be aware of how inauthentic I am and that precise moment is inevitably and fully authentic. To become fully aware of how inauthentic I am, is that precise moment in which the authenticity and originality of what I am is expressed.

How many times do we hear “Stop acting”! This is easy to say and still it is something that cannot be done. No acting is the art of acting. This is more a consequence of a maturation as human being, who has as main interest questions like “what is true?”,  “what is real?”, rather a special technique or methodology to work on.

This is an invitation to become aware of ourselves and allow a shift from seeking to finding!!!

On this weekend, we will work on short scenes and occasionally use the camera to explore some of the points exposed above.


Acting is a paradox

with Pasquale Esposito

"All men are acting, only few actors don't!" 

 FR 27. AUGUST 18:30 - 21:30 Uhr 

SA 28. AUGUST 13:30 - 19:30 Uhr

SO 29. AUGUST 13:30 - 19:30 Uhr 


Für Erwerbstätige mit "Spielraum"


Für Menschen mit geringem Einkommen

Pasquale Esposito

Pasquale Esposito was born in Italy, he started to travel at an early age and after spending some years in L.A. at the moment he is living in the north of Germany, Hamburg. With his wife and twins. Pasquale is a professional actor working in both theatre and in the film industry in Italy.

He has been practicing Zen (Soto) Buddhism since 1993 and was officially ordained in 2001 at the Fudenji Zen Temple in Italy. He studied acting with Susan Batson, Sandra and Greta Seacat (in New York) with Francesca De Sapio in Rome. With Dominique De Fazio (actor Studio’s member) he studied and collaborated for many years. After he completed the De Fazio System training he taught at the Studio De Fazio in Rome, Germany and Los Angeles for 4 years.

He founded the ”Research Company art and awareness” with which he propose artistic projects and his reasearch. He direct with his Company the Theatre Project “A looking Glass” in Munich. A very important part of his education comes from the “Gurdjieff’s teaching” which he followed in Rome, Los Angeles and London. Pasquale is been part of the main cast of the International Tv Show Gomorrah and he won an award for his role played in the Tv series. Gomorrah has been distributed in 190 countries including UK, Germany, Spain, USA and others Country. Pasquale is teaching at the Drama, Theatre and performance department of University of Huddersfield in Manchester in UK. He loves to keep training as boxing as amateur to keep himself awake.