Pathosformel – biographical notes

edited by Lorenzo Guerrieri
Daniel Blanga Gubbay and Paola Villani met in Venice in 2004, as students of Giorgio Agamben at IUAV, after having attended different courses (history of art, design, political philosophy). The study of Aby Warburg moved them to choose the name Pathosformel for the company they were to create. “Pathosformel” indicated the constant recurrence of certain archetypical images all along the history of art. The first projects they presented were Volta (Vault) (2007) and La timidezza delle ossa (The shyness of the bones) (2008), for which they received a special praise of the Premio Scenario 2007.
Together they took part in an academic workshop with Societas Raffaello Sanzio, and after that Romeo Castellucci offered them a six-months residence at Cesena’s Teatro Comandini. Since 2007 Pathosformel has been part of the project Fies Factory One, and a member of Apa,the European network for performing art.
In 2008 the new company put on La più piccola distanza (The shortest distance), and was awarded the Special UBU Prize 2008 for the realization of a theatre that was “abstract and physical, a theatre carried on with a distinct, stratified mark, that makes of the research on body and matter a starting point from which it restores a visionary, fragmented, deconstructed theatrality, extremely charming, bursting in the national as well as the international scene. All this realizes a crucial link between conceptual art and theatre”.

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Writings by artists and interviews

Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Il corpo tradotto Racconto fantastico a più dimensioni, «»

Marco Lombardo Interview with Pathosformel, «» 8 February 2010

Jacopo Lanteri, Interview with Pathosformel, in Jacopo Lanteri, Iperscene 2, Editoria&Spettacolo, Rome 2009

Pathosformel, Farewell letter to the theater, on Facebook page of the Pathosformel January 2014

Redazione Pointblank, Interview with Pathosformel, «» 6 November 2014

Critical writings

Fabio Acca, Pathosformel e il teatro come no man's land, in Jacopo Lanteri, Iperscene 2, Editoria&Spettacolo, Rome 2009


Interview with Pathosformel,

edited by Il tamburo di Kattrin,
about the "La collezione" workshop in Venice

Concert for harmonium and city - Pathosformel,


T.E.R.R.Y. - Pathosformel,


Teatrography, , edited by Lorenzo Guerrieri


Bibliography, edited by Lorenzo Guerrieri