Research at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri is conducted not only from a historical/theoretical but also a practical point of view, in order to develop new implementations in the fields of artistic performances and education.

The separation of thoughts, theories and academic practices from the artistic, dating back to the early 19th century, has led to a clear distinction between the figure of the “scientist” and that of the “artist”. While the scientist is considered an expert on objectivity and systematic rigor, the artist represents subjectivity and spontaneity. The two worlds seem to be in contradiction. The artistic research aims to overcome this separation, uniting artists and scientists in dialogue, in order to develop innovative ways to arrive at a communication of the research results merging both aspects: that of the logical/argumentative stemming from a rigorous methodology and that of the aesthetic/expressive quality of the artistic work.

Areas of research
History and Theory of Physical Theatre
Theory and Genealogy of the Clown
Pedagogy of Physical Theatre
Theatre in Educational and Social Contexts

Research projects
Development of Physical Theatre in the European Theatre
DisAbility on Stage
Metamorfosi: Integration of theatrical work in schools
SPASS – Synergies between artistic practices and sustainable travel
Theory and Genealogy of the Clown
The pedagogy of Richard Weber: Cofounder of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri


Simposio sulla Commedia dell’Arte

International Conference: Theory and Genealogy of the Clown

Master Campus: The Clown. Tradition and new perspectives

List of publications with extracts and links to PDFs


Head of Research: Prof. Demis Quadri, PhD

Researchers: Ruth Hungerbühler, PhD
                      Richard Weihe, Adj.Prof, PhD