In the present introduction the editors' team of this special issue tell the story of how this collection was conceived and shaped. The narration follows the team's initial intentions and the dramatic shift that the pandemic emergency imposed in the Spring 2020. The editors also make explicit the special issue's structure and its content, presented in dramaturgical progression: the academic articles, the commentaries and the poetic epilogue. The purpose of the special issue is to explore possible bridgings between contemporary workplace performance and theatre performance in terms of embodied learning and innovation for sustainability. The artistic practices pervade human beings' everyday life. The experience of pandemic crisis has revealed what is necessary: when life is stripped out of all basic freedom -freedom to move, to choose, to meet- and "normal" routines, what is left? What seems to be left, is the fundamental need to be together.