Robert Hayden The Awakened Body workshop in Freiburg
physical, dance and performance training open for all: actors, dancers and performers.

Where: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

When: 22,23,24.03.2019

Deadline for applications: 21.03.2019

About the workshop

The overriding emphasis is on developing within oneself what can be called the ‘total act’; a state wherein the performer opens to a wider range of one’s own ‘movement as a theatrical act’ rather than as a technique.

Drawing from over a decade of experience working with Ultima Vez and based on over 25 years of performance research into dance, theatre, and music, the central focus of this workshop will concentrate on concrete, yet, simple asks designed to deal with risk. Confronting this volatile starting point is the first step in helping one to access with greater awareness their own creative reservoir and put it into action. Once unlocked, our attention, intention and awareness guide our work naturally.

We begin with a series of physical exercises that enable one to establish a strong and vital body-breath connection. These exercises are also designed to gradually unlock the flow of living impulses within the body. By doing so, we allow our attention, intention and awareness to flow more freely. Gradually we start to pierce into the heart of our unknown, hidden, or ‘shadow’ sides both within ourselves and within our work. Naturally, this asks us to develop a greater awareness and trust regarding the dynamic relationship between impulse and action.
Elements of physical, psychological, and emotional risk will be introduced each day, challenging our individual limitations, inviting us to go beyond them, revealing our unique language and presence as performers.
We will then introduce compositional tools combining movement, spatial and rhythmic awareness through improvised scores. We will also focus on the relationships between precision and organicity, awareness of space and one’s ability to react to its constituent elements, improvisation within a structure as well as dramaturgical elaboration.

This workshop is open to all actors, dancers, and performers. Training shoes required.

Robert Hayden

Born in the US, Robert was a nationally competitive gymnast for 13 years and in 1989 enrolled in the BFA curriculum for theatre and dance at the University of New Mexico.
He joined Ultima Vez in 2002, performing in the creations Blush, Sonic Boom, PUUR, Spiegel and the revivals of What the Body Does Not Remember and In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. Since 2009, he has collaborated as director, choreographer, performer, and composer with various artists from both Belgium and abroad.
His own work combines over 20 years of practical and theoretical research and experience into performance, dance, theatre, sound/music, voice and movement.
He regularly teaches workshops internationally and is currently based in Brussels.

Friday 17:00-20:00
Saturday 10:00-18:00 ( with one-hour lunch break)
Sunday 10:00-18:00 ( with one-hour lunch break)

Lörracher Strasse 45, OG 2, TIP Schule

125- Students
135-155- Normal (sliding scale)



Hosted by: bewegungs-art // tanznetz|freiburg
Funded by: TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund
with the support of the German Federal Government
Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
And running in Cooperation with the cultural center E-Werk.

How to apply: Application with short info to background and experience:

Costs for participants:
Students 125 €
Regular price 135 – 155€ sliding scale

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