O-2 / The Awakened Body
In the frame of Oster Tanz 2019
The overriding emphasis of the workshop, "The Awakened Body", is on developing within oneself a state wherein the performer gains access to the full range and potential of one’s own unique language of movement. We begin with a series of physical exercises to establish a strong and vital body-breath connection, unlocking the psycho-physical barriers that we consciously or unconsciously impose, thereby opening and allowing the flow of living impulses within the body. Tools for composition will be introduced integrating movement, spatial and rhythmic awareness. We will focus on the relationships between precision and organicity, spatial awareness 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.
Born in the US, Robert Hayden 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.