Musicality of the Body

Julianna Bloodgood (Poland), Rafal Habel (Poland)

27 August - 2 September

Duration: 30 hours

Working time: 10.00 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 19.00

Language: English

Limited number of participants: max 20

For performance professionals and advanced students, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to examine how the body, voice, imagination and ensemble can be utilized to find new sources of creativity.

Led by Rafał Habel and Julianna Bloodgood of Song of the Goat Theatre, this workshop is physical at its core and ensemble based. An in-depth exploration of the relationship between body, voice, text and music; otherwise known as the Coordination Technique.

Through a physical approach to acting training, we seek to reveal an honest and authentic body whereby revealing the actor’s inner life and enlivening the entire creative process. Every aspect of the work creates a deep sense of listening and responsiveness to the impulses that arise within one’s own body and from the collective ensemble. We will deepen the body-voice connection and explore how sound is derived and physically experienced. That through a flow of movement and breath we can awaken sound vibrations within the body resonating the bones and tissues creating a visceral understanding of the voice and enlivening new possibilities for song, text and vocal improvisation.

We seek to develop presence; to reveal a voice and body that is open and free, expressive and capable of communicating emotional truth thus bringing to bear our most authentic, vulnerable and creatively powerful state.

This workshop contributes to the classical actor’s technique, theatre or film by awakening a sense of internal and external rhythm, working with physical impulse, spatial awareness and focus. Each exercise will deepen body’s connection to impulses and stimulus and gradually interconnect all aspects of the craft. The manifestation of the work is dynamic, contemplative and entirely musical.

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BBC Interview with Grzegorz Bral director of Song of the Goat Theatre

Songs of Lear

Portraits of the Cherry Orchard

Return to the Voice

Dead Walk Love

Julianna-sJulianna Bloodgood

Julianna Bloodgood, from the USA, began her work with multi-award winning theatre company Teatr Pieśń Kozła (Song of the Goat Theatre) in 2009. Julianna holds an MA from Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with Song of the Goat Theatre of Poland; a BFA in Dramatic Performance from the College Conservatory of Music, Department of Drama, University of Cincinnati; and is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Since the completion of her MA in Acting she has developed and performed with Song of the Goat Theatre: Songs of Lear; Portraits of the Cherry Orchard; Return to the Voice; and Umiłowanie:Dead Walk Love. Julianna has traveled extensively in search of different cultural perspectives on the body, voice and the ritual of performance leading her to research in South East India, Kenya, Thailand, the UAE, Spain, Bulgaria and the Native American Reservations of Arizona.
Julianna has a vast background in movement and has studied dance for over 20 years; has practiced yoga for 13 years; is a certified Pilates Teacher and has encountered various forms of traditional dance and martial arts. Her background in voice has lead to an in-depth exploration of sound as communication and expression, studying vocal production, classical voice, as well as multiple cultural and traditional forms of voice and singing. Through her teaching and facilitation, she is developing her own unique approach to connecting and understanding the link between body and voice, known as Yoga of the Voice or Voice of the Body. This is a practice of sensitizing and experiencing the body as the source of all creativity, understanding the ‘origins of sound’ and developing an authentic and versatile body and voice capable of expressing emotional truth. Her teaching extends to strengthening and unifying the ensemble, ensemble singing, improvisation and song interpretation, as well as physical training.
In addition to leading her own workshops in the United States; Poland; Scotland; England; India; Greece and Kenya, Julianna has assisted in numerous workshops with members of Song of the Goat Theatre and has served as a faculty member for the College Conservatory of Music, Department of Drama and Department of Dance at the University of Cincinnati and a teacher for Bral School of Acting.

Rafal-sRafal Habel

Rafał Habel, master teacher, actor and musician, has been a member of the internationally renowned Polish theatre company, Song of the Goat, since its inception in 1996. Hailed as the most exciting and innovative of the new Avant-garde theatre movements in Poland, his performances with Pieśń Kozła include – Dithyramb; Chronicles- A Lamentation; Lacrimosa; Macbeth; Songs of Lear; Portraits of the Cherry Orchard andReturn to the Voice. Rafał has performed and taught throughout Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Asia. Rafał was one of the teachers in the MA in Acting course through Manchester Metropolitan University run by Song of the Goat Theatre in Poland from 2004 - 2012, and the London School of Performance Practices in conjunction with Rose Bruford College in 2014.
Rafał’s work is a culmination of nearly 20 years of research, practice and performance in this unique genre of ensemble devised, music and physical theatre through which he has developed a profound understanding of the connection between movement of the body, sound, text and rhythm. Rafał is referred to as the company’s musician and his intuitive sense of music and rhythm has led him to learn various instruments from around the world with which he has created original soundscapes and compositions for the theatre. He is a former member of the award winning chamber folk music group Lautari from Wrocław, Poland, and has collaborated with Bread in the Bone Theatre company in Poland and England.