Polyphonic Body

The Radiant Storyteller

Julianna Bloodgood & Rafał Habel

19 - 25 August

Duration: 33 Hours

Timeline: 10.00 – 14.00 (seminar’s team)

17.00 – 19.30 (collective sessions, rehearsals)

Language: English

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.

We all have within us hundreds of voices, characters, and possibilities of creative manifestation. The Polyphonic Body, is allowing all the elements of the performer’s inner life, vocal possibilities and physical expression to be channeled in a harmonious and contrapuntal way. This workshop is designed to open and integrate all aspects of the performer. Each exercise and experience will cultivate presence, 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; the path to become radiant storyteller.

Led by Rafał Habel and Julianna Bloodgood, formerly of Song of the Goat Theatre, this workshop is physical at its core and ensemble based. Through a physical approach to performance training, 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, creating a visceral understanding of the voice and enlivening new possibilities for song, text and vocal improvisation.

This workshop contributes to the classical actor’s technique, dance, physical and musical theatre by awakening a sense of internal and external rhythm, working with physical impulse, spatial awareness and focus. Each exercise will deepen the 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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Songs of Lear
Portraits of the Cherry Orchard
Dead Walk Love


Julianna BloodgoodJulianna Bloodgood

Julianna Bloodgood, originally from California, USA, was an actress with award winning and critically acclaimed Polish theatre company Song of the Goat Theatre from 2009-2018. With this company she developed, premiered and performed: Songs of Lear; Portraits of the Cherry Orchard; Return to the Voice; Dead Walk Love; Crazy God, Island and Hamlet: A Commentary and has performed throughout Europe, Asia, South America and North America.

Julianna is a resident artist with Theater MITU, a company that investigates global performance as a source for their methodologies. With Theater Mitu, Julianna has performed Indra’s Daughter in A Dream Play; Linda in Death of A Salesman and was involved in the initial research and development of JUAREZ: A Documentary Mythology. She has researched and collaborated with the company internationally including both the Bangkok Artist Intensive and the South Indian Artist Intensive, studying various forms of traditional performance practices.

One important aspect of Julianna’s professional life is community based projects and artistic outreach, using art as a vehicle for healing and change. Julianna is the co-founder of The Dadaab Theater Project, a youth based theater project in the Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya, and is a founding member and co-artistic director of The Great Globe Foundation, a non-profit organization utilizing the power of creativity to inspire and empower the individual voice and to help build bridges between people and communities.

Julianna holds an MA from Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with Song of the Goat Theatre of Poland; a BFA in Acting from the College Conservatory of Music, Department of Acting, University of Cincinnati; and is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, California. Julianna’s work includes anthropological performance research and she has traveled extensively in search of different cultural perspectives on the body, voice and the ritual of performance.

Rafał HabelRafał Habel

Rafał Habel, from Poland, is an actor, teacher and musician, and was a member of the internationally renowned Polish theatre company, Song of the Goat Theatre, from its inception in 1996 to 2018. Rafał has been a key collaborator in the devising process of almost all of Song of the Goat’s performances which have won numerous awards and critical acclaim throughout the world. Performances include – Dithyramb; Chronicles- A Lamentation; Lacrimosa; Macbeth; Songs of Lear; Portraits of the Cherry Orchard; Return to the Voice; Umilowanie: Dead Walk Love; Hamlet A Commentary and The Grand Inquisitor. Rafał has performed and taught throughout Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Asia.

Rafał’s work is a culmination of over 20 years of research, practice and performance in this unique genre of ensemble devised, music based, physical theatre through which he has developed a profound understanding of the connection between movement of the body, sound, text and rhythm. Considered to be one of the main musicians of Song of the Goat, Rafał’s intuitive sense of musicianship 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 Polish chamber folk music group Lautari, and has collaborated with Bread in the Bone Theatre company in Poland and England. Rafał taught on 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, andl was a teacher for Bral School of Acting from 2015-2018. Rafał teaches workshops and masterclasses regularly throughout Europe.