"Polyphonic Body: The Radiant Storyteller"

Coordination: Julianna Bloodgood & Rafał Habel

18 - 24 August

  Please, contact the administration desk to explore other options. 

Duration: 30 Hours
Timeline: 10.30 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 19.30

Limited places
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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Dead Walk Love

Songs of Lear
Portraits of the Cherry Orchard
Crazy God


Julianna Bloodgood
Julianna Bloodgood

Julianna Bloodgood, originally from California, USA, has an extensive research based practice in the connection of body and voice, as well as physical and ensemble devised theatre of which she teaches internationally. Julianna 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 toured: 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 in Thailand, India and the UAE 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.

Currently, Julianna collaborates with the Slovakian theatre company Honey and Dust and has recently devised and premiered Uninteresting Scream with which she is touring internationally. 

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.

Photo: Karol Jarek

rafal 2020 Rafał Habel

Rafał Habel, from Poland, is an actor, pedagog, teacher and musician who’s work is a culmination of 25 years of research, practice and performance in a unique genre of ensemble devised, music based- physical theatre. Rafał has developed a profound understanding of the ensemble and theatrical development and with that a deep understanding of the connection between movement, voice, music, text and rhythm. 

Rafał 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 including the Edinburg Festival "Fringe First" in 2006 and 2012. 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 was a member of the award winning Polish chamber folk music group Lautari and his 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 currently collaborates with the Slovakian theatre company Honey and Dust and has recently devised and premiered Uninteresting Scream which tours internationally. Rafał also collaborated with Bread in the Bone Theatre company in Poland and England, creating Unreal City and Don Quixote. Rafał taught on the MA in Acting course through Manchester Metropolitan University run by Song of the Goat Theatre in Poland from 2004-2012, the London School of Performance Practices, Rose Bruford College and was a teacher for Song of the Goat Theatre from 2004-2018. Rafał teaches workshops and masterclasses regularly throughout Europe.

Photo: Mateusz Bral