We will wake up in the body what it seems to not remember.
This open level movement exploration and contemporary dance workshop mindfully trains the brain alongside the body, to develop awareness and choice. The workshop will range from meditative to impulsive, but with an ‘as we
are, not as we want to be’ approach. Tools and guiding are offered throughout the workshop to enable subtle and gross awareness and develop presence. The goal is to observe and understand the animal inside, to recognize the direct weave of the mind and body, and to learn how mindful decision and wildness can coexist. The workshop is inspired from working with companies Ultima Vez and Emanuel Gat Dance and through years of daily meditation.
On the first day, we will dance and move around the space together using tools to expand awareness to the subtle and gross sensations in our bodies while at the same time accepting what we find without attachment or avulsion. We will awaken our other senses and play with how they can affect our movement experience. We will work in a way that encourages new pathways in the brain that lead to a more present state of being rather than a destination focus.
The second day will attend to empathic moving and to that wildness inside, that animal that we all are. There will be games and structured play to benefit reflex and proper response training built around the concepts of equanimity that we will explore in the first day. We can tap into a hyper-intelligence when we can move from this animal, without fear or self-judging, but it is also important to practice a calmness of mind and full awareness to take care of your own body and the bodies around you. Therefore, I do recommend to take the first day of the workshop before this animal exploration we will do on day two.
The class is open to and beneficial for all levels of movers, from the curious beginner to hardened professional. “My hope is to share some of the ideas and tools that have helped me in my professional and personal life so that the student can take and use them in their journeys to become their own teacher,” says Eddie.
EDDIE BRUNO OROYAN
Animal mindfulness. It is search for balance. After an injury in late 2014, Oroyan began a practice of meditation and observation. His performing and studies have long included animal reflex training and proper response. His new practice teaches him curiosity and awareness of the more subtle and delicate, the empathetic. After returning to performing and teaching, Oroyan is moved to explore and share these discoveries through the stage and classroom.
Oroyan is in his fifth year with Ultima Vez, having toured and performed primarily with What the Body Does not Remember and, currently, in the production of In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. He has also been working with Emmanuel Gat Dance since2017 and is currently working on the project STORY WATER, that will premiere in Avignon, France in July. His experience spans Creach/Company, Shapiro & Smith, ARENA Dances, Zenon, Andrea Miller, and Roberto Olivan. He was a founding mover and an Artistic Associate for company Black Label Movement and continues as an active choreographer. His most recent collaborations presented at American Dance Festival 2014 (w/ Carl Flink) and Zürich Tanzt 2015 (w/ Rakesh Sukesh). Eddie presented a solo in 2016 at P12 Space in Brussels and is currently developing a duet with Natalia Pieczuro and Jessica Eirado Enes .
Photo Credit: Danny Willems