State Of Readiness - Rafal Habel
May 23-26, Thursday- Sunday | 10:00 - 15:00
Limited number of participants
Baumstrasse : Servion 8, 2th floor, Athens, Greece
Photo by © Mateusz Bral
Awakening organic impulses and revealing one's inner life.
Led by Rafał Habel, this workshop explores internal and external readiness for the actor. Ideal for those using their body as the key element in the theatrical or any creative devising process, or anyone seeking to discover new sources of physical creativity. The core of this training involves integrating body and physical impulse, voice and movement, emotions and imagination. This training will apply exercises based on years of practice and research in ensemble based physical theatre; thoroughly working with the individual, the partner and the ensemble. We will awaken a sense of togetherness, internal and external rhythm, physical impulses, spatial awareness and focus. The state of readiness developed through this training enhances and expands our possibilities in classical theatre acting, physical theatre, dance and film by creating within the performer a sense of potential and aliveness.
We seek to develop presence; to reveal a 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.
Each participant is asked to prepare a text (classical, contemporary or poetry) that is close to their heart.
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.