Jos Baker and Rob Hayden
This workshop will look at the creation, refinement and performance of theatrical material. Participants will take a collaborative approach to guiding one another to find greater intensity and impact through intuition and analysis.
We will work with both text and action, how they align or contradict each other and what effect does this have. Is there something hidden? What is the underlying subtext beneath a theatrical idea and how can we understand and change the context to create a different outcome?
How do we build, maintain and release tension through a scene? How can we construct the integrity of a scene through managing tension, thereby creating dramatic tensegrity? Work with contraction and release, the build-up of expectation and resolution.
Coming from relatively different fields on the performance spectrum, Rob and Jos propose to work with a select group of performers building up to a presentation on Thursday 18, January.
Open to experienced performers interested in developing their theatrical tools.
Jos Baker’s biography:
Jos Baker is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and founder of Trodden Dreams.
He started his dance training at the age of 7 with Oxford Youth Dance and then continued his formal education first at The Laban Center London and then at PARTS [Performing Arts Research and Training Studios] in Brussels.
From 2008 to 2014, Jos worked for Peeping Tom as a dancer, actor and collaborator, principally with the productions 32 Rue Vandenbranden , and A Louer . Since then he worked briefly for DV8 Physical Theatre on the production of John .
Jos’ choreographic work includes Put Out the Flame [2019-20] and The Smallest Little Thing  commissioned by The Hong Kong Arts Festival.
His solo work includes Know it all , Of no fixed abode  Creature Man Don’Tell Me . We were youth , Afla , Feedback , We were youth . Jos also directed and performed in Paris Fashion Week to promote Petit Bateau’s Cedric Charlier collection  and has made numerous pieces with students in professional dance training.
On film Jos made several music videos and short films; as a dancer and choreographic assistant to Damien Jalet for Anima , a Thom Yorke project directed by Paul Thomas Andersson. He has also directed the short films The Hole , Shift  and Put Out the Flame . Other screen work includes; Forgot to live  by Ay Wing, and Let it Roll  by Mustard Gas and Roses directed by Koen Mortier, and Biegga savkala duoddariid duohken lea soames  by Elle Sofe Henrikseni, and movement direction for Violet Hour  by St Claire and directed by Tamsin Topolski. In addition to several commercials as both performer and movement director.
He also teaches a wide range of classes and workshops for professional dancers and dance students.
Rob Hayden’s biography:
Born in the US, Robert was a nationally competitive gymnast for 13 years and in 1989 enrolled in the BFA curriculum for theatre and dance at the University of New Mexico.
He joined Ultima Vez in 2002, performing in the creations Blush, Sonic Boom, PUUR, Spiegel and the revivals of What the Body Does Not Remember and In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. Since 2009, he has collaborated as director, choreographer, performer, and composer with various artists from both Belgium and abroad.
His own work combines over 20 years of practical and theoretical research and experience into performance, dance, theatre, sound/music, voice and movement.
He regularly teaches workshops internationally and is currently based in Brussels.
Tictac small studio (limited amount of participants)
Dates and times:
11:00 – 13:00 and 14:30 – 17:30
100 € registration fee
500 € total