Daniel Linehan and Michael Helland
Awakening to Wonder
This workshop takes place in Daniel Linehan @ Tictac, a carte blanche week with activities by Daniel Linehan.
The days will start with a meditation session guided by himself and open for anyone to join, followed by a full days workshop by Daniel Linehan and Michael Helland.
An evening program for that week will be announced later.
In this intensive workshop guided by Daniel Linehan and Michael Helland, we explore the power of dance and embodied practice to help open our minds to heightened states of awareness, as we take a deep dive into the marvelous wonders that we are.
We flow through a balance of physical grounding exercises and consciousness expansion practices, tapping into streams of inspired action to find deeper roots into the material universe of our bodies, while also connecting branches towards the sky of cosmic awareness around and within us. We activate our bodies to help shake our minds loose from habitual and limiting patterns of thought, discovering creative fluidity and an enlarged imagination. We trust in the vibrant intelligence that lives in our bodies, in our bones, in our cells. We allow our hearts to dance us. We invite life to dance us.
The morning session begins with active attunements, opening the map of our bodies into the space which holds our vital presence. We move through choreographic games and guided visualizations powered by embodied wonderment. Through rigorous amplifications we find the edges of our senses and dance, crafting waves of energetic catharsis and flow states. We dance from the heart, from the breath, from the guts, and beyond, opening channels of inner wisdom and spaces for healing.
The afternoon unfolds into a round robin dance extravaganza, using the map of morning practices to create clusters and landmarks for a robust ecstatic dance jam. We consider our dance as a gift to ourselves, to one another, and to the space, as we enter into a collective gifting ceremony. We ride waves of perpetual motion to find the edges and limits of acceleration, to arrive in a state of sacred exhaustion and radical repose, mindfully winding down through modes of integration, reflection, and after-care.
Daniel Linehan and Michael Helland’s biography:
Linehan’s choreographic work is intent on softly obscuring the line that separates dance from everything else. He approaches performance-making from the point of view of a curious amateur, testing various interactions between dance and non-dance forms, searching for unlikely conjunctions, juxtapositions, and parallels between texts, movements, images, songs, videos, and rhythms.
Linehan first studied dance in Seattle and then moved to New York in 2004. In 2007, he premiered the solo Not About Everything, which has since been presented in over 75 venues internationally. In 2008, Linehan moved to Brussels where he completed the Research Cycle at P.A.R.T.S. in 2010, and has since created numerous dance performances in Belgium, as well as special workshops, podcasts, and a book.He established the dance company Hiatus in 2014, which is supported by the Flemish authorities. He is regularly invited as a guest teacher and mentor at dance institutions worldwide. He is also trained as a mindfulness meditation teacher.Daniel Linehan was Creative Associate at deSingel International Arts Campus from 2017-2021.
Working at the crossroads of theatrical presentation, exhibition-based contexts, and public art modalities, Michael Helland makes creative interventions aimed to foster social connectivity and help folks face the dark uncertainty of the future with love and light. In addition to leading dance, yoga and mindfulness workshops, he performs intuitive bodywork rituals and is a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Massage practitioner since 2022. In 2019 he facilitated the Temporary Body Worker Union at Workspacebrussels and completed the Conscious Living yoga teacher training program at Yyoga.
His research-in-action RECESS was awarded a 2017 Flemish research grant and presented in New York, Brussels, and Berlin. He works as the artistic assistant to Daniel Linehan and has appeared in the works of Maria Hassabi, Christian Bakalov, Isabel Lewis, Tino Sehgal, Heather Kravas, Xavier Le Roy, Eleanor Bauer, and Marina Abramović, among others. He has been honored with a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award, Danceweb scholarship, and Jardin d’Europe Wild Card residency. Helland holds degrees in Dance and in Community, Environment, and Planning from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was also an Integrated Graduate Education Research Training Fellow in Urban Eco
Dates and times:
April 8 – 12
8:30-9:30 open meditation session (small studio, by donation, only requirement is to be on time).
10:00-13:00 and 14:30-17:30 Awakening to Wonder workshop (big studio)
80 € registration fee
300 € total