The Conscious Body is a research project in the field of embodiment and actor's training that addresses how to achieve an intense and creative performance by means of empowering one's stage presence. It has been developed by Ivan Andrade since 2013 through workshops and classes in Barcelona, London, Taiwan, Australia, and Canada.
The Conscious Body is a structured methodology that aims at teaching actors, dancers, and singers how to engage an embodied performance. It provides insights into how to deliver an intense, truthful, and creative performance by means of achieving a high level of presence and perception onstage.
The Conscious Body addresses some essential functions of the performing body such as
in order to access a state of embodiment in which the mind is hardly in control of the situation. Thus, the performer’s actions and movements emerge as a spontaneous response to external stimuli or the body’s expressive needs.
The Conscious Body Training Program aims at providing practical experience about the phenomena of flow and creativity as states that we can engage as performers only if we agree to not know what is going to happen. In order to achieve that, it is essential that the performer develops a great self-confident and acknowledges the natural flow of fear that arises in the body in such a situation,allows it and lets it become his/her source of energy and drive.
The Conscious Body Training Program is aimed at performers who want to transcend the aesthetics of technique and devote themselves to finding paths into a performance that is new, uncanny and creative each time.
The Conscious Body Training Program includes but is not limited to the exploration of the somatic body through respiration, contraction and relaxation, the development of one’s body perception, dealing with fear, anger, pain or shame as natural experiences inherent to reality with the purpose of accessing a silent and healthy body that is flexible, present, full of energy and ready to work to the full of its own potential.
The Conscious Body has been presented in universities, theatre companies, and centres for artistic research and creation of Spain, UK, Turkey, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand.
Check our Agenda to see where and when the new activities of The Conscious Body are taking place.
Aquest treball ha canviat completament la manera com visc la música avui dia. He après a ser dalt de l'escenari, a experimentar la por que això em suposa de manera conscient i, el més important, com permetre-la perquè aquesta por no em controli. He esdevingut més conscient d'àrees del meu cos on sostinc tensió i com deixar-la anar. M'ha sorprès enormement com, deixant anar tot aquest esforç innecessari, moltes de les meves dificultats tècniques també desapareixien.
Jazz Singer, Barcelona
Aquest entrenament m'ha permès aconseguir un sorprenent nivell de llibertat, intensitat i lleugeresa en les meves actuacions. He aconseguit superar reptes vocals i expressius que mai no hagués imaginat. Recomano aquest entrenament a qualsevol estudiant o professional de l'art dramàtic o la música. Li permetrà trobar noves maneres d'interpretar des d'un cos i una ment flexibles, així com accedir a un treball profundament sincer.
Actress, singer and teacher, Barcelona
I began with some sessions of this training with significant skepticism. I had heard that this was helpful to release patterns of tension in the body, achieving good results with singers and actors. After a month of work, I felt an incredible improvement. I learned to be more conscious and present on stage not following determined patterns or routines that made me feel safe, but allowing every performance to be new and alive, and achieving a new, free, and powerful connection with the audience. I have never lived anything like this before.
Aquest entrenament ha suposat una gran revelació per a la meva veu. He après a el·liminar tota activitat mental (habitualment plena de judicis i soroll al voltant del que faig) i cantar posant l'atenció en les lletres de forma natural. Llavors, podia experimentar com el meu cos s'alliberava de tensions i com podia connectar més profundament amb el significat d'allò que cantava. Llavors, podia expressar-me i accedir al significat de la música, sense esforç, deixant que passés, sense cap control. Ha estat molt agradable i addictiu!
Singer and teacher, Barcelona
Pianist and Jazz Singer, London
I feel now like all’s about befriending that unknown and trusting that something will come. If I relax and allow the fear to be there, a sense of aliveness and playfulness joins me onstage. Putting myself out there and deciding not to know what will come — I love that.
It’s been amazing to learn this possibility of befriending difficult emotions in the context of acting and moving towards them rather than trying to avoid them — dancing with them, allowing them to transform into a more available, freer flow of energy. And feeling how that takes my work to a completely different level.
Musician, New South Wales, Australia
Actress and theatre director, New South Wales, Australia