Think in New Directions

With Choreographer Michael O’Connor

from: 06.10.2018 12pm  to: 3pm

About the Workshop

All thought is actually physical. Metaphor is more than just poetic expression; it is the way our brain is structured to make meaning and actually shapes our understanding. Just as our mind influences our body, embodied cognition is a topic of research that explains how our body influences our thoughts. By understanding how the body gets your brain to think in metaphor, this workshop will improve your communication skills and how you view things like time or relationships by expanding your creative thinking skills. Participate in 4 creative exercises that exemplify embodied-thinking and warm up the mind and body with complex tasks. With experienced based learning, the information and concepts will make sense from the bottom up. Participants should be prepared to explore simple movement by themselves, be interested in showing some movement in front of others while speaking about their experiences and thoughts.

About the Instructor Michael O’Connor

Michael O’Connor is a choreographer working at the intersection of cognitive science and movement. His artistic work attempts to recreate and articulate some of the basic building blocks of human perception as performative tools. Recently he has presented work at the Venice Biennale, the Mind and Brain School in Berlin, the Detroit Dance City Film Festival, and Spring Dance in Utrecht. He has performed and lectured at metaphor and dance conferences about his research and is excited about bridging fields and sharing knowledge outside the arts and science communities.


Workshop hosted by U/skillity
Price: 55 € per person
Spots available: 15
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SomoS, Kottbusser Damm 95, 1st floor, 10967 Berlin
U8 Schönleinstrasse (Exit Schinkestrasse)


This is one of two workshops Michael O’Connor holds at SomoS during October 2018. The other, Feedback Workshop: Learn, Practice & Receive, takes place 04.10.2018, 6 – 9pm, and aims to improve the ability to creatively and constructively give and receive feedback.