Robert Jan Liethoff is a Berlin based actor, dramaturgy and voice movement teacher. Since 2005 he has expanded his studies and work in the field of dance and choreography with intensive projects in Berlin, Amsterdam and Mexico City. His work draws on the aspects of voice physiology as a departure point for the development of sound-oriented bodywork. He is fascinated by the body’s own intelligence: his compositions often begin from the concept of emptiness, or formless state, from where they begin to move towards clearer forms and structures within the context and textures of the body.

4DSOUND and Robert Jan Liethoff have developed a collaborative research into Space Body Intelligence, the ongoing dynamic process between the body, the surrounding space, and sound. The body is capable of feeling and hearing on such differentiated and sensitive levels that one could argue: the finer a listener tunes in with her or his body through direct physical awareness, the more they are able to steer and influence the sound in space as well. By working with refined spatial listening, can we activate and sharpen our auditory perception? What do our ears consider a healthy sound texture? And what influence does this have on our awareness of space, both internal and external? By working with refined spatial listening, we gain a sense of the intelligent physical self.

Liethoff explores these questions together with the audience in the form of a participative sound lecture. Liethoff’s ‘Space Body Intelligence’ has been part of 4DSOUND’s Circadian programme and he is a regular lecturer and research associate at the Spatial Sound Institute.

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