Stories are among our most potent tools. We need to unearth old stories that live in a place and begin to create new ones. We are story makers, not just story tellers. All stories are connected, new ones woven from threads of the old. (Paraphrased – Robin Wall Kimmerer)

Join ARENA DANCES every Thursday lunch break for new podcasts, hosted by Artistic Director Mathew Janczewski. This series will share the histories of notable Twin Cities dance artists and the evolution of the industry’s landscape through time. Each week will feature a new guest of honor, sharing their story and impact on this gem of an arts town.

This week’s special guest: Eddie Oroyan

Eddie Oroyan is a founding mover & Artistic Associate of Black Label Movement, a company with roots deep in his heart and body. In 2012, in joy and sadness, he moved to Brussels and worked with Ultima Vez for six years, having toured and performed primarily with What the Body Does not Remember and In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. Oroyan continues to dance in Europe and has been working since 2017 with Emmanuel Gat Dance.  Eddie is also teaching extensively the practice he continues to research and develop, Animal Mindfulness. After an injury in late 2014, Oroyan began a practice of meditation and observation. Animal Mindfulness came through his search for balance. 

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More about today’s special guest –

Eddie Oroyan is a founding mover and Artistic Associate of Black Label Movement, a company with roots deep in his heart and body. In 2012, in joy and sadness, he moved to Brussels and worked with Ultima Vez for six years, having toured and performed primarily with What the Body Does not Remember and In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. Oroyan, continues to dance in Europe and has been working since 2017 with Emmanuel Gat Dance. His experience also spans Creach/Company, Shapiro & Smith, ARENA DANCES, Zenon, Andrea Miller, and Roberto Olivan.

Oroyan has had collaborative works presented at American Dance Festival 2014 (An Unkindness of Ravens, BLM) and Zürich Tanzt 2015 (Borderland w/ Rakesh Sukesh). He presented a solo, Polaroid, in 2016 at P12 Space in Brussels and premiered a duet, Entropia, with Natalia Pieczuro at Dag van de Dans 2017. In February 2018, Eddie was part of The Guest Project in Thessaloniki in co-creation of a new trio, Poetics of Relations. Recently, Oroyan is co-artistic director of the duo project My Homeless Lover, which premiered their first work, Pasta e Lava, in Genova, Italy as part of the 2018 Resistere e Creare festival. For more info check, www.myhomelesslover.com.

Eddie is also teaching extensively the practice he continues to research and develop, Animal Mindfulness. After an injury in late 2014, Oroyan began a practice of meditation and observation. Animal Mindfulness came through his search for balance. His performing and studies have long included animal reflex training and proper response, but his new practice has and continues to teach him curiosity and awareness of the more subtle and delicate, the empathetic. After returning to performing and teaching, Oroyan is moved to explore and share these discoveries through the stage and classroom. More recently, with Jessica Eirado Enes, he has been developing an empathic partnering and Ideomotor motor training class they are calling Ouija.

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