TOUCHING EACH OTHER: Creative workshop with Robert Hesp

Sat 19 Aug 2017
10:00 - 13:00
€10 (Student/Dance Ireland Member/Unwaged/Over 65) / €15 (non-concession)
No previous dance experience required. Open to people of all abilities – disabled and non-disabled – over the age of 16.
Robert Hesp

Touching each other is a 3 hour workshop exploring different ways of touching, softness and physical contact as the stimulus for creative movement. Working with live artist and contemporary dancer Robert Hesp, you’ll be invited to create, explore and devise using different techniques employed in the making of Robert’s performance work, HARD C*CK, presented as part of the Dublin Live Art Festival. The workshop will primarily be rooted in group movement work while also allowing space for solo thought and creation – rediscovering connection with your own body and a deeper understanding of meaningful, considered touch. Other focuses include consent and pleasure – both important elements of the creative work and safe group practice.

This is a workshop for those wanting to explore different approaches to touch, the ways in which we connect with each other as people and new creative movement. 

Warm up and cool down will be included in the workshop, both led by Robert. Please come ready to move and in appropriate clothing for movement. No previous dance experience required. Open to people of all abilities – disabled and non-disabled – over the age of 16.

Workshop Booking Information:

Call Dance Ireland Reception on 01 855 8800 or email to reserve your place.  Please note that places are limited and your place is not guaranteed until payment is made.

This workshop is offered in partnership with Dublin Live Art Festival.  Robert will perform his work HARD C*CK as part of the festival.  For information about booking see

About Robert

Robert Hesp is a performance artist and dancer from Leeds, England. He creates and performs performance work nationally and internationally, currently touring his solo piece ‘HARD C*CK’.

HARD C*CK is a live art and dance performance exploring male softness, pleasure and sex, supported by the Arts Council England.

Having studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Robert creates and performs work both nationally and internationally, having shown work at venues including the V&A Museum and Roundhouse, as well as festivals such as Spill, Latitude and Buzzcut. Robert seeks to create a sense of volatility and disquiet with his performance work, aiming to both expose and vibrate the foundations of dominant ideas and systems.

Recognising change as being the only constant, Robert uses live performance as a way to prompt re-examination and questioning, opening up a space for a more profound cultural awareness. Striving to achieve this, his work is often built around visceral or violent images, before being carefully interwoven with abject materials and physicality.

His practice seeks to be entirely inclusive as well as highly collaborative, working with dancers, designers and people from all walks of life to create affecting and transformational performance.

For further information:

  • Telephone: 01 855 8800
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