1. 2009 onwards The INCANTATION/ENCHANT voice workshop is an opportunity for all those interested in the expressive voice to explore their potential and discover the joy of vocal improvisation on the bases of Chant and Song.
- Circle sounds and song, words and gesture, tuning
- Aerobic ensemble work, voice orchestras
- Anatomical awareness
Then we will begin a journey through an evolution of voice exploring primitive dialogues from breath into Glossolalia (speaking in tongues), through to text/words on the one hand and music /song on the other. The final evolution of the workshop will be looking at forms of singing and chanting techniques from plainchant to polyphony as improvisation structures to create our own contemporary song and modern folk dance
2013- onwards Multiple Pathways, Multiple Bodies, Multiple Voices –
Through the breath of voice and body we can explore a myriad of different relations and dialogues. How can we converse with ourselves and each other, with the environment and beyond, to experience an ever more playful and yet profound understanding of our consistently ‘becoming’ self. How can we be honest to these changes, enjoy them and use them as an inspiration for performance and/ or for life in general. The workshop will investigate the following concepts through play:
Breath-Heart/Evolution/Involution the journey begins with the idea of the evolution of voice and body, exploring types of breath, into primitive dialogues, Glossolalia – gibberish (speaking in tongues), self made languages, dialogues and then through to word discovery alongside the effectson the body, but also the body that grows from amoeba to humanoid concurrently
Space-Inside/Outside Perspectives/ duo Discovering the potential relations towards the inside- our internal world, for example the internal space, the sense of identity and the experiential anatomical self, and then the outside -the external world, for example the information received outwardly by the senses, the other, the animal, the environment that surrounds us. How can these ideas inform our presence, our impulses to do and our performative selves. What dramaturgy emerges? Can we be both the puppet and the puppet master?
Voice-Body Improvisations/ solo-chorus Working on individual experiments and group investigations we will venture to sing the dance and dance the song. Group work will take the form of circle sounds including, multiple rhythms, voice /movement orchestras/singing techniques from plainchant to polyphony as improvisation structures Individuals can have the chance to work both within the group and alone to investigate these given principles of voice and movement.
Personal Platform- Aesthetics/Intensions The very last part of the work will be an open dialogue and platform for the personal desires and choices of the participants to emerge and an informal feedback session. Including some of the following questions as ideas. What do you want to know? What are your styles/aesthetic choices?- Why? Etc What is performance for you? How do you relate to your body and voice? What music do you like? All of which can be answered physically as well if desired. This part is optional.