Breath, Voice and Spoken Text
This work begins with the breath as a first and ongoing lesson in presence, change and the spirit of inquiry. The exaggerated and inward focus of this initial phase serves as ground and reference for all subsequent study. Vocal work is organized around the practice of vowels and consonants in connection with subtle energy systems and their application to the performance of spoken text. Spoken text is approached through specific elements including breath and somatic work, Edith Skinner technique, and nonverbal sounding, in combination with highly provocative texts on sex, death, religion and politics. Sound in internal space (resonators), sound in external space (environments), the concept of the Vocal Score (sound-memory and repetition), vocal collaboration, projects, and field trips are included according to course length and the progress, capacity and balance of each student and of the entire group.