“One of the greatest virtues of gardening is this perpetual renewal of youth and spring, of promise of flower and fruit that can always be read in the open book of the garden, by those with an eye to see, and a mind to understand.”
E.A. Bowles (British Horticulturalist), My Garden in Spring
“The neuro-physiological pathways connecting words with the sensory apparatus of the body and with nature have not disappeared, but they have been short-circuited as the technology of communication has “progressed”. It is not difficult to re-wire the circuitry…to awaken dormant energies of speech and tap into subterranean channels that may reverberate with unsuspected, sub-verbal meaning. By indulging sensory, sensual, emotional and physical responses to vowels and consonants – the component parts of words – we begin to resurrect the life of language.”
Kristin Linklater, Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice
A Message From Andrea:
I think the image of a garden is a familiar and fitting metaphor for our journey as artists. Similar to a gardener, nurturing our gardens of expressiveness requires patience, a connection to the natural world as well as hooking in to our inner natures, knowledge in what one is working towards and mindfulness in where the weeds are and when to water – which in our case as speakers and performers means tracking where our inhibiting tensions lodge so we can undo them to encourage more freedom and pleasure in speaking.
Just as a garden needs the essentials: water, good soil and fertilizer, so too have we included the essentials of developing your voice in our Spring Session with Freeing the Natural Voice Levels 1 and 2 and in the Natural Voice Level 2 Weekend Workshop. The next step in your development is bringing your voice that is free, strong and expressive to an exploration of text and performance. We have the Acting the Text class where you can connect the essentials of Linklater with Stanislavsky; the Advanced Voice and Text workshop; and our popular annual workshop: the 6-day Intensive – Voice, Body, Shakespeare (you must submit your photo and resume to apply to Voice, Body, Shakespeare.)
So come to The Linklater Center for Voice and Language this Spring to grow your garden and enjoy your journey as you begin to bloom!