“It is not that spontaneity is right and calculation is wrong, but that spontaneity should be possible and seldom is...The voice cannot work to its true potential if its basic energy is not free breath. As long as we are emotionally protective our breathing cannot be free."
Kristin Linklater – Freeing the Natural Voice
NATURAL VOICE WORKSHOP - LEVEL 1
Teacher: Liz Eckert
Designated Linklater Teacher
Saturday & Sunday, 12 pm - 5 pm
September 8 & 9
Location: Pearl Studios NYC, 500 8th Avenue,
Saturday - 3rd Floor - Room 304
Sunday - 3rd Floor - Room 315
A lively introduction to the Linklater Voice Work or a terrific refresher for those who have already had Linklater classes. This workshop will help you free your breath, develop resonance, loosen jaw and tongue tensions and wake up your vocal range.
Relaxation and release is essential to opening, freeing and ultimately strengthening your voice. In this initial workshop, you are becoming aware of how your voice and body carry habitual tensions and beginning to undo them. This is the start to freeing your breath and vibrations of sound. As your voice begins to loosen up, the next step is to develop resonance by sensing and spreading the vibrations through the bony hollows of your body. Once this connection is established we can move onto addressing deep tensions that develop in the jaw, larynx, and tongue and encourage your sigh to find a free and focused pathway beyond those tensions that filter your message. By giving your sigh of sound a clear passageway from the lower body all the way up through the mouth, you will be ready to begin to strengthen the voice and activate more expressiveness with the resonating ladder. In Voice 1 you will contact the chest, the mouth, and the teeth resonators and blend to find a warm, relaxed and focused connection between your thoughts, feelings and your voice.
Public Speaking for Professionals:
Confidence in Communication
Your vocal presence has the power to influence your audience and change the world around you. This workshop is designed for professionals from all disciplines who would like to feel more confident and expressive in their communication, and more dynamic in getting their message across. You’ll learn a vocal warm-up that helps you to:
* Own your space and establish your physical presence
* Deal with nerves through relaxation and breathing techniques
* Warm your voice with an embodied resonance
* Find more expressive choices and colorful variety using more vocal range
* Wake up your articulation for clear and active speech
You’ll then be coached in a short talk that you have prepared, to look at how to bring your topic to life by connecting to your message, and using emphasis and phrasing to engage the interest of your audience. (The warm-up is gently physical so wear soft gym clothes that you can move in freely.)
Voice, Articulation, Text Workshop
“The muscles that articulate words must be freed from limiting conditioning and made responsive and agile enough to reflect the agility of the mind…A sensitive performer will want a voice that serves the desire to communicate.” Kristin Linklater, Freeing the Natural Voice
This workshop is meant for those who have taken voice before and would like to wake up their articulation in order to find a bridge to speaking their text in a clearer, and livelier way. Each session will begin with an embodied warm-up geared towards freeing, opening, and strengthening your voice.
Then you’ll focus on invigorating the muscles of your mouth that contribute to economical articulation, and link them with your mind, body, breath, and voice so all the parts of you are ready to speak your text clearly and expressively.
You will develop a richer connection to the roots of language by awakening a range of expression through embodying and feeling contrasts in vowels and different textures in consonants. Then you will focus on:
* finding a free flow and wider range of resonance through embodying vowels
* bringing a more tactile connection through the play of various textures and qualities in consonants.
* feeling how the vowels and consonants connect you more satisfyingly to the meaning and experience of imagery and language with tongue twisters and a variety of text
We will look at other elements that contribute to expressive communication such as nuance and inflection, rhetorical devices, embodying imagery, and clear thinking for clear communication. Bring text that you want to sink your creative teeth into!
Storytelling and Personal Narrative
How do you use the language skills you have to tell a story that reveals something of yourself? What are the building blocks of a strong narrative and how can they help you navigate through moments of uncertainty whether in a casual situation with friends, or in a more formal one such as a interview? In this workshop you’ll explore how you can use storytelling to engage your listeners in a variety of social environments where your contributions matter.
The first part of this workshop reinforces existing language skills with subconscious connection, imagery, musicality, and physicality. Drawing from the Linklater voice work, idiomatic language and the stream of consciousness writing of Gertrude Stein, participants find an embodied connection to the pleasure and power of effective wordplay. In this way, their unique voice carries the nuance of meaning with vocal variety, spontaneity, and presence.
The second half of the workshop segues into structured language and personal narrative. You will identify the essentials of a good story in order to express yourself with greater impact. You will practice building on the momentum of a conversation, so that you can make a meaningful connection with others through collaborative dialogue.
This course is perfect for speakers of English as a second language, presenters, and language arts teachers developing a tool kit in:
-Active listening and engaged responsiveness
-Relaxed off-the-cuff conversations
-Storytelling to engage listeners
-Fuller personal expression
All participants will share their writing aloud, and receive individual coaching of a personal narrative. Application of conversational skills will be practiced as a group.
Advanced Voice and Text
This weekend intensive workshop is designed to further your expressivity, skill, confidence and joy in speaking dramatic text. Exercises will help you strengthen and grow your voice, connecting voice, body, mind and emotional life in a deeply expressive synchrony, released through language. Participants are invited to bring whatever text they are interested in working on at present. You will choose your piece of dramatic text from any genre, any period. Texts might be from a play you are currently rehearsing or performing, a monologue you would like to deepen for auditions or just because you like it, a Shakespeare speech or soliloquy you’ve always wanted to tackle – whatever, truly. The work is designed to allow you to take a deep dive into a single piece of text, deepening your connection to, and broadening your understanding of it. We will begin each day’s session with a full voice warm-up, then move into group and individual work with your chosen text.
Prerequisite: Freeing the Natural Voice Level 1, or instruction in the full progression with a Designated Linklater Teacher.