“True emotion rides on the winds of breath and on the sound waves reverberating through the magnifying caverns of the inbuilt resonators of the body. Obviously muscles are strongly involved in the expression of strong impulses – but there is a big difference between emotional energy moving through those muscles and being held in them.”
Kristin Linklater – Freeing the Natural Voice
NATURAL VOICE WORKSHOP - LEVEL 1
Teacher: Mary Irwin
Designated Linklater Teacher
Saturday & Sunday, 12 pm - 5 pm
March 16 & 17
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.
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 class will take you through an embodied warm-up geared towards freeing and opening 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.
Voice, Body, Shakespeare
An intensive 6-day workshop
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Please do not register until we notify you of your acceptance.
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The goal of this workshop is to expand the actor’s vocal, physical, emotional and imaginative responsiveness to language through the Linklater voice work, and to apply it to the delights and demands of Shakespeare’s text. After warming up the voice and body’s ability to release tension with daily voice and movement classes that will open resonance, wake up range for a variety of expression and find clarity in articulation for complex thoughts, you will awaken your responsiveness to the richness of his imagery, and examine the structure of the Shakespeare’s verse and explore the elements of language that bring his text to life - such as antithesis, alliteration, onomatopoeia, laddering and the use of rhetoric. Through improvisational group work and one-on-one monologue work the workshop aims to increase the actor’s ability to fully and pleasurably embody the demands and joys of Shakespeare’s text. Our teachers offer an integrated approach to the work where each class complements and builds upon the others, and each participant receives careful and considered attention and support. Classes include voice, speech, movement, acting/text, elements of language and Sound & Movement.