Awareness of the sensory nature of words must come before that of their informational purpose if we are to restore words to the body.
Kristin Linklater, Freeing the Natural Voice
NATURAL VOICE WORKSHOP - LEVEL 1
Teacher: Benjamin Moore
Designated Linklater Teacher
Saturday & Sunday, 12 pm - 5 pm
June 29 & 30
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
(Voice Level 2)
“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!
Advanced Voice and Text workshop
This weekend intensive workshop is designed to further your expressiveness, 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. 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 designed to wake up the vocal range of your speaking voice, find a livelier responsiveness of breath, and develop more vocal variety and strength. You will then explore the elements of language through the vowels and consonants to exercise a more tactile, imaginative and emotionally responsive connection to the imagery of your text as well as find the intelligence in how the thoughts are laid out and developed through the rhetoric. All participants will be coached individually on their chosen text.
Prerequisite: Freeing the Natural Voice Level 1, or instruction in the full progression with a Designated Linklater Teacher.