“A word or a phrase or a sentence is like a pebble that, when thrown into the pool of the body-mind, sets up ripples that disturb the waters. The waters? Physical, sensory, sensual, and emotional energies.” Kristin Linklater – Freeing the Natural Voice
NATURAL VOICE WORKSHOP - LEVEL 1
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 AND TEXT WEEKEND WORKSHOP
What does it mean to be expressive? How can we stimulate our voices to be alive to the complexity of our inner emotions and responsive to the multi-layered nuance of our thoughts? And how can that connection actively play out through the text?
This is a workshop designed for performers, public speakers, and those who would like to feel more present, connected, and perhaps more vocally playful when they speak.
In this workshop you will learn a vocal warm-up: how to release your physical tension, free your breath, and develop more vocal resonance, variety and strength. The class work then translates these exercises into the dynamics of speaking with group exploration and individual coaching on text. The goal is to find an authentic, embodied and clear expression on your text. Please prepare a piece of text that you would like to speak – this can be a monologue from a play, a poem, or a short talk on a topic you know well.
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.)