Legacy Voice Montreal Workshop

Montreal 3 Day Workshop
Fri Apr 26-Sun Apr 28, 2019 
10am - 5pm
Hosted by: Concordia’s Theatre Department 1450 Guy St., 7th Floor, Montreal, QC

What are the legacies we carry and those we leave behind? Diane Roberts, in collaboration with David Smukler and Gerry Trentham invite you into an exploration of root cultural voice, rhythm and performance. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of their unique breath and ‘core’ voice in order to foster a tangible awareness of vocal, physical and rhythmic potential.

This workshop is for anyone interested in expanding their vocal capacity; i.e. teachers, students, writers, performers, directors, change leaders, facilitators etc..
Please indicate in your application if you consider yourself a beginner (i.e. new to voice training) or experienced. We welcome all levels of experience and will gear our work to the needs of the group.

In the Legacy Voice workshop, we will consider our bodies (including mind, body, voice/breath and spirit) working in and as a creative village. Together, we will discover tools to bring our emerging stories, memories, gestures and movements to life within the structure of a village circle. Using call and response repetitive song cycles from Caribbean and African traditions, exploration of free and dynamic breath, rhythm posture and gesture we will investigate how our voices are rooted in our own ancestry and how our particular ancestry moves through our bodies.

At the centre of this process is the acknowledgement that everything we need to draw on for inspiration is stored in our bodies as stories and fragments of stories: mingled in our blood, buried in our bones. In the performer’s village the witness is as important as the performer and there are several layers to witnessing. As witnesses and performers you are in the village circle witnessing yourselves, your fellow villagers and the shifting and changing environment around you as you collectively move closer to the creative fire.

What is our responsibility and role as performers as vessels for the many stories that we inhabit and that flow through us, that take root and inhabit us? What are the legacies we carry and those we leave behind?

Our goal in the workshop is to reach deep under our feet under the earth below. To draw up the power of our mother tongue rooting which is: cultural, physical, spiritual, historic and mysterious; and fire it into passionate urgent expressions through embodied breath, voice, rhythm and language that leans towards true liberation. Our experiment in these sessions is to work inside and outside rhythm, to work from free and vibrant voice, to work with the natural impulses within the village and to find out how we might enliven our performances so that they are relevant, connected, alive and spontaneous. We seek to train intuitive thinking and to perform with the whole body, fully.

We enter the circle of the dance with joy and the knowledge/assurance of connection, understanding, acceptance. We hear the resonance of our unsung songs in relationship to the many songs that surround, intersect and envelop us. We awaken our story bodies to possibilities for spontaneity, for ceremony, for play that we may tap into the certain something that surges up inside from the soles of our feet. By stepping into the unknown and allowing for fresh sensations to surge up, we let the poetry speak to our soul’s desires.

Building blocks to bring into the workshop: We invite you to choose an Ancestor to bring in to the workshop—someone who pops into your head when you read this or someone who you have a lot of curiosity about. 

We also invite you to bring in a text - no more than 8 lines long -  from your ancestral or root cultural tradition. This will be spoken word so memorized, if possible. It can be a myth, a story, a poem, a proverb, a passage from a speech. This should be a piece with which you resonate and feel a deep personal connection, and that you wish to explore further.

Schedule: Work in the studio will begin promptly Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 a.m. There will be an hour lunch break 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and other breaks as needed during the day.

Where to arrive: Please arrive early to register, as the workshops will begin promptly at 10:00am each morning. Registration will take place at room MB 7.270 from 9:00am. The studio will also be open for individual warmups each morning between 9:00 – 10:00am. Concordia’s Theatre Department is located at 1450 Guy St., corner de Maisonneuve, on the 7th floor of the John Molson School of Business.

Transit: The venue is accessible by metro (Guy-Concordia), car, bike or walking. If you plan to drive to the workshop, Concordia’s LB and FB building lots offer a $9 flat rate for parking on weekends and an hourly rate on the weekdays. There is a bicycle stand on de Maisonneuve, immediately outside the entrance to 1450 Guy St. 

Montreal 3 Day Workshop

Fri April 26 - Sun Apr 28, 2019, 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Hosted by: Concordia University's Theatre Department, MB Building - 1450 Guy Street  
Cost: $250 CAD 
To register email info@voiceintensive.org
Note: There is a 35% discount for Concordia Theatre, Dance and Music Students - please contact us at the email above. There is a 20% discount for CAEA/ACTRA/UDA members.

To register email info@voiceintensive.org