October 2013: Vocal Workshops with Cindy Block
After attending Canada's National Voice Intensive, Open Pit was inspired to bring a guest vocal instructor to Whitehorse to offer a variety of vocal workshops. Here is a description of the workshops that were offered:
Voice Intensive Workshops
Saturday October 19th – 20th and 26th
The voice intensive weekend was an active exploration of alignment, breath, and resonance to bring sensation, ease and confidence to the performer. The practices encouraged attunement to the physical self and brought awareness to physical tensions, which may inhibit a free voice.
A Movement & Voice Workshop
Wednesday, October 23rd
This workshop was geared toward the dancer or mover who has little or no experience in bringing voice and movement together. We explored the role that breath plays in moving, sounding and speaking. We explored resonance and sound as a physical act. We explored the following of impulse and awareness of sensations as the basis of being vocally and physically Present on stage.
A Monologue Workshop
Thursday, October 24th
The monologue is the performers conundrum; it is both a necessity in the business and, a fantastic way to practice our craft. In this workshop we will explore how to approach a piece of text and develop a precise yet liberated performance. How do we get if ‘off the page and onto the stage”? What questions do we ask? What decisions do we make? How do we make it active and present? Together we’ll explore methods of connection to what we are saying and who we are speaking to and encourage your passion to be revealed.
To read more about Cindy Block please read her bio HERE.
What's Up Yukon: Courageously Putting your Voice into the World
CBC Radio: How to Find Your Real Voice