Introductory Linklater Voice Technique
“The more words you find to express what’s going on with your voice, the more of an inroad you will have to develop it.”
The Introduction to Linklater Voice provides a framework and vocabulary for you to be in dialogue with your voice and the totality of your self-expression. Whether you take this course as a first step in that conversation or as a refreshing return to some of the basics of your ongoing exploration, I invite your continued curiosity and awakened desire to communicate to guide your work. -Liz Eckert
Prerequisites for attendance
PARTICIPANTS MUST BE COMMITTED TO ATTEND THE FULL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE.
Desire to develop understanding of voice. No previous Linklater Voice training necessary. Fluent ENOUGH in English to follow Liz's instruction.
The 18-hour workshop runs over two weekends, 4.5 hours per day - Saturday and Sunday 26th, 27thJune and 3rd, 4thJuly.
One session per day:
British Standard Time –16.00 – 20.30
US Eastern Standard Time-11.00 – 15.30
US Pacific Eastern Time -08.00 – 12.30
The workshop begins with exercises designed to awaken a sensory and imagistic relationship with voice. The progression of exercises leads from physical awareness (locating tension and releasing it), to awareness of breathing, the experience of sound in the body, the release of tension in the throat, jaw, tongue and soft palate, the development of resonating power in the chest, the mouth and the face, the accompanying development of breathing power, the exploration of range throughout two to three octaves of speaking notes and, finally, to articulation.
The workshop gives an intensive overview of the basic progression of exercises as covered in the 2006 edition of Kristin Linklater’s book Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language. The overall function of the work is to remove the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human vocal instrument. The objective of the work is a voice in direct contact with emotional impulse, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it. As we work with releasing the voice from the body, we will work viscerally with language and text transforming communication and interpretive skills.
The exercises include adapted yoga positions, floor relaxation, arm-swings and other physical activities. Liz will communicate these movements in advance of each class and be available for private consultation should you require alternative options in order to receive the full intended benefit.
What do I need
Space - enough floor space to stretch your arms and legs out, whether on the floor or whilst standing.
Loose comfortable clothing suitable for physical exercise. No belts. No jeans.
Learn by heart
A poem (no more than 14 lines) that has particular meaning for you - something you need to speak right nowIf English is not your first language, then the text can be in your own language - please send a copy of your text and an English translation (if applicable) to email@example.com ASAP after being accepted on to the workshop.
Designated Linklater Teacher
Liz Eckert - In her coaching, Liz looks for the unique qualities her clients already possess and listens for ways to help them channel that into their voice with intention, conviction, and emotional connection.
Liz has recently relocated to London after teaching in New York City for over ten years. Most recently, she was the Head of Voice and Speech at Maggie Flanigan Studio, a two-year Meisner actor training program. She has also taught at Fordham University, HB Studios, The New York City Student Shakespeare Festival, and the Linklater Center for Voice and Language. Liz delivered the voice component for Queens Theatre’s Theatre for All, a professional training program for actors with disabilities, and is committed to equitable access to actor training. She co-founded Beyond Fluency with ESL instructor Katya Pronin to help non-native English speakers enrich their self-expression by engaging with language physically, musically and sensorially. Liz has led public speaking workshops at Columbia Business School and facilitated role-play leadership training modules with React: Acting for Business.
Cost: £360 (Incl. VAT)
Early Bird offer £300 if booked before 16th June 2021
Link to workshop information & to book: CLICK HERE
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