Introductory Linklater Voice Technique - Amy Hume
6th - 8th December 2021
EARLY BIRD PLACES - £300 ONLY FOR FIRST SIX PEOPLE TO SIGN UP! There are a few spaces available at this discounted price!
“An actor with a strong and flexible voice relies not on muscular effort, but on breath, resonance and range. Introduction to Linklater Voice is a comprehensive approach to reconnecting to all of those.” Amy Hume
PARTICIPANTS MUST BE COMMITTED TO ATTEND THE FULL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE.
Prerequisites for Attendance:
Desire to develop understanding of voice. No previous Linklater Voice training necessary. Fluent ENOUGH in English to follow Amy's instruction.
The 18-hour workshop runs over three days, 6 hours per day - Monday to Wednesday - 6th - 8th December 2021.
Two sessions per day:
Australian Eastern Day Time (AEDT) - 11am - 2pm Break 3 - 6 pm
New Zealand Daylight Time (NZDT) - 1 - 4pm Break 5 - 8 pm
Tokyo (JST)/Seoul (CST) - 9am - 12pm Break 1 - 4 pm
Beijing (CST) - 8 - 11am Break 12 - 3pm
Pacific Time (PDT) - 4 - 7pm Break 8 - 11pm Dec 5 - 7th
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.
Be aware that exercises include adapted yoga positions, floor relaxation, arm-swings and other physical activities. All these can be adjusted to individual physical needs.
What 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 now. If 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.
Amy Hume is a Lecturer in Voice at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, where she teaches voice, speech, language and text to BFA Acting and BFA Theatre Practice students. Amy was previously voice teacher to BFA Acting and MFA Voice students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. She is also a voice and dialect coach for theatre and television. Recent voice and dialect coaching credits include New Gold Mountain (SBS), Six the Musical Australia (LWAA), Billy Elliot Australia (LWAA), Cyrano (Melbourne Theatre Co), White Pearl (Sydney Theatre Co) and Fangirls (Queensland Theatre/Belvoir). Amy became a Designated Linklater Teacher in 2014 and currently serves on the Board of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), the international organisation for voice practitioners.