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Personal Resonance: a voice class for all disciplines - October 2017

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Personal Resonance: a voice class for all disciplines - October 2017

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with Michael Kiley

Saturday October 21 12-2pm (An Introduction) + Sunday October 22 12-2pm (An Exploration)

*take one or both sessions

one session $15 pre-register/$20 at the door

both sessions $25 pre-register/$35 at the door

any level, any discipline, any one

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Personal Resonance: a two part/two level voice class for all disciplines
with Michael Kiley
October 21 12-2pm (An Introduction) + October 22 12-2pm (An Exploration) **experience in An Introduction is required to take An Exploration

take one or both sessions
any level, any discipline, any one
$15-25 pre-register/$20-35 at the door

The act of singing has been defined by our culture as an elitist act that only few may do. Public singing has all but disappeared from daily life. The institutionalization and corporatization of singing has lulled us into accepting that most of us have no business doing it. Yet singing is one of the most beneficial personal acts of expression and healing possible within the human form. 

This two part workshop consists of An Introduction, in which you will be introduced to physical explorations of sound and will begin the process of reclaiming your voice as an instrument of expression and An Exploration, in which you will move into deeper material exploration, generation, and construction in solo and group forms. Participation in An Introduction, previously or on October 21, is highly recommended to participate in An Exploration. Further details about each session are below. 

This workshop involves movement. Come in comfortable clothes you can move in and bring water. Changing room provided. 

Personal Resonance: An Introduction - October 21 12-2pm

In Personal Resonance: An Introduction, we will question preconceptions of what a song is and what it means to sing. We will explore the shapes of the hollow parts of our body, learn how to fill them with sound, and use the shape of that sound to connect to other people. We will begin the process of reclaiming our voices as instruments of expression, regardless of discipline. You will leave this workshop with a practice that you can carry with you and develop to suit your own impulses. This workshop will include detailed descriptions and explorations of diaphragmatic breathing, vocal function and health, resonant areas, vocal registers, and the relationship of your voice to your body, your memory and your emotions.

Personal Resonance: An Exploration - October 22 12-2pm

It is recommended that you attend An Introduction workshop before you attend An Exploration workshop. email art.at.shebang@gmail.com with questions. 

In Personal Resonance: An Exploration, we will expand on the ideas and practices covered in An Introduction. In short, this workshop will involve less talking and more doing. Participants will be given prompts to use voice as an instrument to access individual identity in solo and group scenarios. We will generate material unique to each performer in an effort to better understand our voices as expressive representations of self.




Michael Kiley is a composer, sound designer, performer and educator working in dance, theatre and public installation. Over the last 15 years, he has been researching his interest in the human voice not as an instrument to achieve something, but to experience something. His teaching started to take on a full bodied practice after working with choreographer luciana achugar during the process of otro teatro, and has continued to evolve while collaborating with Faye Driscoll Group on the Thank You For Coming Trilogy, as well as an ongoing process with Chelsea Murphy and Magda San Millan. Michael is currently developing Personal Resonance as a generative practice for a full length performance, which will involve the audience returning to learn the practice.