Linklater Voice Work was developed by world-renowned practitioner Kristin Linklater. It is taught on actor training programmes across the world and attracts actors, singers, anyone interested in exploring and unlocking the potential of their voice.
Linklater Voice Work is practical, imaginative and organic. It takes you through a series or ‘progression’ of step-by-step practical exercises that include relaxation, awareness of breathing, the experience of voice vibrating in the body, how to open the throat, the development of resonance and range, and the articulating activity of lips and tongue. The work aims to awaken the expressive potential of the human voice with clarity and a deep connection to text. This is primarily speaking voice work although a prominent feature of the progression is the use of the keyboard which sets it apart from other spoken voice practices. Singers can also benefit enormously from the focus on free breathing, resonance and the release of tongue and jaw tension as well as becoming attuned to creative and imaginative impulses.
Following an introduction which contextualises this work within Western voice practice, participants will be guided through the progression of practical exercises developed by Kristin and laid out in her first book Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language (1976: revised 2006).
The progression begins with freeing body, breath and mind into voicing. This leads into an exploration of releasing the jaw, tongue and soft palate before moving into resonance work. The progression builds momentum by enlivening the ribs and diaphragm to prepare individuals for energised, heightened expression and range. This is explored further through arpeggios and swings into articulation.
Note to participants
Please wear loose clothing that you can move freely in and no make-up. There will be a combination of standing and floor work. Options will be given to accommodate any practical considerations experienced on zoom in the spirit of a supportive and flexible learning environment.
Please bring a short piece of spoken text (no more than 8 lines) that you are familiar with. Anything that you connect to, whether poetry, dramatic text or song lyrics.
Tuesday 12th December 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
YogaVoice®: Yoga and Systematic Vocal Technique as 21st Century Vocal Pedagogy
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Thursday 14th December 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Last Midnight: Coaching Eleventh-Hour Musical Theatre Auditions
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Tuesday 9th January 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Hyperadduction: A Preventative and Therapeutic Approach to Voice Teaching
Dr John Seesholtz
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