Embodied Voice, Text and Musicality
May 9-12, Thursday- Sunday | 10:00 - 15:00
Limited number of participants
Baumstrasse : Servion 8, 2th floor, Athens, Greece
Photo by © Mateusz Bral
Led by Julianna Bloodgood, this four day workshop is an in-depth exploration of voice as experienced through the body and ensemble. The body is our gateway to the actor’s craft and all creative sources, and from the body we will begin our investigation of voice, sounding, song, text and musicality through a dynamic exploration of the origins of sound. The ensemble is our foundation for the theatrical devising process and all of our work will be reflected and magnified through the ensemble. We will deepen the body-voice connection and explore how we physically experience sound, that through a flow of movement and breath we can awaken sound vibrations within the body -resonating the bones and tissues- creating a visceral understanding of the voice and enlivening new possibilities for song, text and vocal improvisation. We are seeking to create a voice that is open and free, expressive and capable of communicating emotional truth while awakening a deep sense of listening and responsiveness to the impulses that arise within one’s own body and from the collective ensemble. This awareness is brought into musicality through the integration of sound, song, rhythm, relationships and imagination.
During this workshop we will explore basic and fundamental exercises designed to bring awareness of the process of creating sound in a healthy, visceral and completely embodied way. Our whole bodies may vibrate with sound. We will open many possibilities of sounding so that each participant may begin to discover the “many voices” we have inside and begin the process of creating with these voices. We will explore text as music and learn how to counterpoint text within music and rhythm and also how text can seamlessly integrate into music. We will also learn the fundamentals of solo improvisation, group improvisation and basic polyphonic singing.
Each participant is asked to prepare a text (classical, contemporary or poetry) that is close to their heart and also a song with personal connection. Traditional songs are encouraged.
Julianna Bloodgood, originally from California, USA, worked with award winning and critically acclaimed Polish theatre company Song of the Goat Theatre from 2009-2018. With this company she developed, premiered and performed: Songs of Lear; Portraits of the Cherry Orchard; Return to the Voice; Dead Walk Love; Crazy God, Island and Hamlet: A Commentary and has performed throughout Europe, Asia, South America and North America.
Julianna is a resident artist with Theater MITU, a company that investigates global performance as a source for their methodologies. With Theater Mitu, Julianna has performed Indra’s Daughter in A Dream Play; Linda in Death of A Salesman and was involved in the initial research and development of JUAREZ: A Documentary Mythology. She has researched and collaborated with the company internationally including both the Bangkok Artist Intensive and the South Indian Artist Intensive, studying various forms of traditional performance practices.
One important aspect of Julianna’s professional life is community based projects and artistic outreach, using art as a vehicle for healing and change. Julianna is the co-founder of The Dadaab Theater Project, a youth based theater project in the Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya, and is a founding member and co-artistic director of The Great Globe Foundation, a non-profit organization utilizing the power of creativity to inspire and empower the individual voice and to help build bridges between people and communities.
Julianna holds an MA from Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with Song of the Goat Theatre of Poland; a BFA in Acting from the College Conservatory of Music, Department of Acting, University of Cincinnati; and is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, California. Julianna’s work includes anthropological performance research and she has traveled extensively in search of different cultural perspectives on the body, voice and the ritual of performance.