How much of jellyfish, fish or amphibian is still present in the human body and voice? In this workshop we try to get to the bottom of this question by exploring the movements of early phylo- and ontogenesis in connection with the sound of our voice. According to the phoniatrist J. Abitbol, the human larynx developed from the gills of fish. Likewise, our ears were already present in fish. So what distinguishes marine mammals like whales from other fish? Why can they sing?
In a journey through the evolution of the voice, we will encounter these phenomena and questions in a practical way and at the same time unfold the potential of the voice. TOI will close the workshop by sharing some of its Ocean Conversations and song-making practices, i.e. its Polyphonic Protocols, and inviting the participants to take part in them.
14:00-15:15: Johanna Peine (video): introduction and round of exercises
15:15-15:45: Exploratory exercises with TOI
16:15-16:45: Johanna Peine (video)
16:45-18:00: Oceanic Storytelling and Songing exercises with TOI
Max. participants: 15 / bring your yoga mat
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Johanna Peine is a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a certified opera singer and a state-certified singing teacher with many years of stage and teaching experience. She teaches at the University of the Arts and the Hanns Eisler University in Berlin.
Charlie Usher (BE/UK) is a composer living in Brussels, working with heart-on-sleeve cultural samples, rotary and handmade speaker installations, live instruments, and horizontal time structures. His works have been performed and installed at Beursschouwburg Brussels, Lincoln Center NYC, South Bank Centre London, Oscillation/Q-02 Brussels, MaerzMusik/Haus der Berliner Festspiele, ImPulsTanz/Burgtheater im Kasino Vienna, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Galerie DuflonRacz Brussels, STUK Leuven, and toured multiple times in the US and UK with multiple BBC radio broadcasts.
With Marialena Marouda and Elpida Orfanidou he is a participant of The Oceanographies Institute, a research body working on human-ocean relationships.
Marialena Marouda (BE/DE/GR) works in the intersections between performance, sound art and oral poetry. She studied philosophy and visual arts at Columbia University in New York, USA and continued her studies at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany. In May 2018 she initiated The Oceanographies Institute (TOI), as part of her research at the Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies Program (a.pass) in Brussels. TOI focuses essentially on the relation between two bodies of water: the human body and the world ocean(s). It gives particular attention to affectual and sensual encounters between the two bodies. The Institute therefore explores the relations of hands to mud, ears to the breaking waves, feet to the feeling of sinking, rather than the ocean “in itself”, as if devoid of the human presence. TOI collects, analyzes and reenacts people's personal stories about their encounters with the ocean. In 2019, composer Charlie Usher and performance maker Elpida Orfanidou joined TOI, letting their practices of song-making and voicing flow into the institute‘s work.
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