I am excited to be giving a Performative Presentation on February 5 2017 at The 25th annual Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT) conference entitled Sounding The Inner Ear of Performance at the University of Toronto.
The abstract for my part paper and part performance presentation, This is The Sound of My Memory is as follows;
As a voice practitioner and educator my research is centred on the dichotomy of technique and freedom in vocal expression. How may we as performers ensure that we are using our voices in a technically sound and effective way, yet allow the voice to be “authentic,” freed from self-judgment and grounded in the physical responses of the body? My research has included the development of methods that intertwine autobiographical narrative with both classical and contemporary text (sung and spoken). I have found that deconstructing traditional texts and forms can successfully serve as a key method for expanding the performer’s capacity to somatically and emotionally connect to the material at hand, and for using the voice in a more expressive and holistic way. My findings suggest that the use of autoethnographic performance techniques may encourage the performer to fully engage with the breath and voice, leading to, as Susan Bennet describes, using the whole body as a “vessel of somatic history” which may be useful in freeing the voice from technical restraints. My investigations have led me to uncover how we archive sounds in our bodies and how we as performers may tap into this archive as an axis for mining a deeper connection to the text and/or music orally and somatically. As part of my research I devised a piece which weaves my own personal narrative detailing my Mother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease with that of a Kurt Weill song. This presentation will be part paper and part performance as I discuss and demonstrate how I devised the piece, my process of exploration into the song, as well as the methods used that allowed my personal narrative to emerge