Please don’t make me write another Artist Statement…

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Artist Statement

I am an actor, singer, mover, writer, creator, director, educator, student, partner, and mother. In my practice I strive to listen closely to how all these labels or categories of being can inform and lead me to truthful expression. The heart of my curiosity lies in how the sounds we make reveal our authentic selves stripped of social expectations. I aspire in my work with voice to blur the lines between singing and speaking and challenge myself to find new ways of negotiating the intersections of the two by building a new vocabulary, creating a new economy, and searching for tools that will allow me to redesign and re-imagine the ways in which I mine my physical and emotional resources.

My projects focus on the everyday – the seemingly banal – and how, with a more focused lens and a different view, the extraordinary can emerge. I strive to listen closely, cultivating my attention and ability to be mindful and I wonder in the abundance of symbols and deeply relevant metaphors that are waiting to be revealed. The examination of my “everyday” self is also at work in my pedagogy as I continue my own exploration to know and recognize my habits and self-imposed tensions in order to uncover the truth of expression, I encourage my students through sharing histories and experiences to do the same.

Curiosity, a playful spirit, and the willingness and courage to wander are all traits that I find essential in my artistic practice.

 

 

Work vs Inspiration…

“We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.” ~Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Vibration; Secrets of the Universe

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”~ Nikolai Tesla

Musings on why we need to broaden our vocal landscape;
Sound doesn’t just have the capacity to “move” the listener on an emotional level, but it also can illicit a physiological response from the vibrations emanating from the speaker or singers body. We do not just make sounds with this tiny apparatus located in our larynx, but with our whole body, just as we don’t just listen with our ears, but with our whole body.
~Shannon Holmes

Register For Fall Classes Now!

 

Hoping everyone has had a restful and refreshing summer…Mine has been great and I am thankful to have had the time to relax and enjoy the sunshine. But! I am absolutely looking forward to diving into the another season of classes at the studio!

Registration for Fall classes has begun. Please email shannon@somotheatre.com for available times.

See you at the studio!