End of Term 1, and the only way is up!

Today, we bade farewell to Sandra, wishing her joy and luck and much good humming and ah-ing in her new adventure in Sydney.

Our final class before the Easter break, and there was a beautiful energy in the sounds that flowed through the room as we explored (h)ah-mm-ah, (h) ah-nnn-ah and  (h)ah-ng-ah on the floor and through our stretches as we worked our way back to standing, and sharing with full awareness.

It was very clear, I think to all of us, just where the focus should be when we return on Sunday 30th, with some new class members, and that is keeping the great sounding body we discover in the warm up and taking that body into the text (and archetype) work.  After all, that is why we warm up. So, more connections await discovery, there will be bridges built and steps taken into the unknown.

Have a great Easter – see you Sunday week!  Oh, unless I see you next Saturday at the Magdalena Easter Gathering.



Left Brain : Right Brain

Here is a fascinating talk by a brain researcher, Jill Bolte Taylor, which has a wonderful description of the differences between left and right brain hemispheres, and their function, and ways of being.  This relates to our discussion of ‘self’ this afternoon in the Voice Class. Enjoy!


The Value of Warming Up

The new Voice Class at QUT (Creative Industries) began yesterday, with a bunch of very committed young actors. We worked our way through the Mini-Mini vocal warm-up, addressing posture, the basics of the breathing process, and general principles of acting to be applied to every exercise we do –

1) be self-aware: get the ‘voice’ in your head to give you factual information, rather than a judgmental commentary

2) be open to being changed, to adjusting what you are doing, moment to moment

3) listen to yourself, and to each other

4) give of yourself, and you will have more to give

5) your individual creative contribution is never diminished, even when you become part of the collaboration

We finished up with a group humming and ‘ah’-ing improvisation, standing in a circle with shoulders touching, each person having the opportunity to stand in the centre for a time. It was a great experience, and there was much excitement at the end, that such amazing sounds had been possible, and that the vibrations could be felt in our bodies so profoundly.

I just want to remind us all, that the voices we produced in the last 20 minutes of the session came as a result of the preparation undertaken during the first hour and 10 minutes! So, (nag, nag, nag…) do your warm-ups!