Embodied Voice 1 Day Workshop – July 22nd Time For… Angel N1

I am steadily condensing about 6 days of material into a 4 day format for my workshop in August, and aware that is a big commitment for anyone new to Feldenkrais, new to VocalDynamix, new to Conscious Voice and new to Embodied Voice - the elements I am combining under the banner of HumanSong - hard to find a new way to talk about vocal freedom without accidentally plagiarising someone else’s blurb!

This day course will be a playful introduction to HumanSong; we will explore the different elements of the course, and I will share some of what I have learned about embodying the voice from my 29 years of teaching Feldenkrais and performing as a singer – so we will be discovering our inner pulsations and oscillations; using overtones to tune our ears and enhance our ability to listen to both ourselves and the world around us; explore the instrumental possibilities of a mobile larynx and, of course, because this is a Feldenkrais day, rolling about on the floor – if at the end of the day you decide to sign up for the four-day HumanSong course you will get a £40 discount off the full fee.

Embodied Voice 1 Day Workshop

An introduction to HumanSong–Feldenkrais For Self-Expression & Vocal Performance

with Maggy Burrowes

Time For… Angel, N1

Sunday July 22nd 1-5pm

£50 / £40

Full HumanSong Course–August 28–31, N5

For more information call Maggy

07976 640737 or 020 7642 1457

maggy.burrowes@virgin.net

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Feldenkrais® Embodied Voice

We come into the world, with the capacity for pure emotional communication, loud, uninhibited, demanding, assertive and beyond reason. As we grow we discover more of the capabilities of our instrument; tuning into the soundscape of life, learning how to listen and expanding what we can hear–discovering the full range of expressive noises the human voice is capable of producing – then we grow up, and everyone tells us to shut up!

In this workshop we will be expanding our sensory-motor awareness, and diminishing unnecessary and habitual constrictions in every part of our sound-making selves – vocal structures, respiratory structures, diaphragms and sphincters, and the fascio-musculo-skeletal system that forms the physical foundations of our vocal ease and power.

The Feldenkrais Approach to Well-Being

Many of us are so used to living in a state of compulsive muscular resistance that we have forgotten what ease feels like. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® teaches you to let go – to sense the unconscious constraints that maintain the invisible corsets we live and move and speak and sing from within – and begin the process of unraveling and freeing the self. 

With Feldenkrais you learn to release these persistent muscular tensions, using carefully-designed movement sequences to lower muscular effort throughout the whole self, with the long-term aim of greater resilience in every aspect of life. Every time you can catch yourself in the act of tensing back up again, you learn more about yourself, your limiting beliefs, your true feelings, and your suppressed desires. Once you get a handle on what thoughts are making you resistant, wary and armoured against the world around you, then it becomes possible to begin to truly sing your unique HumanSong.

“I find Maggy’s teaching highly informative, inspirational, fun, and a big treat for the voice, body and spirit…she offers her knowledge and experience in a warm, relaxed and sensitive manner.  I cannot recommend these workshops highly enough…” 

Abi Strevens -Vocalist & Music Therapist

“It was liberating – discovering the connection between my breathing and my belly began the process of releasing inhibitions I had held for as long as I could remember.  I could feel that my whole body was involved in my emotional expression and the sound of my voice.  It was particularly exciting for me as I am a head person – I came away with more confidence to be myself – more spontaneous somehow.”  

Anne Kennedy

 

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HumanSong – Spontaneous Self-Expression From The Heart

The Skylight Centre

Highbury & Islington, N5

HumanSong–Spontaneous Self-Expression From The Heart

A Feldenkrais Embodied Voice Workshop

August 28th – 31st  (Tuesday – Friday)

11.30 am – 5.30 pm each day (11.15 am – 5.15pm on Weds 29th)

Early Bird fee £260 / £300 after June 25th*

There will be an Introduction To Feldenkrais Embodied Voice  on Sunday 24th at Time For… in Angel, N1 – just in time to try the process out if you are not sure about committing to all four days of the full course – details here.

Contact me if you want to book a place, or to find out more about the course.

An Overview of HumanSong:

Birdsong is a constant and enduring source of joy for the human heart – the natural exuberance of these many and varied voices, going about their business in our midst, are as reliable a source of pleasure in the town as in the country – an ever-present musical backdrop in all our lives.

As a city dweller I enjoy a great deal of the humansong around me too – the young boys shrieking in their bedroom next door, wordless communications blasting through the walls from all the other homes surrounding my ground floor flat; flocks of teenage girls and boys passing my window all through term time, singing, shouting, teasing and showing off as they make their way to and from their playing fields.

Nevertheless, as we mature spontaneous outbursts begin to feel less and less appropriate, and from quite an early age we begin the process of inhibiting and containing ourselves. Most families, some more than others, impose often unacknowledged restraints on how much attention we draw to ourselves, how much noise we make, what we are free to say and how we are allowed to express ourselves. If I sneak a peak at the passing schoolchildren there are already some that are near silent – young people holding themselves apart from their more exuberant companions. How old were you when you began to feel self-conscious and in some way fundamentally inappropriate?

HumanSong is the term I am using to evoke the full range of spontaneous natural resonant frequencies and qualities that the human voice can produce. We come into the world squalling -communicating pure un-contained human emotion – loud, uninhibited, demanding, assertive and beyond reason. As we grow we discover more of the capabilities of our instrument, tuning into the human soundscape surrounding us, becoming better able to distinguish and convey meaning, developing our listening abilities in tandem with our range of expressive vocal noises, preparing our selves to inhabit and expand the human soundscape that surrounds us.

HumanSong is not singing, but it is the core of our ability to sing with our whole heart.

It is not speaking, but it is the foundation of our extraordinary communication capabilities.

It is not performance, but it enhances every aspect of performance.

It is the essence of our enormous range of communicating behaviours – speaking, singing, and mimicking all the other sounds around us – animal, musical, mechanical, digital, and those of the natural world.

In this workshop we will be expanding our sensory-motor awareness, and diminishing unnecessary and habitual constrictions in every part of our sound-making selves – vocal structures, respiratory structures, diaphragms and sphincters, and the fascial-musculo-skeletal system that forms the physical foundations of our vocal ease and power.

The Feldenkrais Approach to Well-Being

Many of us are so used to living in a state of compulsive muscular resistance that we cannot remember what moving with ease feels like. Awareness Through Movement teaches you to let go, to sense with full clarity the unconscious constraints that maintain the invisible corsets we live and move and speak and sing from within – and to .

Feldenkrais teaches us how to  unravel these persistent muscular tensions, using carefully designed movement sequences as a very effective way to lower muscular effort throughout the whole self, and the long-term aim is greater ease in every aspect of life. Every time you can catch yourself in the act of tensing back up again, you learn a little more about yourself, your limiting beliefs, your true feelings, and your suppressed desires. Once you start to get a handle on what is making you so resistant and wary and armoured against those around you, then it becomes possible to begin to truly renew yourself.

I aim to have a recorded version of this course available at a discount rate for attendees in time for this workshop. 

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