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
For more information call Maggy
07976 640737 or 020 7642 1457
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.”