HumanSong – Vocal Performance & Self-Expression From The Heart

The Skylight Centre

Highbury & Islington, N5

HumanSong–Vocal Performance & Self-Expression From The Heart

A Feldenkrais Embodied Voice Workshop

August 28th – 31st  (Tuesday – Friday)

11.30 am – 5.30 pm each day

£300

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, hopefully by Christmas! 

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Feldenkrais At Time For… in Angel, N1

Feldenkrais At Time For… in Angel, N1

116 Pentonville Road

The Angel, Islington, N1

I am delighted to announce that I am now available for classes and 1-2-1 sessions in N1, at a lovely, light and airy space in Pentonville Road, above the Time For… Cafe.*

One-to-one Functional Integration lessons are available above the cafe between 12 and 5 on Thursday afternoons.

The class will be running most weeks through the summer, after which I will devise a new schedule for the autumn, any pauses will be posted here.  All classes are drop-in, and suitable for anyone of any level of experience with Feldenkrais.

Mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Wednesday  –  6.30 pm–7.45 pm

£10

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement

For anyone who doesn’t know about the Method, here is a description of a class, from my article “Feldenkrais And The Art Of Allowing”:

In class we lie on the floor, gently surrendering to gravity, and begin to remember the art of softening, and freeing, and releasing, and letting go, re-awakening our awareness to all the bio-and–neuro-feedback that comes to us constantly from our various internal and external senses, feedback which we have been unconsciously tuning out, or may even have switched off completely. As our ability to move in unfamiliar patterns and non-habitual movement sequences develops, we are also learning to shed our muscular corsets, and access new ways of moving in everyday life – ways that are fluid, and rhythmic, and pleasurable to experience; an outer, visible expression of our internal alignment and increasing equilibrium. In time we become more responsive to what is going on, tuning in to the vibrant world around us, fully resonating with life, easily integrating all the different parts of ourselves into a natural whole, so that we can be fully present and fully ourselves, even when we are surrounded and buffeted by the other strong personalities in our lives… Full article here.

Feldenkrais is very easily understood as a for of mindfulness in motion, as recommended by the Buddha himself! **

After each class I will post useful links and practice notes on my blog, to help you maintain and accelerate your improvement.

All classes are currently drop-in, and all are suitable for any level of ability, however please note that there are stairs to climb – contact me if you would like information about classes with level access elsewhere…

I am planning daytime classes for the autumn – use contact details below if you would like more information…

Contact me:

maggy.burrowes@virgin.net

07976 640737

https://www.facebook.com/FeldenkraisEmbodiedVoice/

Twitter – @maggyburrowes

@embodiedvoice

@MinExchange

** Full (and genuine) Quote – as confirmed on the delightful “Fake Buddha Quotes” Website:

“There is one thing that when cultivated and regularly practiced, leads to deep spiritual intention, to peace, to mindfulness and clear comprehension, to vision and knowledge, to a happy life here and now and to the culmination of wisdom and awakening. And what is that one thing? It is mindfulness centred on the body.”

Buddha, Anguttara Nikaya I 43

 

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