• Moving Voices: From Emotions to Music and Performance

    Directed by Maryline GUITTON, Audrey PERNELL & Andrés ZARA*

    Hours:54 h
    Price:810 €
    Level:Open to all
    Workshop Code:A1028VE
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What moves you? What moves you to voice? To sing? To create? And what holds you back?

As performers, we sometimes find ourselves singing in fear of our emotions. We’re fearful of being overwhelmed by our emotions and of losing control of our voices, viewing emotion as a hindrace to artistic expression. When we sing a song or improvise, our expectations of ourselves are enormous and we focus more on what we want to achieve rather than on what we might discover.Have you ever wondered what music might be hiding within your voice? What voices and emotions might be revealed by venturing into new musical landscapes? How to manage emotions in the process? In this workshop, we will focus on the relationship between emotion and musicality in vocal improvisation. We will explore specific emotions and their energetic sounding qualities and the fire and water they carry. We will also learn to experience emotions that are simply there in the present, and how tuning into our moment-to-moment emotional life can actually move us toward exciting vocal discoveries. Our emotions can help us release physical tension and open up hidden potential in the voice. They can become our guides, leading us to what we have to say on a deeper level, beyond what we think we want. When we allow our emotions to move through our voices, we find a wealth of creativity to inspire original melodies and poetry, or bring fresh authenticity to our interpretation of a song.

Through musical accompaniment – piano, percussion, and/or voice – Maryline, Audrey, and Andrès will support and guide each student’s personal vocal journey through emotions, beyond any aesthetic expectations or traditions. We invite you to see what happens when you let yourself be taught by the music itself.

Through collective and individual guided improvisation we will explore new ways of relating to music and discover how musicality appears in the emotions that surface. Rather than feeling stuck in our emotions, we will develop imaginative and technical skills that allow the performer to find ways for free vocal and musical expression.

Along the way you will be guided towards a final performance where students and teachers will give a public presentation featuring improvisation. Please prepare a song that moves you: something meaningful to you that you are also willing to explore playfully with others. We may use the songs in the performance, or they may serve as inspiration for original work.

Day 1: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM / 2.30 – 5.30 PM
Day 2 – 7: 9.30 AM – 1 PM / 3.00 – 5.30 PM
Jour 8: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM / 2.30 – 5.30 PM / 7.00 – 8.00 PM (performance)
Jour 9: 10.00 AM – 12.30 PM / 2.30 – 5.00 PM


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    Students are lodged in simple but comfortable shared rooms (called gîtes) with two, three or four beds with bathrooms (showers) and two equipped kitchens. Sheets and blankets are provided.
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    Please fill in the accompanying enrollment form and include a cheque for 30 euros as a deposit.

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    Price: 22 euros per night, 27 euros (if heating is needed)

    Please note:
    1) we do not make or take reservations for participants lodging outside the Centre,
    2) we do not have single, private rooms.

    For residencies and longer stays it may be possible to rent appartments in the Château – these too also get booked early for the summer.
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