This class employs the destructuring and restructuring processes of Fitzmaurice Voicework® devised by Catherine Fitzmaurice.
An ongoing practice class for performers who have gained an embodied understanding of the fundamental principles of Fitzmaurice Voicework addressed in Level 1, and are seeking to develop a personal practice, apply these practices more deeply, and explore applications to rehearsal and performance. This class functions as a workout, giving you the opportunity to build synthesis with the different aspects of your acting work, and also to address specific individual problems and challenges arising from your efforts in performance and rehearsal, further exploring skills and incorporating speech, text, and movement.
Working from your growing visceral and kinesthetic bodily awareness, you will continue working through your vocal and creative warm up, taking greater ownership of your practice. You are guided to work with greater ease, spontaneity, and intention, and with a deeper sense of truth. You will work with imagery, directed sound, and movement to communicate with intention. You will examine how intention relates to release and to the support of your voice, as you bring your vocal work to the effort to communicate and the desire to be heard. Learn what intention includes vocally, in terms of inner life and moment-to-moment work. Discover greater resonance and vibrancy, as you become aware of the space around you and consider the need to be heard in any circumstance, with any piece of text. Deepen your release of the jaw and neck and the body overall. Incorporate the expressive powers of articulation, sound, and resonance. You are guided to develop your own vocal practice and challenged to keep venturing beyond your comfort zone. You will explore texts and circumstances with an ever more complex sense of the layering of language, sound, form, and meaning.
Participants are encouraged to bring to class a specific play or text, or specific aspects of your work that require integration, that you are working on. This includes body-based needs such as vocal alignment, physical variations to a character’s circumstances, and other needs that can be addressed through voice and movement work. You are encouraged to bring in all of your actor’s background preparatory work such as: text analysis, objectives, and circumstances of the character and of the play over-all. You are also asked to bring in specific questions and observations, relating to healthy vocal and physical expressivity, that arise as you practice and work.
Required Reading for class with Adona Butler (Please read before the 1st day of class): UNCLE VANYA by Anton Chekov: A new version by Annie Baker
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