What does it means to be human?  How can we open new modes of perceiving what being human is all about?  How do we approach those implications in a performance context?  How does communication and the voice open new ways of understanding what it means to be human?  Is the voice an extension of the body?

This week Julian Barnett and I have been in the studio at his University, ArtEZ, in the Netherlands.  We are researching the potentiality of the voice as choreography.  Is the voice an extension of the body?  Can the voice touch you?  Julian is working on his thesis for the masters program in choreography.  I’m enjoying taking part in some interesting research.  We’ve been singing, humming, practicing British accents,  and storytelling.  Julian is inspired by the idea that singing evolved before spoken language.  He approaches the subject in a non-literal way.  The movement that we have been practicing is improvised and based on developing a finely tuned sensitivity to each others most subtle movement.  Sometimes we will connect physically, one of us with closed eyes, in a “leading the blind”  exercise of communication and simultaneous movement.  It is like we are having a conversation where both individuals are speaking at the same time and pausing at the same time, while still hearing every word that their partner expresses.

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The research continues…

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