Words in the moment / The Language Choir
Here is a worskhop completely about words and talking in improvisation!
Amsterdam, February 2012 – 4th/5th/9th/10th
As our interest is Instant Vocal Composition, we approach language in this workshop from the point of music, notwithstanding the fact that with language recognizable words open a whole new playing field: the field of meaning. There is no way in which your mind can not create an image in your head when you hear ‘toothbrush’. The speed with which we create meaning from recognizable words is amazing, and you can have a lot of fun staying on the border between sound (playing with vowels, consonants, syllables that don’t mean anyting) and words (when the mind ‘hooks’ on to a possible meaning/image). But this is just the beginning…
Once words are recognizable, and we enter into strings of words, sentences, poems, dialogues or monologues, it is crucial that as improvisers we are fit for the game. What choices can you make, how do you define your playing field? How do keep focus in what you are doing with all the freedom and possible layers of meaning you end up with? How do you prevent the moment where you (and your audience) is totally lost in the soup of words and sentences? Once we play the game of ‘meaning’ (of concrete verbally uttered images) we have the responsibility to bring it to a meaningful end. (whether that ending makes ‘sense’ in a literal, a poetic or musical way).
We will work solo, in small groups and in big ensemble producing pieces of stories, poetic dialogues, language sculptures and wise words.
The workshop will be held in Dutch and/or English, depending on the wishes of the participants. For your individual work during the workshop any language is welcome (French, German, Spanish, Japanese…)
Saturday 04-02-2012 12:00-18:00
Sunday 05-02-2012 10:30-12:30 + Genetic Choir session 13:30-17:30
Thursday 09-02-2012 18:00-22:00
Friday 10-02-2012 12:30-18:15 + concert (until +/- 19:00)
Workshop fee for the four days is: 165 Euro excl. BTW
You can give yourself up for the workshop or ask for more information by sending a message through this website (see Contact in the menu above)