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Saturday, June 15 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Re-Distributing the Means of Vocal Production: Voice Training as a Tool of Political Intervention LIMITED

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Program Description: This workshop will combine Boal's exercises with the voice, looking at how voice training can be utilised as a tool of undoing and contesting socially structured oppressions on the voice. 

Abstract: Boal discusses training bodies in the practices of Theatre of the Oppressed as a form of consciousness raising. He describes using theatre to train the body of the participant, 'to raise them to the level of consciousness’ (Boal 2008: 104). Training allows the participant to become aware of how alienation has impacted upon her body: how economic, cultural and social structures mark the body. Training is a training in noticing how the world marks the body and accordingly changes the subject’s relationship to the world. In my practice I have combined Boal’s practice of training bodies as a form of consciousness raising and resistance to bodily alienation with techniques of voice training. I brought together the techniques of prominent voice teachers Kristen Linklater and Patsy Rodenburg with the principles of Theatre of the Oppressed to explore how the voice has been marked by structural repressions of class, gender, race etc., and to what extent this training can provide tools to begin to fight back by resisting and transforming these repressions. I undertook this practice with groups of young women in the United Kingdom, where I led voice workshops that explored the participants’ understanding of political engagement. In this workshop I would like to demonstrate how I applied the principles of Theatre of the Oppressed to the practice of voice training, using the specific example of how I adapted image theatre as a way for the young women to explore oppression and liberation of the voice. Departing from images and dialogue, this workshop focuses on the non-verbal voice as a way to express and articulate both social oppression and vocalisations of resistance against this oppression.
Challenging Questions
1. How can the concept of training be used as a liberatory and political practice?
2. How is the voice marked by social structures and how does voice training contest this?
3. How can Theatre of the Oppressed practices specifically target the question of voice?   


Dr. Sarah Weston

University of Leeds / Salford Community Theatre
I have been working in community and applied theatre in the north of England for the last 6 years, specifically working with working-class communities in post-industrial cities. I have some experience in Theatre of Oppressed work and Boal technique through working with theatre companies... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
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