The waves of sound come from all around - And yet this skin it keeps me in
Must one speak to be heard? Must one move to be seen?
My BodyVoice an echoing word - Writing the story of where I've been
BodyVoice is a research project exploring the relationship of Voice, Body, Landscape and Memory.
Through BodyVoice I am developing a process for devising theatre and exploring ourselves through our connection to body and voice.
BodyVoice looks to unlock clues of our being and expand our possibilities through intuitive movement and sound.
To find ones voice means to find ones identity in an external world, the ability to communicate from the authentic self* and present a true expression of our inner landscape of thoughts and feelings. However, too often we are made to hold our tongues or eat our words. We hold back our voice, we internalise it and by so doing we cut off our connection to our outer reality, leaving ourselves feeling helpless, frustrated, our voice unheard.
This is a physical response. In a world where it can be hard to speak our minds or from the heart no wonder so many people are clamping their jaws, shallow breathing, gasping for breath, holding their breath, tightening their fists as they cling on to the acceptable self** while silently screaming inside, holding back, hunching up as their insides are tied in knots of shame, pain and frustration as we carry the world of unuttered musings upon our shoulders as words echo unending through our heads.
Our bodies contain our histories. Our bodies tell our stories. How we stand, how we sit, how we walk, how we talk can give so much information about an individual and the group/society/environment which that individual resides. We carry our experiences around with us, informing how we react, feel and think about the world and subsequently transforming or deforming our physical representatives i.e our bodies and our voices.
- Offers a safe space for individual discovery and expansion
- Uses and develops techniques to explore our innate and learnt responses, so we can discover our authentic selves
- Delves into what it means to find our voice in a community, society or environment
- Brings to light repressed personal and collective memories and finds uninvasive ways to express them
- Creates a holistic approach to devising theatre which looks to tell stories informed by the relationship of authentic, acceptable and destructive self
- Explores how our outer landscapes shape our inner worlds which are then given form by our bodies and voices