PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES
We endeavor to create an inclusive and responsive environment in which to explore the embodiment and freedom of the individual’s unique performance spirit. Based in on-going research, our approach follows the dynamic, interconnected systems of the human organism to support a continually evolving artistic process. It sees the body and voice as equal partners in the revealing of vibrational presence, resonance and range into language on stage.
The practices, which balance simple anatomical truths with energizing, imaginative and creative exploration, invite a consciousness and awareness to move through limiting patterns and habits into the recognition and recovery of one’s vitality and potential. They offer time and space to honor the sometimes complex, paradoxical and mysterious journey in the cultivation of ease, clarity, specificity, courage and dynamic response.
The work will leave you with invigorating questions, refined skills, and an energized, healthful practice to support your professional goals.
The Moving Voice Institute has developed as a natural expansion of more than three decades of dedicated exploration, teaching and research of the embodied voice and movement principles that have been the core of Canada’s National Voice Intensive.
The Voice Intensive began in 1986 under the direction of David Smukler. The impetus was the creation of a voice teacher training program. Quickly the Voice Intensive grew from a four-week in-depth examination of the performer’s voice to an ongoing five-week exploration, each year unfolding to create a learning and research experience for faculty and participants alike. The core of the Voice Intensive training and curriculum were grounded in David Smukler’s evolving understanding of the principles that came via his training with Kristen Linklater, based in the work of Iris Warren, and the Syntonics® and Embodied Practice® principles of Voice Intensive faculty member Judith Koltai.
In 2017, the Voice Intensive faculty made a shift from offering only the 5-week intensive structure to creating an institute that would further research and develop training, workshops and explorations in response to the current realities of today's world. The founding of the Moving Voice Institute in 2019 is the launch into initiatives that expand the scope and range of programming, invite wider participation from faculty and participants, while offering both intensive and shorter workshops across the country and in the United States.
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The Moving Voice Institute faculty acknowledge the significant contributions of former colleagues to the development and legacy of the Voice Intensive.
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