Joanna Weir Ouston

The Moment of Magic

The Moment of Magic

Sonntag, 4. November 2018, 09h00 – 11h00

Breath is central to our entire psycho-physical life. Everything we feel is in some way reflected in our breath, sometimes even before we realise we are feeling it. When an actor connects deeply with their breath, voice and the text, a moment of performance magic occurs. The thinking, feeling voice emerges with a profound richness of resonance, emotional connection and meaning which instantly echo in the hearts and minds of the audience. There is a sense of truth and clarity of the text and authenticity of the person. New, richer harmonics spring to life in the voice, as does a moving mixture of presence and vulnerability.
The theme of this voice workshop will be reconnecting with one’s breath, further developing resonance, and exploring the profound connection between breath, voice, thought and self. It will focus on centring the breath more deeply, exploring sound in the body, and building the kinaesthetic relationship between vocal presence, emotional connection, clarity of thought and ownership of text. The aim will be for participants to experience some of the ways in which Linklater based voice and text work can increase vocal freedom and resonance, and build a deeper, simpler emotional connection to the spoken word.

Joanna Weir Ouston is a voice and text coach of international repute. She is Head of Voice at the Oxford School of Drama, and has taught on the MA in Voice Studies programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London for 29 years. For seven years she also taught on the Actor Training courses at Royal Central and the Florida State University London programme. A Designated Linklater teacher since 1991, Joanna has taught voice and text for over thirty years in the UK, Australia, Europe and the USA, and has worked as a voice coach on productions in London’s West End theatres, at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and regional theatres in the UK and USA. She also works as a theatre director and recently directed Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit in the USA. Joanna has lead workshops and been a keynote speaker at conferences in the UK and internationally. She contributed a chapter called ‘The Breathing Mind, The Feeling Voice’ to ‘Breath In Action’, published in 2009. In 1987 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship.

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