Edinburgh City, United Kingdom
On not making a sound…
This workshop we will have the opportunity to explore not making vowel sounds…those pre-verbal ooos and ahhhs and iiiis of communication and expression. How might inhibition, in this case a gentle decision not to imitate a given vocal sound, allow space for the unwinding and unravelling of early vocal patterns. Dropping into a place of spacious listening we can explore the delight of choosing if, when and how we might like to make a sound. In a safe group setting this process can often give rise to unexpected, playful and creative responses.
The experience of not sounding vowels may take us into deep, sometimes blissful, wordless states which might be unfamiliar to our adult selves, so there will be ample time at the end to integrate and share our experiences and frequent verbal check-ins as we go along.
It seems important to say that this is not in any way a singing workshop but a space for exploration. If you wish you can choose not to make a sound for the entire session! Bring a blanket for extra security if you wish.
About Sarah Bonner-Morgan
I came to the Technique over 40 years ago as a young, rather anxious flute player while studying music at Southampton University. Jaw problems – literal lock-jaw at times – stopped me playing, and singing, and I moved into classical music administration eventually working as a freelance tour manager for baroque orchestras. During that time I had Alexander lessons with Carmen Burton (now Tarnowski) and I trained as a teacher in my mid-thirties with Robin Simmons, Jean Clark and Elisabeth Waterhouse.
A happy meeting on a train station led me to Edinburgh in 1999 to take over a colleague’s flute and Alexander teaching practice while she travelled and I’ve lived here ever since. Here in Edinburgh I’ve been able to quieten my over-stretched nervous system and give myself time to explore my love of improvised voice and dance (5 Rhythms), the internal Chinese martial arts and the beautiful poetry and practices from the Sufi tradition. I play frame-drums and during (and since) lockdown I’ve been learning the Persian Daf with an Iranian teacher in Toronto – the blessings of Zoom!
I have a private teaching practice and I’m currently enjoying the delights and perfect challenges of working with trainee teachers at the Edinburgh Alexander Training School in Portobello by the sea-side…
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h
Room not yet assigned
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