You Are Your Instrument: Embodiment and Acting for Singers

 

WKS 446
You Are Your Instrument: Embodiment and Acting For Singers
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For Level 2 click here)

As of July 1, 2021, this course has closed. We are no longer accepting registrations.

July 5-9, 2021 / Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
Online course

Lindsay Warren Baker, instructor
Guest: Timothy Long, Associate Professor of Opera, Eastman School of Music; Music Director, Eastman Opera Theatre

This five-day acting workshop is geared towards the classical singer who wants to become a more embodied, attentive, and active performer. Students will gain a deeper understanding and awareness of their bodies as instruments and sources of creativity for character and performance. Over the course of the five days, students will apply what they learn in the daily lessons and activities to a personal character study.*  This course will benefit both younger singers who want to become more confident onstage and more experienced singers who would like to reconnect with themselves and take a deeper dive into their repertoire.

*Note: Prior to the start of the workshop, students will select a role to focus on over the week. The choice should be based on an aria or musical theater solo that is already in their repertoire and they are comfortable singing.

Enrollment is limited to 10 singers and 10 auditors. Singing participants will receive personal feedback, one-on-one sessions with the instructor, and class feedback of independent work. Auditing participants may attend all group sessions.

Workshop Overview

  • Note: Due to the online nature of the workshop, projects will include both synchronous activities and asynchronous self-recorded assignments that the instructor and class will watch and discuss.
  • Morning — Asynchronous mindfulness activities and assigned readings.
  • Afternoon — Synchronous group class, activities, and discussion of daily character study assignments.
  • Evening — Asynchronous independent work on daily personal character study assignment.
  • Each student enrolled in the full session will also receive a 1:1 one-hour coaching session with the instructor. 

Day 1 — Getting to Know You: What is Embodiment?

  • Activities include a class meet and greet (course overview and discussion of personal goals) and a variety of mindfulness activities connecting the body, mind, and breath.

Day 2 — Using the Body

  • An introduction to the Viewpoints methodology. Activities include physical explorations and how to develop a character from the outside-in.

Day 3 — Using the Text

  • Learning how to activate text through analysis and psychological actions. Today we explore character from the inside out.

Day 4 — Using the Music (with guest instructor Timothy Long)

  • Opera and musical theater are particularly heightened art forms as a result of the interconnection of music and text. What happens when we take the text away and focus on the music? Today’s activities help the singing-actor “own” the time and space of song … and silence.

Day 5 — Integrating the Instrument

  • The last day culminates in a final performance of individual character studies.

Professional Development Hours: 15
Tuition:
Participant: $450 / noncredit     WKS 446-1
Auditor: $200 / noncredit     WKS 446-2          

“The workshop did help me achieve my goals. I have always felt awkward trying to add gestures into songs before this workshop, but my mindset has changed about this concept and I realize that I don’t necessarily have to gesture, and that I can trust my body and my instincts when adding movement into a song.” – 2020 participant