Women in Theatre - Silences and Voices

period

22. - 24. Sep 2018

time

location

Godsbanen
Skovgaardsgade 3
8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

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PROGRAMME

22 September

at Teater Katapult, Godsbanen, Århus, Denmark

 

10:00-13:00     The Song of Joy, workshop with Parvathy Baul, Baul singer and storyteller, India (group A participants 10:00-11:15, group B participants 11:30-13:00)

10:00-13:00     The Echo of Silence, workshop with Julia Varley, Odin Teatret actor, Denmark (group B participants 10:00-11:15, group A participants 11.30-13:00)

15:00-16:00     My Silence, My Voice, work in progress concert-performance with Katrine Faber, Teater Viva, Denmark

16:30-17:30     Au fil des voix, a vocal biography with Brigitte Cirla, Voix Polyphoniques, France

 

 23 September

at Teater Katapult, Godsbanen, Århus, Denmark

 

11:00-14:00     Life of the Voice - Voice of Life, workshop with Katrine Faber, Teater Viva actor and singer, Denmark (group A and B participants)

15:00-18:00     Singing together, workshop with Brigitte Cirla, Voix Polyphoniques actor director and choir leader (group A and B participants)

19:30-20:30     The Flying Carpet, vocal work demonstration with Julia Varley, Odin Teatret, Denmark

 

24 September

at Remisen, Godsbanen, Århus, Denmark

 

14:00-19:00     Symposium Women’s Voices: Experiences, Techniques and Visions with Anne Middelboe Christensen (dance critic, Denmark), Brigitte Cirla (singer and choir leader, France), Julia Varley (actor and director, UK/Denmark), Katrine Faber (actor and singer, Denmark), Kitt Johnson (dancer and choreographer, Denmark), Lotte Fårup (theatre director, Denmark), Parvathy Baul (singer and storyteller, India), and workshop and symposium participants.

 

COSTS AND REGISTRATION:

max 30 participants

To reserve performance tickets, and apply for the workshops and symposium please download the application form here >>
to be sent to teaterviva@gmail.com, att. Katrine Faber

Costs:

For the workshops, 9 hours total: DKK 1.000 (reduction for students DKK 600)

For each performance: DKK 120 (reduction for students DKK 60)

For the symposium: DKK 75

For participation in all events: DKK 1.200 (reduction for students DKK 800)

 

Workshop descriptions:

 

The Song of Joy, workshop with Parvathy Baul

Baul is mainly an Indian oral tradition, intrinsically connected to the practice of Yogis, Sufis and Mystics. Each Baul guru has a different way of passing on her knowledge to a pupil. It is more like a transfer of knowledge, different from conventional teaching. In the workshop Parvathy Baul will guide the participants in basic elements of Baul singing through breathing exercises, dance steps, body positions and the learning of melodies and Bengali poetry.

 

The Echo of Silence, workshop with Julia Varley

The workshop deals with the unity of the physical and vocal impulse, the connection between the singing and speaking voice, and the relationship between text and action. The participants will work individually and in chorus to achieve the characteristic generosity of the voice at the moment when it is offered to the surrounding space.

 

 

Life of the Voice - Voice of Life, workshop with Katrine Faber

Katrine will invite the participants of the workshop into an exploration of the landscape of each voice in search of new colours, expressions and possibilities. Participants will work on the breath, body, energy, support and opening and relaxation of the voice. The exploration aims at unfolding the possibilities of the voice in a playful and trustful way through movements, songs, improvisations and small creations. All kinds of voices are welcome.

 

Singing together, workshop with Brigitte Cirla

Our culture has lost a strong and direct relationship to singing and specially to singing together. The main goal of the workshop is to discover and develop one’s voice through the practice of a cappella choir, working with collective and individual vocal and breathing techniques, aiming for a better conscience of the body and a flexible, extensive and free voice.

Exercises include vocal warm-up and exploration of vocal emission and resonators, and popular songs a cappella for equal or mixed voices depending on the participants.

The 9th Transit Festival will take place at Odin Teatret 14-23 June 2019 with the theme: HOPE IN ACTION – THEATRE, WOMEN, WILL. The theme has been chosen with the intention of giving inspiration through visions, experience and the active determination that guides women in their theatre work to struggle against the violence, indifference and exploitation that surrounds us. And to want to present new possibilities, new paths, new voices. Examples of the autonomous and vulnerable presence of women in performance, acting, composing, directing, teaching, writing, singing, storytelling will make up the programme of the festival. This is the legacy that we pass on to younger generations: the will (testament) we write with our actions with the will (resolve) to do something about our hopes.

Katrine Faber, Teater Viva, who has participated previously in Transit Festivals has decided to make a sister festival in Århus in 2019, which will take place in the beginning of June, taking advantage of some of the international artists visiting Denmark and preparing interventions which will be shown afterwards in Holstebro.

In September 2018, Odin Teatret and Teater Viva will collaborate to realize an event in preparation of the two festivals in June 2019, called Women in Theatre; Silences and Voices.

In a time of crisis, disillusionment, corruption, autocracy and war, the voice of women can give hope to the world in building our future. This requires engagement and responsibility. Women in theatre and music have learned to break through their silence, speaking up in the public space, finding the courage to present hidden personal questions, discovering one’s own voice in song and text, conquering techniques to share the stories that need to be told.

Silences and Voices gives the opportunity over two days to participate in workshops with very experienced practitioners from different fields of vocal work (Parvathy Baul from India, Julia Varley from UK, Katrine Faber from Denmark, Brigitte Cirla from France) and take part in a symposium “WOMENS’ VOICES: BREAKING SILENCE – NURTURING VOICE” with talks of women from different artistic and social fields. The talks will focus on how women have broken the silence historically imposed upon them at the same time as nurturing the voice, that speaks the personal, delicate and vulnerable story of us all. A voice that doesn’t necessarily need to use the same rhetoric as everyone else to be heard over the general noise, but choses other ways to be effective.

In this Pre-festival in September ‘18, the invited artists and speakers at the symposium will be Parvathy Baul (India), Brigitte Cirla (France), Julia Varley (UK/IT), Katrine Faber (DK), Anne Middelboe (DK), Lotte Farup (DK)  and Kitt Johnson (DK).

There will be a program of workshops, performances and a symposium.

The workshops will turn around the theme of voice: to have a voice and how to use it; technically and more metaphorical speaking to be a part of the world. How do our work and voice reflect the world; your world, our world?

We will like to attract women artists and all kind of artists, men and women of all kinds as participants in the festival. We will do a special effort to invite young women and their voices.

In this Pre-festival we will tell about the coming activities in 2019. Katrine will invite women to join a group, that through the winter 18/19 will be preparing a performance event on the festivals in 2019.

INVITED ARTISTS

Julia Varley joined Odin Teatret in 1976. Apart from acting she is active in directing, teaching, organising and writing. Since 1990 she has been involved in the conception and organisation of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) and of the University of Eurasian Theatre, both directed by Eugenio Barba. Since its beginning in 1986, she has been active in The Magdalena Project and started the first Transit festival in 1992 (the 9th edition will be in June 2019). Julia has published many articles and three books in various languages. Julia will give a workshop and present a work demonstration. During the symposium, Julia Varley will talk about how her voice taught her to rely on the force of vulnerability in performance.

 

Katrine Faber is a singer, actress, performer, storyteller and director and artistic director of Teater Viva. The performances of Teater Viva are characterised by the meeting between expressive physicality and the use of the human voice in all possible and impossible ways in text, song, music and sound. Katrine travels widely to create cultural projects and barters, and present performances, concerts and cross-art-installations with stories, movements, songs and soundscapes. Recently Teater Viva is engaged in Singing Our Place: a Nordic cross art project about humans, nature and our common future. Katrine will give a workshop and present a work in progress concert. During the symposium, Katrine Faber will talk about how she approaches hidden voices and stories both as a human being and an artist, focusing on the fear and longing to speak up with her own voice in order to take part in society.

Parvathy Baul is a singer, painter and storyteller from West Bengal. Her meeting with the living tradition of Baul prompted her to choose the path of self-training in the Baul order rather than an institutional degree becoming one of the few women who could withstand the hardships of the practitioner’s way of living. Since 1995 she has performed in her home state Bengal and all over India and in several international festivals, including Transit 5, 6, 7 and 8. Parvathy Baul has organised two editions of a women's theatre festival in India, Tantidhatri, in connection with The Magdalena Project. Since 2016, Parvathy participates in Odin Teatret’s performance The Tree. Parvathy will give a workshop and talk at the symposium to present her experience within the centenary Baul tradition.

 

Brigitte Cirla began a career as a singer and actress after an education in classical piano. Brigitte’s passion for both a cappella song and contemporary composition led her to create Voix Polyphoniques in 1991 and explore many contemporary composers and create performances with which she still tours. Brigitte dedicates herself to a continuous musical research on a cappella traditional polyphonic singing and contemporary compositions for voice. As a teacher and choir director, she has led numerous workshops for amateurs and professionals in France and Europe. She is a founding member of The Magdalena Project. Brigitte will give a workshop and present a work demonstration. Her talk at the symposium will focus on her long professional and personal process to find her own voice by confronting difficulties and constraints.

Kitt Johnson is a Danish dancer and choreographer who has been developing her unique artistic universe for more than 25 years. Her style is at once minimalist, expressive and innovative. Since 1992 Kitt has been artistic director of the Copenhagen based company X-act, creating more than 60 productions nationally as well as internationally. Kitt also curates performance festivals, including the site-specific MELLEMRUM Encounter, to create a platform from which Danish and international performance art can engage in dialogue and share experience. From 2019 this ambition will manifest itself in the new-born CCAF, Copenhagen Circus Arts Festival. During the symposium, Kitt Johnson will talk about how movement and dance can give voice to inner questioning even in silence, and about her experience as a choreographer in the Danish and international dance environment.

 

Lotte Faarup is a Danish stage director and playwright, working with theatre out of practical based artistic research. She was co-founder of Theater La Balance in 1988, then in 2005 she became member of the artistic direction of The Danish National Ensemble of Children’s Theatre, Corona La Balance. Since 2009 she has been the artistic director of the theatre company Det Olske Orkester and the experimental laboratory Forsøgsstationen, both situated in Copenhagen. At the symposium, Lotte will talk about the long professional development to finally acquire the courage and determination to speak about important personal issues.

 

Anne Middelboe Christensen, born in 1964, is a Danish theatre and dance critic. Since 1995 she works for the newspaper Information. Anne has a MA in Danish and Theatre Studies, is a part-time lecturer at the University of Copenhagen, and does dramaturgical work with Hostim Rushton and the Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili. Anne is an important opinion leader in the Danish theatre and dance environment and has published several books. Her talk at the symposium is entitled The body, the voice and the dreams of a theatre critic, to talk about how her body absorbs theatre performances to find a voice of criticism.  

Background for Women in Theatre - Silences and Voices

In a time of crisis, disillusionment, corruption, autocracy and war, the voice of women can give hope to the world in building our future. This requires engagement and responsibility. Women in theatre, dance and music have learned to break through their silence, speaking up in the public space, finding the courage to present hidden personal questions, discovering one’s own voice in movement, song and text, conquering techniques to share the stories that need to be told.

Women in Theatre - Silences and Voices gives the opportunity to participate in workshops with experienced practitioners from different fields of vocal work and take part in a symposium with talks of women from different artistic and social fields. The talks will focus on how women have broken the silence historically imposed upon them at the same time as nurturing the voice, that speaks the personal, delicate and vulnerable story of us all.

The collaboration between Teater Viva and Transit Festival to realise the three-day programme in Århus in September 2018 is the result of Katrine Faber’s participation in previous Transit festivals and aims to realise further initiatives.

Transit is an international theatre festival and meeting organised at Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark and directed by Julia Varley, one of the founders of The Magdalena Project, a network of women in contemporary theatre that exists since 1986, directed and initiated by Jill Greenhalgh. The aims of The Magdalena Project include enabling women to produce work that more profoundly reflects their own experience and creating a forum for women’s work in theatre to be seen.

The 9th Transit Festival will take place at Odin Teatret 14-23 June 2019 with the theme: Hope in Action - Theatre, Women, Will. Examples of the autonomous and vulnerable presence of women in performance, acting, composing, directing, teaching, writing, singing, storytelling will make up the programme of the festival. This is the legacy that we pass on to younger generations: the will (testament) we write with our actions with the will (resolve) to do something about our hopes. Katrine Faber and Teater Viva will organise a sister festival in Århus 7-13 June 2019, taking advantage of some of the artists visiting Denmark, preparing interventions which will be shown afterwards in Holstebro, and involving women who have participated in Women in Theatre; Silences and Voices in 2018. Women will be invited to join a group that through the winter of 2018/19 will prepare a performance event for the festivals in 2019.

 

We hope many women will participate so as to hear a chorus of different voices!

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