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  • "I came with no expectations and even less experience of specifically working on my voice.  What a relevation a perfect... Read more
  • "I have never learned so much in one week before! About myself, about my voice, about the magic of words... Read more
  • "I had an 'inkling in my gut' to come here. Like an odyssey. And that inkling turned out to be... Read more
  • "...a wonderful artistic voice centre!...a supportive and inspiring environment...Kristin - you have nurtuted and challenged me. Rena- fantastic food!!...such care... Read more
  • "I have loved the journey to Orkney, and travelling the distance has opened up possibilities for an inner journey.  Nothing... Read more
  • "In just four days I have changed shape, inside and out.  My voice feels and sounds stronger and more me,... Read more
  • "I'm nearly 50 now, have been a professional voice-over artist for more than 20 years and have enjoyed significant success,... Read more
  • "I have learned I can work in a group of thirteen people and like all of them! - C.H.... Read more
  • "I have loved the experience of becoming more connected with my body, my breath, my self.  I know I will... Read more
  • "I have had a wonderful time on this course - Kristin is a ninja of voice...C.M.... Read more
  • "Just great. Exploration, discovery, fun; made me feel so welcome by everyone;stretched in every way - I can't wait to... Read more
  • "Such a wonderful week of vocal discovery, body awareness, breath galore and great company - the joy, the laughter, the... Read more
  • "Well, what an experience! Never to be forgotten.  It was an honour and a pleasure to experience the Introductory Voice... Read more
  • "It's my first time in this Scottish land and the first time I spoke Shakespeare in English - my favourite... Read more
  • "Thank you so much, Kristin. I have a new relationship with myself: with my sacrum, vertebrae, whole spine: my breath!... Read more
  • "Now winter nights enlarge... come and work with Kristin on Shakespeare's Sonnet, Speeches and Scenes and your nights will be... Read more
  • "I got drunk on the words.  I ate them.  I felt them fill my belly and nourish my body.  Thank... Read more
  • "This Shakespeare week was magical.  Thank you from the bottom of heart, from my spine, nervous system and brain for... Read more
  • "The studio is beautiful - loved doing warm-ups and sonnets in the face of nature, the angry skies, the pounding... Read more
  • "You have had a profound impact of my work as a teacher and director, and on my relationship to language... Read more
  • "This has been a 25-year journey to Shakespeare.  It was everything I could have hoped for - and more. To... Read more
  • "Being in Orkney adds such a special flavour - re-connected me to the nature that's so alive in Shakespeare's plays.... Read more
  • "This week was most needed as I prepare to audition for Graduate programs in the USA.  My classmates were amazingly... Read more
  • "Dear Kristin, Thank you for sharing your passion and reinvigorating our craft.  Your tenacity and vigor has transformed our practice... Read more
  • " You and your work has given me a language and a confidence to trust my perception, my impulses, my self... Read more
  • " I go through the warm up before rehearsing and performing,I use 'Devices' for text work to approach new text -... Read more
  • "The great irony is that I have found my voice ... and can't find the words to voice a response.... Read more
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    Introductory Linklater Voice Technique

    Format

    The 30-hour workshop runs 7 hours a day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - and Saturday morning. Thursday is a day off for sight-seeing or rest.

    Content

    The workshop begins with exercises designed to awaken a sensory and imagistic relationship with voice. The progression of exercises leads from physical awareness (locating tension and releasing it), to awareness of natural breathing, the experience of sound in the body, the release of tension in the throat, jaw, tongue and soft palate, the development of resonating power in the chest, the mouth and the face, the accompanying development of breathing power, the exploration of range throughout two to three octaves of speaking notes and, finally, to articulation.

    The workshop gives a practical, experiential overview of the voice work for actors known as Freeing the Natural Voice. This work is extensively laid out and explained in the 2006 edition of Kristin Linklater’s book Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language. The overall function of the work is to remove the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human vocal instrument. The objective of the work is a voice in direct contact with emotional impulse, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it. Once the voice is free it can connect viscerally with language, transforming communication and interpretative skills.

    Be aware that exercises include adapted yoga position, floor relaxation, arm-swings and other physical activities. All these can be adjusted to individual physical needs.


    Accommodation: You will be housed at the Voice Centre in our new, purpose-built Bothy. All rooms are single occupancy with shared toilet/shower facilities.

    Duration: The workshop offers a minimum of 30 hours tuition time.  

    Sunday: Please plan your arrival to be at the Voice Centre for 6pm for a welcome dinner and orientation. You will be collected from the ferry or airport and taken to the Centre (please note travel times: 45 mins from airport, 20 mins from ferry).

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: These are your core working days.

    Classes run from 9.00am - 1.00pm and 3.00pm to 6.00pm.
    There will be a two-hour lunch break from 1.00pm - 3.00pm.
    The evening meal will be served at around 6.30pm.

    Thursday: This is a day for study and relaxation, either staying home at the Centre or out exploring Orkney. Breakfast will be available as normal but lunch and dinner will not be provided. You may cook for yourself or eat out at a restaurant. Thursday’s plans will be arranged once you are here.

    Saturday: There will be a final morning session of voice work 9.00-12.30.

    Departures are any time after 12.30, and lunch will be provided if your departure is later than 12.30.

    Dates:
    May 13th - May 19th 2018

    Duration:
    1 Week

    Price: £850.00 + (inc VAT)*

    Qualifications for attendance:
    Desire to develop understanding of voice. No previous training necessary. Fluent ENOUGH in English to follow Kristin's instruction.

    Bring: Loose clothing for work. No belts. No jeans. Up to 20 lines of a memorised text that has special meaning for you. This can be a poem or a dramatic speech from any period, or any prepared text that serves your purpose (e.g 3 minutes of a speech or lecture). If English is not your first language, then the text can be in your own language - bring an English translation.

    If you are unsure if you fulfil the prerequisites for your chosen workshop please use the 'Enquire' button in the first instance.

    *Vat position under review and will be clarified prior to invoicing