Voice Ecology

Ecology is the study of an organism in its habitat. Humans are intrinsically part of nature and not separate. In the deep ecology movement, identification with a ‘narrow ego’ that is separate from nature, towards an ‘ecological self’ that includes nature is seen as a vital condition for self-realization.

Voice Ecology is a vocal training approach that explores how considering ourself as part of our environment effects our self-expression. We investigate how this expanded view can enrich, extend and empower our voices and expression.

Voice Ecology is built on rigorous, playful and carefully directed improvisation and mindfulness exercises combined with discussion. Tremendous power for play, expression and discovery is unlocked and we also have a lot of fun!

“This is a time full of voice but not only. It's also a time of expressive freedom and play where being childish is the biggest virtue.”- Kasia Stankiewicz, workshop participant.

The workshop takes place in the Grotowski Institute’s forest base in Brzezinka, offering simple living conditions and an opportunity to be immersed in the forest far from the city.

Sessions Include:

·       physical and vocal warm up

·       breath practice

·       centring ourselves

·       group focus and tuning

·       meditation

·       improvisation exercises

·       discussion

 

Samuel Alty is an award-winning composer, songwriter, physical theatre performer, musical director activist and teacher. Based in Poland since 2011 he has been associated with the Song of the Goat Theatre, Studio Matejka and the Grotowski Institute. He has performed and led workshops internationally and was the receiver of the Best Music Award in Ozdemir Nutku Theatre Awards (Turkey) – 2019. The video for his song ‘Where the Sea Meets the Land’ was nominated for the North Europe International Film Festival 2021.

Learning musical instruments came easy to Alty but the voice did not. From sounding like a “dying cat” he now uses his voice professionally, runs vocal workshops, and has released songs played frequently on streaming services and radio. Alty guides his workshops full of empathy and has a deep respect for the process people undergo when they feel ready to work with their voices. 

Next Workshop:

Forest retreat: Nowina: 8-10 October

250zł (50zł deposit)

 

To register for a workshop or find out more information please email:

vox.ecology@gmail.com