course code: WS603
the use of breathing and the body vowels
with agnes de brunhoff
monday aug 10, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: HSG-024, Health Science Building (ground level)
A activity D voice
Breathing and singing immediately brings us face to face with the worry of having enough breath to maintain the right amount of effort for a long lasting exhalation. The minute we begin to focus on our own Use while breathing, we tend to disturb it. That 's why, instead of looking for an ideal way of breathing or for ‘good’ body breathing, we should learn to stop interrupting the appropriate USE of our breathing. Through singing in her own shows and coaching of numerous Opera singers, Agnès de Brunhoff has experimented with developing the right amount of muscular tension through the Alexander Technique principles. The appropriate Use of the self engages our breathing from the perineum to the cheekbones. This is key to providing the necessary expansion required for singing and talking in public. Applying the Alexander Technique to breathing and voice, avoids any specific concentration on the breathing itself. In this workshop, as a first step, let’s play with the column of air along our spine, let’s ‘chew’ the vowels in the facial mask, allow them to take shape with the column of air, and enjoy their résonances through singing and text.