Vocal workshop with Alice Hui-Sheng Chang and TURA Performance at PICA.
June 1, 2015
Alice invited us to sit down with eyes closed and be mindful of our bodies and breathing. Massaging neck, arms, legs, inhaling, exhaling... these seemed to prepare ourselves for what can be a strenuous activity.
We then began to modify our breathing by adding sounds... texture, guttural sounds, rolling tongues, raspberries, whistling.
The performance consisted of 3 sections during which we made use of the space and its chambers for resonance, we engaged in repetition and interaction, we moved around the gallery trying out different ideas or borrowing from what others were doing.
Alices practice uses silence and sounds that have great dynamics from soft whimpering to cascades screaming. Her palette of vocalisations is wide enough but what makes her interesting is how she develops and places her gestures during the performance which is improvised, she demonstrates a keen judgement in solo performance.
The experience has been a stimulating one, as a composer and performer I can see how I can incorporate aspects of free improvisation into what I do.
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