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Spirit of the Word


Sat 22 Oct 2011–Mon 24 Oct 2011, 10:00am

Where: Massey University - Manawatū Campus, University Avenue, Palmerston North

Restrictions: R18

Listed by: creation

Weekend Introductory Workshop in Voice, Gesture and Movement:
'Creative Speech and the Art of Drama' - renewal of speech and drama out of mystery knowledge from its origins in Ancient Greece, based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. Professional development for teachers, actors, singers and anyone working with and interested in poetry and acting.

Creative Speech is a renewal of the art of speaking, reaching out with ease into the space around, the voice being carried on the breath stream. We can develop a power of speech similar to the ancient bards in oral traditions around the world. This new art of speaking connects us to who we truly are. It enhances our well-being and self-confidence, and strengthens the voice.
The renewal of Drama as Creative Art arises out of experiencing and expressing the different qualities of the sounds of language. It is a schooling of the inner listening. The new Art of Eurythmy makes speech and music visible through movement. It helps us to enter fully into the character of the sounds and elements of language and its movement and life.

Tutors: Astrid Anderson, Penelope Snowdon-Lait, Elien Hoffmans.
Deadline for enrolments: 17th October 2011.
Contact:; ph: +64 6 857 7113 or; ph: +64 3 384 976.

About the course:

This is an Introductory Level Course, for anyone who would like to improve their expression through the voice. It involves body, soul and spirit, in a process of inner and outer awareness, awakening a new sensitivity for gesture in speaking, vocal performance and in acting.

Themes – the four elements, earth, water, air and fire, as formative principles of nature – soul expressions as objective moods – explored through the sounds of language.

Voice, gesture and movement work with the above themes, using speech exercises, poetry and dramatic elements.

A new inner orientation in speaking and acting; more self confidence; enlivened breathing; enhanced vocal expression; greater self-awareness.

A certificate of attendance will be issued on completion.

About the tutors:

- Astrid Anderson – has been working in speech and drama in schools and tertiary education, giving workshops, directing, performing and story-telling for over 30 years, and has twice run a speech and drama training course, first in Germany and later in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, where she has been living since 1984.
- Penelope Snowdon-Lait – has taught, acted, and directed in Europe, USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. She is involved with professional as well as community theatre, and has received public funding for three mixed ability shows. She has been a faculty member of Rudolf Steiner-based trainings in Switzerland, Australia and England and has lived and worked in Christchurch, New Zealand since 1983.
- Elien Hoffmans – is a Eurythmist with much experience touring, performing and teaching in Europe and South America before moving to New Zealand in 2002. She is currently working as eurythmy teacher and therapist at Te Ra Waldorf School on the Kapiti Coast. She is also co-founder of the Greater-Wellington Eurythmy Ensemble. Elien has also trained and worked in speech and drama.

This workshop will be held in the Drama Lab, (MB 420), Geoffrey Perin Building.
It is independent, and not an official Massey University course.

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