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The Secret Movement of Words

Tutor: Josephine Grundy
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next date: weekend workshop: Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 April 2018

Intensive workshop in butoh dance and voice

  • Exploring different relations between body, language and voice
  • Working with fundamental concepts from butoh dance such as the body as object or vessel, the tension between opposites, the awareness of different scales in time and space
  • Working with voice, exploring different dimensions of the spoken and written word in relation to dance and physical expression
  • Suitable for all levels, no previous experience necessary.
  • Please bring comfortable clothes for movement.

What will this course cover?

A workshop on the possible relations between body, language and voice.

The vital path of our breath, listening to the vibration of forms, giving voice to movement, giving body to voice.

'Traditionally, in the relation between a word (phonological form) and the outside world it is necessary to study three aspects: the expression of the word, the concept which it is associated with, and the thing that it refers to or referent.

How can we relate word and body, form and expression, structure and essential movement?

Is it possible to reconcile cognitive function and essential expression, to give body to words, to give voice to our skeleton?

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in butoh dance, and exploring body and voice together.

No previous experience of dance or vocal technique is required.

Josephone Grundy

Josephine Grundy comes from a multicultural (UK/France/Spain) and multidisciplinary background.

Having studied Human Sciences at University College London she went on to train in the Lecoq theatre method (Estudis de Teatre Berty Tobías) and to study theatre and physical technique with several different companies and directors.

She has extensive training in music and vocal technique (Estill Voice Craft, Loti Lewis) and lends her voice to a wide range of musical projects and professional recordings. As a result of her bilingual upbringing she also has a great interest in language and linguistics, working at times as a lexicographer, translator and interpreter.

In the last 12 years she has become especially interested in butoh dance, studying extensively with

masters from Japan and other parts of the world (including Rosana Barra, Atsushi Takenouchi and Gyohei Zaitsu) and has been developing her own individual cross-disciplinary approach to performance.

Josephine gives regular classes and workshops in physical/vocal technique and performance, and produces her own pieces within the VoxDansa project, as well as regularly collaborating with other artists and musicians.

For more information see www.voxdansa.com