'5' - screener

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Workshop and Performance from Voice Theatre Lab

Year: 2008, 47 mins
Code: RL-Fau5

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'5' is training session focusing on vocal actions, energies and the image. It is a filmed, staged workshop; an exploration of devices [exercises, concepts and ideas] used throughout Voice Theatre Lab’s 2007 and 2008 training sessions. It is a sequence of short scenes that are interconnected which depict the 5 elements and how they relate to each other.  
These elements [wood, fire, metal, water, earth] are linked with the voice and its emotional expression to form an abstract exploration of the human voice and body. The training which this film demonstrates was used in the re-mounting of ‘Dr Faustus’ in 2008.

Robert Lewis trained at the University of Tasmania, Monash University, NIDA and RMIT. He is Lecturer in Theatre [Voice] at the Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston, and is Director of the Voice Theatre Lab.

Voice Theatre Lab is housed at the Academy of the Arts, Launceston. It is a laboratory; it explores and develops rigorous and highly energized physical and vocal training methods, fusing contemporary East and West theatre practices to create a physio-vocal training aesthetic. Voice Theatre Lab are not bound by the semantic meaning of words. The freedom from not having connections to meaning enables performers to explore a range of concrete and abstract elements.

Robert Lewis, Lecturer in Voice and Theatre, and Theatre Sub-Dean, is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), University of Tasmania, Monash University and RMIT. Robert is the director of the Voice Theatre Lab, a performance group focusing on physio-vocal practice and research. Some of the productions include ‘Dr Faustus’, ‘5’ (both published on DVD, distributed through Artfilms), ‘Tetractys', ‘The Oedipus Project’ and 'Iam Nocte'.


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