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Voice and the Core / White Dark

Year: 2007, 72 mins
Code: RL-VoiPt1
ISBN: 978-1-921882-30-2

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Voice & the Core is a training film that combines core strength exercises with basic voice work and is for performers who have had some training, or understanding in voice and movement. Robert Lewis demonstrates these twelve exercises that have been inspired by selected Pilates poses. The work is an integration of voice and body; the connection of thought, feeling, breath, voice and the core muscle groups. Core strength training improves posture and is essential for every day movement and performance. This training video demonstrates to the performer that tension and freedom are equally as important and are essential for performance.

White Dark, written by Chris Jackson and Robert Lewis, was an experimental one man performance which premiered at the Ten Days on the Island Festival in Launceston, Tasmania in 2007. White Dark integrates the philosophies and practice of Butoh dance with voice, and explores the voice in its entirety: the light, the dark, the highs and lows.

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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