“..and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” — Walt Whitman
A journey of embodied movement and voice, full of curiosity and delight, exploring connections between our verbal language and our physical language, and our inner and outer worlds. Interweaving the “swing” release movement work of Trish Arnold and the imagery into voice and language work of Kristin Linklater, we’ll explore perceptual dimensions and imagination, and move into selected poems.
Curiosity and a desire to play.
This workshop is suitable for performers, directors, voice teachers and all expressive beings
What Do You Need To Bring/Prepare?
Loose comfortable work clothes. No tights or belts.
Having been in conversation for 15 years, Merry and Alyssa are delighted to play off of each other in body and voice in Orkney.
Merry Conway -I studied with legendary movement teacher, Trish Arnold in London in the early 1970s, and went on, under her supervision, to become a teacher of her work, because I felt such liberation myself as a performer. I taught in several English Drama Schools before returning to America; then subsequently, taught at Carnegie-Mellon University, New York University, Brandeis University, Shakespeare & Company, and The Linklater Center in New York, as well as teaching alongside Kristin Linklater for many years, including joint classes with her at Kristin Linklater Voice Center several times since 2015. The work I did with Kristin, Jacques Lecoq, Jane Gibson and Sue Lefton have affected my work, as well as many years of Embodied Anatomy with Genny Kapuler and Rachel Lynch-John. I currently teach independent workshops online, in addition to New York, Rome, Florence, Tuscania, Stromboli, and Calabria. As well as Movement, I have developed several bodies of original work over the years, inspired by my work with language and Shakespeare — The Embodied Humors, Wit and Wordplay, The Representation of Emotions, The Tripartite Soul and The Fool Studies. I was Anna Deavere Smith’s Movement coach for over 10 years, looking at the specificity of gesture and expression for her wide range of characters. In 2004 I created and produced a 2 DVD set about Trish Arnold and her work, called Tea with Trish. I was Co-Artistic Director of Conway & Pratt Projects for 20 years, creating large-scale installation and performance, have performed various iterations of clown, and currently create solo performance.
Alyssa Ciccarello – My performance foundations are in physical theater, and I have been greatly influenced by Linklater teachers Cecil MacKinnon, Natsuko Ohama, and Andrea Haring and Roy Hart teacher Jonathan Hart Makwaia. While observing Kristin in her final years at Columbia as I trained to be a DLT, I began studying with Merry Conway in many of her workshops over several lines of inquiry. At the same time, I studied one-on-one with Louis Colaianni, integrating his Phonetic Pillows work deep into my own language and expressive play. Certifications include DLT, Colaianni Pillows Practitioner and a BFA in theatre from the Experimental Theatre Wing at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. I have taught voice and speech at New York University, the Actor’s Studio MFA program, Fordham University, Terry Knickerbocker’s Meisner studio, the Linklater Center in NYC, Kadir Has in Istanbul, and the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. I was the Head of Voice and Speech at Maggie Flanigan Studio in Chelsea from 2010 until 2015. Since then, I have started teaching internationally again and venturing outside of acting programs and into the wild world of everyday expressive beings. I have taught regularly at MBA programs in Barcelona such as Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) and Escola Superior d’Administració i Direcció d’Empreses (ESADE), worked with scientists at CERN in Geneva and engineers in Stockholm, developed original workshops for a wide range of professionals in English, Spanish and Catalan and continued to explore performer development in intercultural and polyglot environments. In the Linklater community, I have recently collaborated with Mary Irwin’s MFA program for training Linklater Teachers in the UK, running a Sound and Movement & Phonetic Pillows residential workshop for the trainees.
The workshop runs across the core teaching days of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. These days start at 9 am and finish around 6 pm.
Thursday is a day off for sightseeing around Orkney or rest. Lunch and dinner are not provided that day. You may cook for yourself or eat out at a restaurant. Thursday’s plans will be arranged once you are here. If you opt for the escorted trip you will be using the Centre’s minibus for travel.
Food and Accommodation
You will be housed at the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre in our purpose-built Bothy. All rooms are single occupancy with shared toilet/shower facilities.
Mealtimes are communal. Lunch and dinner are cooked by our own chef. We cater for dietary considerations including the following: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and lactose intolerant. We regret to say that we are unable to accommodate more complex dietary requirements. For additional food information please see our FAQs.
Residential workshops at the Centre are fully residential offerings only. No camping facilities are available. The residential experience at the Centre is based on the participants learning, sharing, creating, and working individually and collectively.
Arrivals and Departures
Sunday Arrivals: We anticipate your arrival on Sunday, sometime in the afternoon is good as this ensures you are present for the Welcome Dinner at 6.30 pm. We shall collect you and take you up to the Centre on Sunday at a time suitable to coordinate in with the other arrivals. (Please note travel times: 45 mins from the airport, 20 mins from the ferry).
Saturday Departures: These will be after breakfast and we will arrange to transport you to the ferry/airport or drop you off at your local accommodation.
For more information on how to get here, please contact our local and reputable travel agency Scapa Travel, advising them that you are travelling to Orkney to stay at the Voice Centre.
Should you wish to arrive in Orkney early, or to stay on after your workshop finishes, we recommend you use Orkney.com or another online accommodation site to make your personal arrangements.
Information on Current Covid guidance for travelling to Scotland and International travel to Scotland. can be found using these links. Please note we cannot answer specific individual questions on travel and recommend you contact Scapa Travel with any such queries.
Please ensure that when making your travel arrangements you have suitable insurance to cover any other losses associated with your trip as KLVC and the course organiser cannot take any responsibility for any additional costs.
We are closely monitoring and adhering to Government and local guidelines and will advise you of specific local requirements, if any, prior to the commencement of your workshop.
If you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop start date, a 100% refund will be provided.*
If you cancel within 30 – 14 days before the workshop start date a 50% refund will be provided.*
If you cancel within 14 days before the workshop start date no refund will be provided.
Subject to availability, the cost of any amount not refunded could be put towards the cost of another course.
KLVC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any workshop or event at any time. Should the rescheduled dates or alternative offered by KLVC not be suitable to you we shall refund any payments made by you.
(*less transaction costs and any administration costs incurred)
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