Exploring the Human Voice in Motion
3-Week Program with Irena Z. Tomažin, Nina Wehnert, Alessio Castellacci
March 4 - 22, 2019

The Winter Intensive is TWIS foundation study program and is structured as a cohesive exploration of the Human Voice and its inherent creativity. The 3 weeks are facilitated by teachers Nina Wehnert, Irena Tomažin and Alessio Castellacci, who share with the group of participants their complementary practices of sound and movement. These are organised as an integrated approach to the study of the Embodied Voice. 

The program welcomes artists and explorers at different stages of their professional and life process. The priority is given to applicants who share a strong motivation to dive deep in the relationship with their own vocality through intense physical experimentation, and who are open to embrace a state of naked vulnerability towards their own vocal body and to be present to the other participants' process in an empathic way. Our ambition is to cultivate a communal space of acceptance and feedback, to reflect the political urgency of developing and sustaining practices of Deep Listening and Deep Caring. The course is designed to create a safe space in which the innate need to express ourself vocally can thrive, unlocking the emotional blocks that holds our voice.

During the program you are invited to play and experiment with different techniques and approaches:
- somatic approaches to perception, movement and relationship (Body Mind Centering / anatomical study of breath and voice / somatic explorations with   guided imagery / Deep Listening meditations / hands-on work in partners)
- the art of folk singing (learning how to enter a fine dialogue with songs from different oral traditions)
- practices of energy activation (Osho dynamic meditations, impulse and breath work)
- principles of Vocal Instant Composition and Voice & Movement Improvisation
- techniques to enter in a state of free associative, embodied thinking (sensorial deprivation tasks / synesthetic perception)
- development of personal and group research (through exercises of self-reflection and group feedback)
- articulation of your own artistic desires, impulses and obsessions into more organised forms (receiving mentoring and sharing short work-in-progress   with the group)

The 3rd week is co-facilitated by Irena Tomažin and Alessio Castellacci for both morning and afternoon classes, and offers a space for developing personal and group research with the support of their mentoring. At the end of the second week they will address the group with a proposal for a structure for the last week, which is open to any adjustment and direction of research based on the group's emerging desires and interests. This is where your input to share propositions and articulate wishes becomes essential. It is the necessary transition of each birth process from the safety of a guided and structured research to the openness and uncertainty of a more independent space. it stands for the vital tension between chaos and form. This is where you make the practice your own and prepare to integrate the tools learned in the first two weeks into your daily experience. In the end of the 3rd week, the process of presenting short individual or collaborative work-in-progress, exchanging constructive feedback with the group under the mentors' support, will enable a deeper understanding and perception of meaning of your personal practice. The focus is on performing and improvising as a leap into the unknown, and as a moment of physical integration of the inputs received and of articulation of your personal world.

'The process of finding your Voice is a unique experience, that can never be reduced to a specific aesthetic or technique. It is made of endless finding and surrendering, with no arrival point other than the present listening.'



Photo credits: Cosme Andaluz, Darius Bogdanowicz, Tomaz Santl, Rocio Marano, Patrick Beelart, Ksenija Spanec.