A Sound of Teaching—with Phil Timberlake— Broadcast on Montez Press Radio, Saturday, November 21st, 2020 11AM–12:00, Broadcast on WGXC, Tuesday December 1st, 2020, 2PM–3PM
A Sound of Teaching—with Phil Timberlake— Conversations with Phil Timberlake, actor and teacher of voice and speech for actors, leading us through exercises inspired by Roy Hart, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Arthur Lessac and Kristin Linklater and leading him through how he visually imagines a moment of his teaching.
Joined by Phil Timberlake
Phil Timberlake is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech at DePaul University’s Theatre School. He is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and holds a Diploma as a Roy Hart Voice Teacher. Phil has been a Fulbright Fellow to France, and is currently an ensemble member at Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre.
Vocospherics, Broadcast on Montez Press Radio, Saturday, October 31st, 2020, 11AM–12, Broadcast on WGXC, Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, 2PM–3PM
Vocospherics— Modulatet speech sounds to help diminish Covid’s spread? Thinking aloud around aerosolizations of voice — and what happens in the infrazone bettween mouth and mask.
Mimicry of, Broadcast on Montez Press Radio, Saturday, September 26th, 2020 11AM–12:00, Broadcast on WGXC, Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, 2PM–3PM
Mimicry of—To get used to the quality of speaking to yourself, sympathizing space and drawing the perimeter of the room with breath, hiking with Lia, decide what your feet are in, Bella reading some notes from Roger Caillois on Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia, Arthur Russell.
Liquid Breath, Broadcast on WGXC, Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020, 2PM–3PM
Liquid Breath—A note on liquid breath and a selection of breathing exercises from past broadcasts.
Crowds, Broadcast on Montez Press Radio, Saturday, April 25th, 2020, 11AM–12PM, Broadcast on WGXC, Tuesday, May 5th, 2020, 3PM–4PM
Missing crowds, fractured voices and bodies, synchronous and asynchronous crowds, eyes and voice tracing in two directions at once, sitcom without a laugh track, quilts and syncopating sentences, crowding ourselves, “sensation already overfull,” Silvesterklausen walking with bells from house to house in the Appenzell from Thomas Lüchinger’s Guets Neus, effects of alcohol on the sound of a crowd, making a crowd of the body.
Windows Mirrors Floors, Broadcast on Montez Press Radio, Saturday, March 28th, 2020, 11AM–12PM, Broadcast on WGXC, Tuesday, April 7th, 2020, 3PM–4PM
Windows Mirrors Floors
Hardwood, its pores, chatoyance, spalting, and checking, defining exercises, dancing in and out of windows, finding and holding a personal horizon-line, tracing one’s profile in the mirror, “aee…I,” “hey,” “no, no, no,” conversations in the mouth, wide and narrow soap swings (“ka”-“ta” / “ga”-“lu”), putting the horizon on the mirror. Handel’s “Water Music,” Canned Heat, Carol Douglas, Joaquín Sabina and Rocío Dúrcal.
Resonators—with Zack Winokur, Broadcast on WGXC, Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, 2PM–3PM, Broadcast on Montez Press Radio, Saturday, July 25th, 2020, 11AM–12PM
Resonators—with Zack Winokur—Releasing tension—breathing into your hands, visceral sphere, floating (in your breath and liquid-air around you), pulling a string of “tzss” out from your mouth, hanging from the ceiling like a puppet, mouth at the back of your head. Rooting (pushing down into the ground) and uprooting (pushing up against your own body) “see out of you back eyes…this is you back nose, smell out of your back nose…this is your back mouth. I want you to first taste out of back tongue” vocalizing out of your back mouth. Pushing on your fingers with your eyes. Finding the heaviness of limbs. Rudder. Elbow as the pelvis. Standing close to an opera singer. An opera singer’s bodily control (finding space) and inability to control. Singing with and without a pelvis. Singing through a straw.
Joined by Zack Winokur
Zack Winokur is a stage director, choreographer, and dancer. In 2017 Winokur, founded AMOC (American Modern Opera Company), which Winokur co-directs with composer Matthew Aucoin. AMOC is an ensemble of singers, musicians, and dancers committed to creating a body of new, discipline-colliding music-theater works that range from operatic stage work to creatively curated chamber events. Future highlights include directing Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Santa Fe Opera, and a newly devised piece in collaboration with AMOC and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, which tours the Bay Area, the Krannert Center, and comes to the Met Museum next fall. Highlights from last season include The Black Clown, an adaptation of the Langston Hughes poem starring Davóne Tines with music by Michael Schachter, at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and the American Repertory Theater; Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine, with music by Tyshawn Sorey, text by Claudia Rankine, and starring Julia Bullock at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; a new production of Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarrón starring Davóne Tines, also at the Met Museum; and a new piece for the Los Angeles Dance Project at the Luma Foundation in Arles, France.
Borrowing Tellings—with Dan J. Ruppel, Broadcast on Montez Press Radio, Saturday, February 29th, 2020, 11AM–12PM
Borrowing Tellings—with Dan J. Ruppel—Ekphrasis and persuading communication—voices bouncing around a room, voices bouncing around in history, 16th century forms of “truth telling” and recounting triumphal processions, “take a deep breath down,” triumphal arches and illustrations of triumphal carts, overworking and pumping the diaphragm, impersonating absence, the details of something that didn’t happen, Barbara Tennenbaum’s Persuasive Communication, embodying a room in the rhythms of one’s voice, “hu hu hey” and directing the voice, historians’ ekphrasis and verisimilitude, listening while speaking, Piffiaro’s “Trionfo di Bacco” and Stadtpfeiffer: Music of Renaissance Germany.
Dan J. Ruppel is a writer and performer teaching art history and oratory at Roger Williams and Brown Universities. His academic research traces the lineages of the “Roman” triumph and the early modern “entry” ceremony as they appear in francophone festival books throughout the long sixteenth century, exploring how these ceremonies and their documents influence claims to truthful representation and political sovereignty on both sides of the Atlantic. His theatrical creations perform translations across time, media and language, exploring themes of passing and surrogation. These adventures have taken him from Pennsylvania to Transylvania, and from the forests of Quebec to community centers in Palestine.
Talk to Me—Puppet with Ben Morgan-Cleveland, Broadcast on Montez Press Radio, Saturday, January 2nd, 2020, 11AM–12PM
Talk to Me—Puppet with Ben Morgan-Cleveland—Ventriloquisms and coordinating limbs. Joined by Ben Morgan-Cleveland, leading exercises with puppets.
Ben Morgan-Cleveland is an art dealer turned artist. Solo exhibitions at Kai Matsumiya, Eli Ping, Shoot the Lobster, Doyers. Recently taught Special Projects class in Photography department at Pratt with Robert Snowden. Cofounded and ran Real Fine Arts from 2008 to 2018 with Tyler Dobson.
Waist Voice—with David Dixon, Broadcast on WGXC Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, 2PM–3PM, Broadcast on Montez Press Radio, Saturday, June 27th, 2020, 11AM–12PM
Waist Voice—with David Dixon— balancing on an axle at the hips and splitting the body in two, resonance of the jaw harp, articulation as the joining of bones, resonators moving down the body (head / nose / larynx / chest / stomach / hips / knees / toes), “there can be no words spoken that are not intimately connected to bodily sensations and rhythms,” Jerzy Grotowski resonators, Jens Christensen holding Eugenio Barba’s hand with the voice of his shoulder, “our lips had been required to perform the onerous and difficult task of procuring nourishment for our bodies. But our hands took over that task, releasing our mouths for the service of speech.” Cleaning the floor with the feet, imagining Lady Macbeth’s feet in Verdi’s Macbeth. “The prehensile toe,” Tadashi Suzuki’s “The Grammar of the Feet,” Odin Teatret, Honoré Balzac, Bill Callahan, Gregory of Nyssa.
Joined by David Dixon teaching the jaw harp. David Dixon is an artist, filmmaker, curator and currently founding director of the art gallery Cathouse FUNeral / Proper which opened in 2014 and Curator at 1GAP Gallery. His work has been exhibited at MoMA, Sculpture Center, Anthology Film Archives, Postmasters Gallery, Ryan Lee Gallery as well as within his own Cathouse project. Publications that have covered his work include ArtForum, artcritical, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Hyperallergic. He was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1968, holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and MFA from Cornell University.