Mon, 21 Mar|
Free Online Event
⭐ The Monday Club - Kate Smith
Connecting to your voice through movement, mindfulness and improv. This is not about learning to sing. All wellcome.
Time & Location
21 Mar 2022, 19:30 – 21:30 GMT
Free Online Event
About the event
This session is about creatively connecting to our voices. Shouting to our partners doesn't count, apparently.
Everything is optional, and thank God we are on Zoom so no one can hear us. Kate is an absolute delight in leading gentle practices helping us to relax in ourselves and let our voices free.
In this session with Kate Smith we will learn how to sound and sing from a somatic point of view.
We will use gentle guided meditations, and close attention to the feeling of sound inside our bodies, to open up a new relationship with our voices. We will also be playful, imaginative, and possibly even silly (!) as we explore how this new relationship manifests creatively. Whether you’re already an experienced vocalist, or you swear you can’t hold a tune, this session will give you a new lease to discover and explore your embodied, creative voice.
Many of us live with an unspoken assumption that the body and mind are separate. While the mind is caught up in thought, abstraction, planning, and judging, we may only notice the body when it speaks up via sensations like discomfort, hunger, or tiredness.
Embodiment simply implies that we are not separate from our body and that it has more to offer us. When we bring our whole self to rest inside the body, when we let the body lead us to internal congruence, we discover a full expression of “yes”, a feeling of being fully in and of our experience.
Moving and sounding are primal functions, they are fully integrated; our whole body engages in the creation of sound, while bringing sound into our movement helps us access our vitality. Movement and voice brought together can be powerful means for processing, expressing, and changing ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Kate Smith once declared the “singing madame” of Beijing’s cabaret scene (Global Times), she has travelled the globe, crossing borders and musical genres alike, continually defying labels. With experience performing professionally in classical, folk, pop rock, improvisation, musical theatre and more, Kate eventually landed in London, studying classical singing and earning her MMus in Leadership at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she also began developing The Embodied Voice. Since then, Kate has become an in-demand performer and maker in British vocal theatre. She is passionate about transforming our relationship to the body by creating music - and facilitating collective music-making - for voices and bodies in motion.
Kate’s teaching draws on many influences including yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method®, Body-Mind Centering®, mindfulness, contact improv, dance, and theatre. She has studied with Meredith Monk, Seke Chimutengwende, Margaret Pikes (Roy Hart Theatre), Grzegorz Braal (Song of the Goat), Guillermo Horta (VABAS) and more. She is a cast member of Verity Standen’s Undersong and Artistic Director of THAT! Ensemble.
"The Monday Club was an amazing experience! It became almost a habit to meet both new and familiar people in a cozy friendly circle. Facilitators were super interesting people, who softly and skilfully helped me to find something new about myself. And it was fun as well! Nora is the most joyful and caring person, who goes far and beyond to make you feel comfortable and welcome. I highly recommend this experience! " Svetlana B.
- We have two hours of being together. They are free, online and not recorded.
- 7.30 pm we start and for half an hour, we arrive, chat, say hello.
- 8 pm, we have our facilitator with us for one hour to stretch our curiosity muscle
- 8.30pm, we have half an hour for sharing
- 9.30pm we say goodbye and return to our lives with fresh stories to tell.
- any questions email@example.com
Thank you for joining us. All Monday Club events are online and not recorded.