Help PETE to bring master voice teacher Marya Lowery to Portland to teach a workshop for local artists and create an original piece.
Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble (PETE) is bringing world-renowned master voice teacher Marya Lowry to Portland to teach a workshop on Ecstatic Voice & Lamentation, and work with the company on its newest devised piece Song of the Dodo.
The Master Class
PETE will host a 2 day workshop on the techniques of Lamentation and Ecstatic Voice taught by Marya Lowry at Portland Center Stage May 19th and 20th. Grounded in solid vocal technique, infused with ethnic singing styles and supported by the “extended” vocal practice of the Roy Hart Theatre, this workshop explores the deep humanity and rich expressiveness of ecstatic voice and ritual lamentation practices within a theatrical context. Ecstatic Voice encompasses and celebrates the vast array of emotional and vocal colors expressed in lamentation and keening practices across the globe – from ancient Greece to the present day. The class will invite each student to discover their personal voice of exultation, protest, joy, yearning, sorrow, devotion, hope and healing. This workshop will be a unique opportunity for Portland artists to study with an international master teacher.
PETE will ultimately use Lowry’s Lamentations Technique to craft an original production: Song of the Dodo, a devised piece in three acts exploring the nature of extinction. PETE will develop the piece with Marya in May, and explore the ways in which techniques of Lamentation can be applied to performance and storytelling. A 20 minute work-in-progress showing of Song of the Dodo will premier at Northwest New Works at On the Boards in Seattle, June 15-17, 2012. Text for this performance will be drawn from the fragments of lost Greek plays, reworked and used to inspire new text. These fossils of extinct plays will be used to ask what will be left of us, of our passion and pain, or our great works in 2500 years? What can we learn by excavating fragments of lost plays, the movement of extinct species, and the voices of forgotten rituals? By looking at what is scattered, lost and gone forever, we hope to unearth clues to understanding this fragmentary, elusive and brief experience of being alive.
About Marya Lowry
Marya Lowry is an international voice teacher, the creator of Ecstatic Voice and Lamentation for actor training and performance, a Roy Hart Theatre Voice Teacher and has served on the Brandeis University MFA acting faculty since 1989. Voice/text coaching includes; Broadway, Off-Broadway and Shakespeare Festivals. Her gift of listening, encouraging and creating a safe place to explore and express oneself allows each individual voice to emerge in new and exciting ways.
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Apr 24, 2012 - May 24, 2012 (30 days)
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You will receive a CD with original music from Song of the Dodo composed by Mark Valadez and PETE.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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You will receive a spot in Marya's Lamentation and Ecstatic Voice Class and all of the above!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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You will receive a year subscription to PETE programming, a Season Sponsor credit on all marketing materials, all of the above - and our undying gratitude.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012