Robert Liethoff is an actor, director and voice movement teacher from the Netherlands After finishing his acting school he moved to Berlin and expanded his studies in the field of dance and choreography.
From 2007 until recently he has been studying and working at the Lichtenberg Institute for advanced study in applied physiology of the voice.
His work draws on the aspects of voice physiology as a departure point for the development of sound-oriented body work. Can our voice unfold into a warm, sound-enriched and effortless energetic instrument?
Using an interdisciplinary approach to the voice he has been teaching and working with classical singers, choirs / bands, actors / performers in the Netherlands, Germany and Mexico over the past few years. He is currently collaborating with DJ’s and sound composers in Berlin and Amsterdam brainstorming new modalities of listening and composing electronic music through an acoustic experience of the body.
Do we know what voice is? How do voice and body interact during the act of singing, making sounds and speaking? Can we perceive ourselves as playable instruments where voice and physicality enhance each other?
This work is based on the method from the Lichtenberger Institute for Applied Physiology of the Voice. It draws considerable attention to an understanding of the sensory relationship between nervous system and the sound of the voice, as well to a healthy vocal functioning.
Through preparing the body for a state of receptivity we will delicately establish contact with our inner ears and our larynx while awakening the deeper tissues of the vocal chords. Perceiving and listening instead of expressing outwardly - tuning in, not out - will play a major role in this process. We’ll seek the minimum amount of energy needed for a fine oscillation to be present in our tone.
Can we play with the idea that a tone starts 'as a spark' in between our ears? Can we learn to trust the higher frequencies of the overtones to enrich the quality of our sound? How efficient can we become? In short: instead of using exercises to control the voice we focus on how to be guided by sound sensory perception.
We could see this practice as a space for inquiry. Therefore essential are: patience, openness and willingness to let go of the urge to achieve something.
Collaboration with sound designer & DJ, John Connell
Home or Coherence is a collective listening experience that invites you to work with the intelligence within the body at a fundamental level, that lets the intelligence of the body (its natural state of clarity and calm alertness) speak for itself. Using guided meditation, movement propositions (addressing physical matter and space within the body) and sound design, participants explore different qualities of sensorial bodily awareness, encouraging an intuitive way of sensing and moving on a personal and collective level.
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