An exploration of voice performance, myth and choreographic theatre
PanNYC is a training intensive, directed by Pantheatre's directors Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise.
The aim is the transmission of PANTHEATRE's performance research and training methods, considered by many as one of today's most culturally innovative performance laboratories.
PanNYC addresses professional artists and teachers from all the performing fields. It also includes artists from other fields, scholars and therapists, especially those whose work is linked with the proposals of the late James Hillman who was Pantheatre's honorary president and main inspirational figure.
The idea is to is to reflect and research the practice of background vocalists in choreographic theatre and in voice performance. The spirits of vodou are never far away in soul and rock music, and especially with back-up choristers. Such voices were already hovering over the chorus of Greek tragedies.
These are voices that know better: they are oracular voices. In choreographic theatre we want them to achieve divinatory rank: they are the ones who interpret the texts – not the actor, not the hero, not the book, not the author. These all have their own blueprints of interpretion, but, again, oracular voices know better:. Meaning 'drops' into the backdrop, it rises from the underworld (James Hillman).
See Background Voices article and editorial
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