ROY HART THEATRE

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Roy Hart Theatre 1969 - 1989

 

A theatre group and company founded around Roy Hart in London in 1969, it moved to Malérargues, France, in 1974 in a communitarian venture (40 members.) After Roy Hart's death in 1975, it pursued collective artistic creations for some years, and, in 1989, a collective decision was taken to dissolve the company and not to use the name Roy Hart Theatre for artistic productions.
Roy Hart 1926 - 1975

Nato in Sud Africa, Roy Hart ha studiato teatro a Londra (RADA) e ha lavorato con Alfred Wolfsohn, da cui ha sviluppato il lavoro con un piccolo gruppo di allievi di Wolfsoh n, dando luogo a ciò che divenne il Roy Hart Theatre (1968 1989), uno dei grandi gruppi radicali del periodo. Un attore carismatico, un vocalista eccezionale e un grande guru-regista, ha lavorato con i piu famosi compositori dell'avanguardia degli anni 60' nelle performance dalla più forte vena polemica.

Alfred Wolfsohn 1896 - 1962
German Jewish teacher and philosopher of the voice, Alfred Wolfsohn emerged with severe war trauma syndromes from World War I. He travelled to Italy where the contact with Renaissance art inspired his approach to explore singing, leading to his explorations of the psycho-somatics of the voice.
Archives
Most of the archive material (written, recorded, filmed) by and on Alfred Wolfsohn, Roy Hart, and Roy Hart Theatre is available through the Roy Hart Centre Archives. Email to: Roy.Hart@wanadoo.fr or visit an archives site assembled and presented by Paul Silber and Clara Harris, both members of the original Roy Hart Theatre: http://www.roy-hart.com
Bibliography

The literature on Roy Hart Theatre, Roy Hart and Alfred Wolfsohn is mostly historical; there is little in terms of cultural studies. Pantheatre in collaboration with the Roy Hart Centre and Centre for Performance Research, Wales, is organising a "Myths of the Voice" Festival in July 2005, followed by a series of cultural studies workshop symposiums on the voice.

Some recent publications:

Noah Pikes : Dark Voices - The Genesis of the Roy Hart Theatre. www.thewholevoice.com
Marianne Ginsbourger : La Voix de l'Inouï - Le Souffle d'Or, France 1996.
Laurent Colomb : Le Roy Hart Theatre - contribution à une étude pluridisciplinaire de la voix. Thèse de doctorat, Université Paris 8, Vincennes St Denis. 2000. Check
http://pantheatre.com/archives/pages/writings.htm
Paul Newham : The Prophet of Song: the life and work of Alfred Wolfsohn - Tiger's Eye Press, UK 1997.
Orlanda Cook : Singing with your own voice - Nick Hern Books Ltd. UK 2004.
Articles by Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise :
http://pantheatre.com/archives/pages/writings.htm

Polemics
There is no agreed official definition for the use of the "label" Roy Hart in voice training today, in spite of various attempts to restrict or institutionalise its use. Some original members of the troupe still use it (including in performances), and entitle their pupils to do so. Pantheatre's stand is that "only the integrity of the individual teachers acts as warranty for the 'method'", and that artistic projects should go under the identity and responsability of the individuals concerned.

Malérargues

Château de Malérargues, in the Cevennes foothills in Southern France, was bought by members of the Roy Hart Theatre in 1975, and was later named Roy Hart International Arts Centre; it hosts workshops and residential creation projects in its theatre space and six working studios.
Pantheatre
Founded in 1981 by Enrique Pardo, co-directed with Linda Wise, Pantheatre was the first independent company to emerge from the Roy Hart Theatre. It integrated movement (corporal mime, Odin-inspired physical training, and dance) and was inspired by the cultural ideas of archetypal psychology, especially those of James Hillman who became the company's honorary president, together with Liza Mayer, a founding member of Roy Hart Theatre. Based in Paris, Pantheatre also organizes projects in collaboration with the Roy Hart Centre. www.pantheatre.com