CalArts Office of International Relations and CultureHub present Rafael Lopez-Barrantes: Voice and Gesture Workshop/Residency
CalArts, XBOX (Main Gallery Conference Room)
INSTITUTE / THEATER: Rafael Lopez-Barrantes, Associate Head of Programs in Performance in the Theater School, will conduct a voice and gesture workshop with students at The Seoul Institute of the Arts via Telepresence. CalArts students of all disciplines are welcome to join the workshop. Interested students are required to RSVP with Annie Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop/performance art class is based on the extended vocal range techniques of the Roy Hart Theatre of France. The voice of each individual, as well as the group "voice" is explored in such a way as to contact sources of energy hidden deep within the body. The class begins with the voice of each individual just as it is. Therefore it is not necessary to have had previous vocal training to discover one's own expressiveness. Through breathing and body conditioning exercises we will approach sound, text and/or song. The movement/gesture work in the class evokes the world of dance-theatre and will be explored in connection to the voice.
The work is designed to:
- Strengthen, free and develop the vocal range of the performer
- Establish the connection within its source, the body
- Represent the voice through gesture and movement
- Address the interdisciplinary vocal demands currently placed on the performer
Rafael Lopez-Barrantes: My experience as a performer, as a researcher and teacher of extended vocal range techniques, has to be traced to the work I did as a member of the Roy Hart Theatre between 1974 and 1991, where I contributed to building its center for the arts in the South of France.
It was out of this context that I became a co-founder of Archipelago Theater Inc. in France (1984) and USA (1989) creating and directing theatre works.
My years of research and performing with the Roy Hart Theatre, my commitment to the Puppetry Arts, my work on the Flamenco form as well as Japanese Traditional Performing Arts, and my teaching positions at Duke University as well as the American Dance Festival since 1992, have led me firstly to establish the principles and foundations which form the basis for artistic expression and secondly create a methodology designed to extend the vocal range of the performer.