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Voice and Body: Practices from Asian Traditional Theatres

This course is a practical introduction to body preparation and training, and improvisation and creative exploration, drawing from Asian traditional theatre practices.  

The training will include voice-work and physical practice and movement; deriving from traditions like Body Pilgrimage, and Kutiyattam and Beijing Opera, as well as yoga and other practices.  The course emphasises the connection between voice and body in performance practice, and principles of breath, awareness, movement and stillness, etc.  Alongside, we will engage in creative exercises and improvisations with text and images, towards crafting a short performance.

The course will also introduce the students to the various Asian traditional theatre forms from where the material derives, through videos and readings.

Study at Ashoka

Study at Ashoka