*BOOK NOW* Spring Season 2021 Online Programme

January 1st, 2021|

We are thrilled to confirm that our 2021 in person programme is now live!

 Following our hugely successful online one to one sessions last year, we are delighted to be offering space to reconnect to your practice and yourselves during these restrictive times. This online programme also offers direct access for those wishing to experience and explore the work for the first time. 

 At this time of a respiratory pandemic we believe the importance of the breath and voice connection that the Nadine George Voice Work offers is paramount. While we are working hard to create the safest artistic spaces we can once we are allowed to gather in person, there are many advantages to working online where you can experience the work at a time and place to suit you.  

Please visit our workshops page for full details and session times.

Nadine George talks about the importance of continuing breath and voice work online.

November 11th, 2020|

In the times we find ourselves in, Covid 19 is now part of our lives. I feel in many ways it is taking us away from the breath and the voice which is the expression of the individual. I would like to bring us back to the breath, which is life, and the voice and the connection to the self. To the empowerment of the individual.

As VSI moves temporarily to online lessons I find myself working in this new medium and opening new opportunities for people to do the work at a time and place that suits them. It is clear that this also makes the work accessible to people from around the world.

I have found working in this online medium very interesting.  It is clear that you cannot go to the physical contact you get from the breathing work or the full sound that you get from the voice work in a workshop with a group of people, and that sometimes working at home can, understandably, be restrictive. However, what I have found working with this medium is firstly, it allows people to do the work in the context we find ourselves in and also secondly, it does not change the depth of the work, either in the breathing work, the voice work or the text work. In fact in some ways the work becomes more focused through the medium of the camera.

The lessons I’m doing online still include the breathing work on the floor, the singing of the four qualities of sound, Deep Male, High Male, Low Female and High Female and then linking the breath and the voice work to the work with the text.

Although this cannot replace the power of working in person the work online has proved very effective and powerful in a different way and I’m delighted to be able to continue to reach out with my work in these difficult times.

If you’re interested in a lesson with Nadine please click here for more information.

 

VSI workshops: 2020 Programme update

May 26th, 2020|

It is with great sadness that we have had to postpone our summer workshop programme in light of the current situation with the COVID 19 pandemic.We are developing opportunities to work online with Nadine and our accredited teachers so please do get in touch via our contact page if you would like to be contacted about this when the times comes. 
 
As soon as we are able to we will be back up and running with our face to face workshops but in the meantime stay safe and keep breathing!

Mel Drake introduces her work with D/deaf actors on the BA Performance course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

May 11th, 2020|

Next year’s words await another voice’: British Sign Language and voice work with D/deaf actors at the RCS.

Download a copy of  Mel’s essai here

Essai recently published in: Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 2019 What is new in voice training? Volume 10, No. 3, 448 – 454

Publication by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

The importance of breath in lockdown life…

April 26th, 2020|

As we all find ourselves temporarily living a very different life in lockdown we must remember the importance and power of the breath. Remember we can use the technique in our every day life to help centre us in these challenging times. Please visit our resources page for some practical guidance on using the technique at home.

 

Ros Steen works with visual/digital artist Màiri Lafferty to release vocal authenticity in the experimental film ‘Tongues’

April 20th, 2020|

Tongues is an experimental film directed by visual/digital artist Màiri Lafferty and supported by a Morton Award from the Royal Scottish Academy. It is about glossolalia or speaking in tongues and is based on Lafferty’s childhood experience of the Pentecostal movement in the US and Scotland. It was filmed at Basic Mountain, Edinburgh in June 2019 and documented by Holly Yeomen in her text Polyphonic Representation.

Tongues comprises four workshopped Acts designed to create a secular environment  to practice glossolalia led by Ros Steen, accredited teacher of NGVW, and Layla Brown, a classically trained singer specialising in improvisation. The band of artists Fallopé & the Tubes –  Sarah Messenger, Ruby Pester, Nadia Rossi, Rachel Walker, Catherine Weir, & guest Rosslyn Oman  – participate in these Acts whereby Steen and Brown use radical pedagogical vocal techniques, including Nadine George Voice Work with its roots in the pioneering research of Alfred Wolfsohn, to enable the group to release ‘their authentic, magnetically haunting sound, a voice relation of Wolfsohn’s dying souls’. [Holly Yeoman.]  Text spoken was drawn from A.L.Kennedy’s essay Proof of Life ( published in ‘On Writing’, Jonatahn Cape 2013) as well as vocal deconstructions of the participants names.

Before filming, Màiri experienced Nadine George Voice Work in a lesson with Ros to understand the work from her own embodiment of it. In an e mail subsequently she wrote the session

has transformed the film itself – originally fundamentally visual – into something far more performative…. it is the process of the film that is the most important thing…how can I create the best space for it? How can I create a safe and generous space for a group of women to engage with their own energy – to begin to understand its force and power, and harness it to vocalise something that they otherwise cannot articulate?’

Both film and Yeoman’s text are currently available here :

https://mapmagazine.co.uk/tongues

Martin Vogel eloquently languages his experience of a two day workshop in Glasgow with Nadine

December 19th, 2019|

‘I’ve written before about the stirring voice work of Nadine George. My introduction to the work last year has turned out not to be an isolated encounter but the beginning of an exploration that I suspect I might pursue for some time. Most recently, I joined a two-day workshop in Glasgow with a group of people with varying levels of experience in the method – from decades to none.’

To download this fascinating piece in full  click HERE

Martin Vogel

 

News of Nadine’s work reaches the Czech Republic

November 25th, 2019|

NGVW advocate Michaela Raisova publishes article on her experiences at Nadine’s two week workshop in London in 2018 in a publication released by the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague:

https://namu.cz/arteacta-2-2018

Nadine George – Malérargues Workshop August 2019

July 8th, 2019|

Join Nadine as she returns to the Roy Hart International Arts Center in Malérargues where her incredible journey with the voice began. From the 20th – 25th August 2019 Nadine will be delivering a five day workshop at the Center on the Voice and Shakespearean monologues of Richard III.

Click here to find out more and visit the Roy Hart International Arts Center website

A.L.Kennedy and Ros Steen look at NGVW’s connection with writing at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin!

July 2nd, 2019|

On Wednesday 8th June,2019, the writer A.L.Kennedy and Ros Steen were both invited to give a joint presentation to members of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin about the connection between NGVW and writing. A short contextual introduction by Ros was followed by a practical demonstration. Kennedy, who had written four new pieces for the occasion each one linked to one of the Four Qualities, spoke each piece before and after working on her voice with Ros. She also spoke from a personal point of view about the voice work. A lively question and answer session followed and the whole evening was recorded for the Akademie’s archives. The event was also attended by accredited teacher Margareta Unné (Teta). While in Berlin, Teta and Ros paid a visit to do some research into Alfred Wolfsohn’s archive which is held by the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

Read Ros Steen’s introduction here.

https://www.adk.de/