Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

08 June 2004

People Who Say "Touching on Sound."

I did a vocal warm-up yesterday by myself in the theatre.  It felt amazing.  Normally I stretch and stuff before a rehearsal, but I haven't done hip-sockets in a long time.  I am going to try to do this every day before rehearsal... if others join me, that's fine, but I think I need something like this to ground me and prepare me for the work ahead in the subsequent three hours.

As I was laying on the floor yesterday I said aloud, "This is the work," and then I thought "this is also power."  I feel touched and affected by my teachers—all of them: Linda, Leslie, Christine, Bob, Josh, Judith, David, Gary, Ian, Dale, Gerry, Antonio, Gale, I could go on and on.  But it is the voice teachers and the movement teachers to whom I feel most devoted: for whom I would willingly have become disciples.  I was, I suppose, a disciple of Christine, David and Judith, though less so of David and Judith.  These three also actively sought devotees.  There is also an incredible ego with those people about their own power and abilities: their ability to create great performers, their amazing wisdom, their ability to command respect and attention, and their ability to read people so wholly.  I feel my ego wanting this power, and I know I could have it with more study. 

Aside from ego, I think Iris Warren/Kristin Linklater work is the most powerful acting tool out there, and if I want to help actors to be better, that is what I need to study.  In this vein, I think I need to go to grad school somewhere where this can be a large portion of my study.  It occurs to me that the best possible places for this are York in Toronto and Columbia in New York.  Directing is obviously something I want to study more, but this vocal work: this is a powerful, amazing tool.