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Acting and voice / theatricality and musicality

Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Institute of Theater Studies, 2019 and 2020

Authors in the program: Marcus Borja, Victor Hugo, William Inge, Patrick Kermann, Dea Loher, Fausto Paravidino, Joël Pommerat, Jean Racine, Jacques Rebotier and Jean Tardieu

Intensive practical workshop for students in their last-year bachelors and professional bachelor’s programs. This course offers a musical approach to the techniques of the stage and the text. The aim is to explore and put into practice the key notion of musicality in the vocalization of a text, and in the perception and organization of time and space in theater. The question begins above all with the vocality and the embodiment of the actor-performer. We are interested in listening, rhythm, phrasing, harmony, counterpoint, polyphony, in both our approach to the text and in the dynamics and movements on stage. Texts by different authors – dramatic as well as poetic or fictional – are part of the curriculum. Improvisation also plays an important role in this journey, as a valuable tool for training the act of listening and reactivity on stage. 

Continuing education for drama teachers

Cours Florent Paris, March-April 2019

Training specially designed for acting teachers at Cours Florent Paris. In-depth work on voice, listening, rhythm, breath, reactivity and movement of the text.

Chorality at Work: Musicality in the Actor’s Work

Association de Recherche des traditions de l’acteur (ARTA), Paris, 2017.

This professional workshop (60 hours) gave rise to a show with 60 performers (the participants and several actors who acted in Théâtre and The Bacchae. Notre-Dame du Silence (Our Lady of Silence), after Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet, was presented on June 13 at the Théâtre du Soleil during the Day of Silence at the Cartoucherie.

Voices from the stage: text, song, improvisation

University of Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis, since 2016.

Weekly practical-technical course (first semester) for students registered in the third-year of the Theater program. Between 20 and 35 students per semester.

Specialized technical course

Cours Florent Paris, 2019-2020

In-depth vocal technique course for the 4th year students. Group of 25 student actors/actresses selected on audition.

Voice Class

Cours Florent Paris, Acting in English section, since 2014.

Weekly course in spoken and sung vocal technique and improvisation (in English). Around 25 student actors.

Improvisation Class

Cours Florent Paris, Acting in English section, 2016-2018.

This is a brand-new module that I designed and proposed, based on theatrical improvisation through listening and responsiveness (in English). Around 20 student actors.

Coralidades em Jogo : presença e escuta no trabalho do ator

Universidade Fedral de São João del Rey (UFSJ), Brazil, 2016 and 2017.

Intensive classes (30 hours) in theatrical techniques for undergraduate and graduate students (30 student actors).

Vocality, chorality and musicality in the actor’s work

École du jeu, Pairs, 2017.

Series of professional classes given as part of the intensive cycle designed for professional artists. 14 student actors.

General public workshop

Théâtre de la Cité internationale, Paris, 2017.

Workshop offered to the general public (mainly actors or student-actors) as part of the programming of Théâtre in April 2017. 20 participants.

Text and Voice (with Sylvie Deguy)

University of Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis, course offered by the CNSAD, 2016.

I taught one group from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sylvie Deguy taught the other from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., we all worked together on polyphonies. 30 student-actors.

Coralidade e dissenso

Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 2012.

Head of a weekly workshop on performative research in chorality, intended for undergraduate students (acting, staging and dramaturgy) on chorality and Jacques Rancière’s concept of “dissensus”. 25 students.

“The Tools of the Actor-creator ”; “The Actor, the Words and the Stage”; “The Voice on Stage: Technique, Expression and Musicality”

Various locations in Paris, Brasilia, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, 2009 to 2012.

Conception and direction of a cycle of professional workshops in three independent and complementary modules.