Mar 27- 31 | MOVING VOICE/ VOICE BODY with Gerry Trentham
March 27-31, 2017.
Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Studio 313
This workshop is OPEN to humans with a physical practice!
MOVING VOICE/VOCAL BODY
The workshop will be informative for performers of all forms including art enthusiasts. Since this voice training is focused on the individual needs of the speaker all levels in various performance forms can learn together. For performers of all forms the work is designed to synthesize physical and vocal work to unearth a deeper presence and enliven their creative practice. For dancers exceptionally trained to dance and who achieve deep presence and range in moving on stage this work encourages a similar presence and range in the text. Without voice and text training dancers are limited to a confining range of personal habit patterns that create limited choices for the choreographer who wishes to use text in their work. Performed works can become uneven between forms when performers can not approach the text in the way they can achieve great specificity and range in the dance or movement or vise versa. Limitations with text or movement affect the inspirational nature of the works overall presence. However performers exceptionally trained in one performance form are quick learners. They simply need to transfer their performance training. The vocal training can provide artists with a range of vocal choices from their audible natural voice to an embodied theatrical performance. For twenty years Gerry Trentham has researched the most effective way to transform the dancer presence into text and actors presence into movement. whether used on stage or elsewhere the training builds confidence in speech and helps unearth the artist’s voice both practically and metaphorically.
Beyond the cannon of over thirty lbs/sq” company works where his interests has developed toward location specific visual art/performance installations, Gerry has performed throughout North America and Europe in the works of many of Canada’s most prominent contemporary choreographers including a seven-year tenure with Serge Bennathan’s Dancemakers. He was internationally acclaimed for his performance in Bennathan’s Chronicles of a Simple Life. The New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff called his performance “remarkably lyrical” and Clive Barnes of the New York Post wrote “…powerfully acted by the outstanding Gerry Trentham” and “Sensitivity, ingenuousness and curiosity…golden messenger of the divine…” – Graham Jackson, Toronto Lexicon. He is honoured to be part of the elite cast of Denise Fujiwara’s newest work Eunioa, where beyond performing the work he acts as a voice and speech director. Eunoia opened at World Stage in March 2014 and was nominated for three Toronto Dora Awards, one of which was a nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Six previous works in which he has originated roles have been nominated for and/or received Toronto Dora Awards. He recently premiered a new solo experiment b from the Apology Project Series at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto.
He recently co-directed, with Diane Roberts’ the Urban Ink production of Confession of the Other Women in Vancouver at Performance Works. He was in London UK this past fall, first for a reading of a new inter-arts work Dear Elephant written and performed with actor Olivia Olsen and then in Brighton to coach Ozcabaret’s new trio which opened in the Australian Fringe in February, 2013. Mr. Trentham has an MFA in Performance and a Graduate Voice Diploma from York University and has taught voice, movement and acting, directed and choreographed productions throughout Canada, the United States and Australia. As a core member of Canada’s National Voice Intensive over the last 20 years he has become one of only a few dance and movement educators whose expertise bridges deeply into voice and speech. He served on the inaugural board of CADA, on the original steering committee for Artists Health Centre in Toronto, was Chair of The Toronto Arts Council’s Dance Committee from 2008 – 2011 and has served on the Board of Directors at the Toronto Arts Council.
Thank you to Dancemakers for supporting this workshop.