HIDDEN POWER IN THE WORDS WORKSHOP

Presenter:  Elizabeth Adkisson

Storytellers must establish a communication loop with the listeners. What is transmitted in this loop is done by means of the voice and the actions of the face and body. The audience receives information faster by eye than by ear.  Therefore, the teller needs to understand how to marshal vocal energy as precisely as physical energy.  

This workshop will point the way to exploring how the very sounds in the words of your text can help improve your understanding of the text, increase your retention of the text, expand your communication of the text and put you in physical touch with the text during performance.

This material is not about clear pronunciation, though it can help; it is about your connecting to the communication as constructed by the translator, your connecting to the story through your kinesthetic sense, and your connecting to your audience through their kinesthetic sense.

To shape our raw vocal sounds into word sounds, we use, in various combinations, our hard palate, our oral cavity, our lips, our teeth and our tongues.

Sounds covered in the workshop:
(This material is presented in both Lessac and IPA notation.)

MAJOR BUZZ VOWELS            .
MAJOR STRUCTURAL VOWELS
NEURAL VOWELS
THE CALL amplifying the vowels to cover greater distance and more intense emotions
CONSONANTS  and CONSONANT ACTION WITHIN WORD
VOICED, UNVOICED, SUSTAINABLE, PERCUSSIVE, COGNATES

Participants apply new skills to biblical story material.

Minimum duration:  90 minutes

Best divided into two workshops (one for vowels and one for consonants), each of 90-minute duration.