‘ChorUs’ – Voice lab for women led by artist Michal Oppenheim
Wednesday 24th April, 6 pm – 22 pm
Thursday 25th April, 2 pm – 10 pm
A group dinner will be shared by participants in the Church from 6 pm.
Friday 26th April, 2 – 6 pm
Location: Saint Laurence Church, Reading
Reading International would like to invite you to participate in a workshop led by artist Michal Oppenheimer.
What is the role of women’s choral singing today?
We will experiment with new ways of singing together by listening to our own individual voice and the voices around us. We will discover unique melodies that the voices want to co-create. We will practice ‘voice_body’ improvisation, voice meditation.
We will explore the relationship between voice, individual and the community.
The workshop is 4 sessions over 3 days and is intended for all women, performers, and non-performers.
Michal Oppenheim is a vocal artist, composer, and performer, focusing on the exploration of the human voice. Oppenheim performances include solo projects and various collaborations in Israel and worldwide. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums – Playlist (2013), and Shoshana (2018), created Sirens Cycle – a series of A Cappella concerts of original materials by female vocalists (2014-2015), and co-founded with Maya Dunietz the experimental vocal ensemble Givol Choir (from 2003). In recent years she collaborated with creators such as Choreographer May Zarhy on projects exploring body, voice, and space, and with Noam Enbar and Yonatan Levy on their music-theatre performances. The works were shown in venues and festivals such as the Tel Aviv Museum, Jerusalem season of culture and Rencontres Choreographies Internationales de Seine Saint Denis Festival Theatre du Garde-Chasse, Paris. For over a decade, Oppenheim has been giving voice coaching and workshops for students and professional singers, actors, and Choreographers such as Ruth Kanner Theatre Company and Yasmeen Godder Dance Company, and thought in academic institutions such as the Tel Aviv University Faculty of the Arts.
The workshop is part of (Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies, a series of workshops, performances, and an exhibition, interrogating the relationship between artistic practices and protest movements via the performative scores of collective bodies and voices. The interdisciplinary program was inspired by the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp which was active from 1981 to 2000. It was established by women to protest nuclear weapons being sited near Reading at RAF Greenham Common.
The related events will take part at Open Hand Open Space, St.Laurence Church, Greenham Common Control Tower, and other locations, 23 April -2 June 2019.
For further information please contact Steph Mitchell at Reading International:
Tel: +44 (0)118 378 8050
Supported by Artis Grant Programme