Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond introduces a new and multidisciplinary area of somatic research with international practitioner-researchers from the fields of dance, theatre-performance, voice and socio-political studies.
Voice-based practices bring forward theoretical ideas from embodied philosophies and pedagogies to ethnic-racial and queer studies.
The project is a further development of Dr Christina Kapadocha's PhD research Being an actor / becoming a trainer: the embodied logos of intersubjective experience in a somatic acting process (2016). This Practice-as-Research PhD critically develops an original actor-training methodology challenging dualistic binaries of mind-body, inner-outer, self-other and the universalising of embodied experience through the original notion of embodied logos. Due to the physiovocal nature of Christina's practice and the theoretical examination of logos in her research, an organic dialogue emerged with the field of voice studies. So, within her broader focus on developing multidisciplinary research communities that investigate multiple takes on the somatic in the 21st century, for this project she focused on the multiplicity and interrelational dynamics of somatic voices.
The originality of this project lies upon three main elements:
A mapping of this originality can be seen in the following Figure from the book Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond, coming out from Routledge in October 2020.
The first part of the project was cultivated as part of The Somatic in Theatre and Performance Research Gathering (Corfu, Greece) in August 2018.
The above activities informed the composition and writing of the edited collection Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond (available October 2020) for Routledge Voice Studies series.
You can watch the 'Virtual Book Launch' video here.