2017.10.18 - 29 7-11pm
2017.10.22 & 29 2-6pm
(12 sessions + 1 showing on 10.29)
L5-10, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre
$2800 (Whole course)
$2500 (Theatre Horizon Alumni within the last two
+852 5401 6768 (WhatsApp)
Demonstration & Showing Dates
About Primitive Voice
The Primitive Voice
seeks to reconnect each person to his/her original
voice - a voice that is deeply physical and
wonderfully versatile. This “primitive” voice can be
used in performance training for actors, singers,
and dancers, and in personal development to loosen
psychological blocks and to discover more fully
one's own personality. The roots of Toussaint's
approach are found in his extensive work with deaf
children. Through this experience he discovered the
importance of the physical embodiment of sound and
became fascinated with the raw and nomadic qualities
of the human voice, unpolished by Western societal
norms, values, and culture.
Elements Involved |
Who may apply?
Previous Primitive Voice workshop participants,
professional performers and anyone who have
received some training in theatre.
" This workshop is beyond voice
training, beyond theatre. It is about
life and about humanity. " ─ A
workshop participant in 2015.
Through accessing the primitive voice,
the actor/singer, participant is invited
to experiment with the full range of
his/her body's composition and
asymmetry. Each part of the body has its
place in listening and expressing.
Through exploring the wide palette of
voice and movement combinations, the
performer moves beyond the pedestrian
use of his/her body, achieving both
physically and mentally a complete tool
for “being” on stage, in life.
During this process, we seek out and
develop the roots of our social voices,
thus becoming more mindful of our
bodies' impulses. Exercises include:
inhaled sounds, open throat vocalizing,
stimulation of the diaphragm, communal
manipulation of one body, surrendering
to the group and to one's own impulses.
Through this intensive training we
surprise ourselves; the tiredness fades,
the sensitivity grows , the voice opens.
Two years ago, Theatre Horizon invited
Mr. Toussaint to come again to teach his
workshop which a lot of students found
an invaluable experience. Mr. Toussaint
is returning with a two-week intensive
workshop. This rare opportunity should
not be missed. The workshop will be
conducted in English.
Jean-RenéToussaint is a French-born director, actor,
and voice teacher. He is the creator of a distinct
school of vocal training for performing artists and
therapists - a technique he has dubbed Stemwerk in
Dutch or Primitive Voice for English speaking
public- and is the founder and head of a training
center in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and in
Avanos-Cappadocie in Turkey.
He has been professionally active in theater since
1973, and has worked with major theatrical companies
and artists such as the Living Theatre, the Roy Hart
Theatre, Robert Wilson, and the Polish Laboratory
Theatre. His vocal theory and technique are inspired
by the work of Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski, and
Roy Hart, which are all defining figures in
contemporary theater and, in the cases of Grotowski
and Hart, of voice technique. Toussaint has traveled
through parts of Asia and India, studying diverse
ancient vocal practices, from Afghan Sufi to
Mongolian, Tibetan, and Japanese vocal traditions.