Voice

Weekend of Improvisation in Glasgow (W.I.G.)

January 2019 - CCA

photo by Chantal Guevara

I am a voice coach, singing teacher and dance artist. I teach groups and individuals, focusing on improving the wellbeing of the voice through tending to the body, supporting my students in finding clearer communication both in performance and within the everyday.

Exploring breath, vocal resonators and physical blockages, I support my students in understanding how their voices operate in relationship to their minds and bodies. I encourage listening and observing and I create a safe space for them to encounter their  voice's past, as well as to  train its future potentials.

A little bit about the work:

My ethos and approach to voice is rooted in the body. I provide a safe space for individuals to explore the landscapes of their voice and physicality, and to observe the affect those have on the expression of the self. My approach draws on somatic practices, meditation breathing techniques, pranayama, asanas (hatha yoga poses) and contemporary dance principles, combining those with voice coaching and singing techniques.

In 2015, as part of my research on the relationship between movement and the voice in performance at the MLitt in Theatre Practices at the University of Glasgow, I started investigating the relationships between voice and somatic practices as a means to discover and free one's natural voice. This cross-discipline research led to The Holistic Voice sessions at Yoga Healing Glasgow and Studio 70, and to The Moving Voice Laboratory which has been running succesfully sice 2016, and has visited theatre companies, institutions and universities across the UK.

In January 2018, I was invited by Deborah Middleton (Co-director of the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research) at the University of Huddersfield, to present parts of this research to staff and PhD students of their research department.

The Moving Voice Laboratory continues its journey in 2019 both as a group and private practice. 

For actors, performers, dancers, theatre makers, singers please find more information here: http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/the-moving-voice-laboratory-12feb

For anyone who wishes to have private lessons please get in touch, no professional experience required.

PHOTO BY MARTIN VENHERM

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TESTIMONIALS

"The whole program changed my posture, my awareness and my confidence and having these sessions has worked wonders on me finding myself again..."

"Working with my voice has had a lasting impact on me that just keeps on giving and giving. Truly healing and empowering work. I highly recommend Zoe's work..."

"During the practice I did with Zoe I could immediately feel the effects of the exercises as tension around my diaphragm, lungs, vocal chords and jaw melted away, leaving a feeling of lightness and deep relaxation throughout my whole body. It felt so nice!! I just wanted to giggle as I felt so joyful releasing this tension and tightness. I never knew how much I was holding on until I felt it all melt away. Having a focus on the voice and the organs which create voice was psychologically empowering and I have felt so much more confidence to express myself."