Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond

19 - 20 July 2019

East 15, Loughton Campus, Hatfields, Rectory Lane, IG10 3RY

Specific Space: Dance Studio

Detail from Patricia Bardi's workshop at East 15 Acting School for the purposes of an interviewing chapter, 17.11.18, Photo by Vivianna Chiotini

Detail from Patricia Bardi's workshop at East 15 Acting School for the purposes of an interviewing chapter, 17.11.18, Photo by Vivianna Chiotini

This two-day praxical symposium is the culminating event of a wider research project, the main outcome of which will be a volume for Routledge Voice Studies Series. It is developed upon activities offered by the majority of the contributors to the project, a group of world-leading pioneers in teaching, researching and disseminating the significance of somatic or somatically-inspired practices towards new research methodologies in somatic and voice studies.

The programme offers participants theoretical and practical (or praxical) insights not only on the dynamic interrelation between contemporary somatic discourses, voice studies and broader critical discussions but also on modes of modern PaR or praxical methodologies and their dissemination.

The activities follow the structure of the volume and unfold in four main parts, along with an Introduction and an Epilogue. Each part focuses on one overarching question as follows:

Part I - How does vocal urgency and awareness emerge from somatic attention to movement?

Part II - How somatic processes can complement vocal training, theories and criticism?

Part III - How can somatic awareness challenge unhelpful dualities and other problematics in vocal process?

Part IV - How current somatic research in voice studies can move beyond performance environments?

After each group of seminars, participants will have the chance to offer their own brief contributions to the main navigating question combined with a reflexive discussion. The invited contributions are 5 min provocations, encouraged to combine theoretical and practical perspectives. The participants’ contributions could be prepared in advance and/or be emergent responses to the offered seminars. Below you will be asked to suggest on which Part's overarching question you would like to offer your provocation as well as to give an indicative title. If possible, try to choose one Part - the organiser will be in touch with you closer to the activities for further details.  

Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond-Indicative Programme

Day 1, Friday 19 July 2019

8:30 – 9:20

Tea/Coffee - Registration

9:30 – 10:00

Welcome – Introduction Christina Kapadocha

Part I

10:10 – 10:40

Andrea Olsen

10:50 – 11:20

Patricia Bardi

11:20 – 11:40

20 min break

11:40 – 12:40

Participants’ contributions – reflections

12:40 – 13:40

Lunch break

Part II

13:40 – 14:10

Ellen Foyn-Bruun

14:20 – 14:50

Leticia Santafé

14:50 – 15:10

20 min break

15:10 – 15:40

Stephen Paparo

15:50 – 16:20

Amy Mihyang Ginther

16:20 – 16:40

20 min break

16:40 – 17:40

Participants’ contributions – reflections

Day 2, Saturday 20 July 2019

8:30 – 9:20

Tea/coffee - Registration

Part III

9:30 – 10:00

Tara McAllister-Viel

10:10 – 10:40

Christina Gutekunst

10:40 – 11:00

20 min break

11:00 – 11:30

Ilona Krawczyk

11:40 – 12:10

Christina Kapadocha

12:10 – 12:30

20 min break

12:30 – 13:30

Participants’ contributions – reflection

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch break

Part IV

14:30 – 15:00

Anita Chari

15:10 – 16:10

Participants’ contributions – reflections

16:10 – 17:10

20 min break

17:10 – 18:10

Epilogue – closing reflections

Terms and conditions

*By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list.  

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.

The training is open to:

  • CHASE funded and associate students,

  • Arts and Humanities PhD students at CHASE member institutions,

  • and students and members of staff at CHASE partner institutions

  • Arts and Hum PhD students (via the AHRC mailing list)

  • Even though priority will be given to CHASE-affiliated participants, the event is also open to external participation-contribution. To this end, there has been provision for small bursaries. If you wish to receive this financial support, please email the organiser to with a brief supporting statement.

  • If you are not affiliated with an institution, feel free to register using your personal email address and indicating your field of work – working environment instead.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the organiser Dr Christina Kapadocha ( or

Registrations are now closed