3-Week Morning Voice Challenge: The Body as a Sound System
Listening – Sounding – Becoming Vibrational with Robert Liethoff

Sep 24-Oct 12, 2018
Mo-Fr 08.30-10.00
Studio Sonne
130 €

A postponement of the holiday will be discussed with the group at the first day.

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Do we know what voice is? How do we perceive sound? How do voice, sound and body interact during the act of singing, making sounds and speaking? Can we be guided by sound sensory perception? In my work with vocal artists, the initial idea is to invite them to listen to their own voice. Before focusing on musical aesthetics, we learn  to hear, sense and recognize the finer realities of our own vocal output. Attention is brought to the vibration, spaciousness, malleability and the deeper sound structures (overtones, harmonies etc.) within the voice. Essential in this process are cultivating perception, ear training (through the use of acoustical stimuli), and the inquiry of one’s own body. Together we will create a space for inquiry, in which we engage our full physical and mental listening potential, in order to enrich the sound of our voice, and to become ‘sound oriented’ and ‘vibrational’. Through this process, you will develop a rich, spacious and a warm voice within a receptive body and mind. We will then be able to work with less effort through more complex material. 

Week 1
Introduction to the physiology of the voice
– Anatomy – focus on the ears
– Introduction to sound – sound texture, sound directions

Focus on the invisible:  ‘sound perception’ – experiencing sound through listening exercises – waking up our ears – becoming familiar with physical listening
– Using the voice part 1 – ‘getting familiar with our voices through singing on vowels’

Week 2
Explanation of the function of the larynx – vocal chords in action
– Anatomy – focus on the larynx
– Anatomy – fascia tissue

Waking up our ears – exploring the different sound shapes in our voice
– Using the voice – exploring the relationship between body & sound textures
– Using the voice – waking up the larynx as a listening instrument

Week 3
The mouth – less ‘bite’ – more ‘acoustics’
– Singing voice & speaking voice – where can they learn from each other?

Using the voice – mouth acoustics
– Using the voice – ‘kill’ the socially adapted voice – working with text
– Group improvisations

For more detailed information about this particular vocal work you can check the following websites: Lichtenberger institute for applied physiology of the voice and Voice learning center The Netherlands



Robert Liethoff is a Berlin based actor, director and voice & movement teacher from The Netherlands. In 2005, after finishing his acting studies at ‘De Acteerstudio’ (The Hague, the Netherlands), he moved to Berlin and expanded his studies in the field of dance and choreography at the Tanzfabrik Berlin. In 2007, he began his continuing studies at the Lichtenberg Institute for Applied Physiology of the Voice, where he completed both student and teacher programs and held a year-long residency studying the physiological dynamics between voice and movement.

In 2015 and 2016 he studied the Meisner acting technique at Studio Andre Bolouri (Actors Space) in Berlin. Over the past few years Robert has been teaching both acting and voice and movement at several institutions around the world. Alongside these activities, he works with several bands, amongst them: ‘Mother’s Favorite Daughter’ and ‘Suns of Thyme’.