Ephemeral repetitions; deconstructing vocal technique and freeing spontaneous expression for authentic vocal performance

Holmes, Shannon Georgene (2020). Ephemeral repetitions; deconstructing vocal technique and freeing spontaneous expression for authentic vocal performance. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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In this thesis, I argue that somatic methodologies used in actor and dance training can be applied to a classical singer’s process to effectively address the dichotomy of technique to freedom in vocal expression. My research is informed by my multi-disciplined background as a performer and educator and, in drawing on these practices and investigating the liminal spaces between them, I uncover a separation in the pedagogy. In response, I propose approaches which encourage a mobilisation of new multidisciplinary tools that may prove useful in finding a deeper connection in performance.

My research integrates the exploration of phenomenological insights as they relate to vocality. Vital in my findings is how deconstructing traditional texts and forms, through autoethnographic performance practices, can successfully serve as a key method for developing deeper somatic reflexivity, accessing the responses of the body and leading to a more expressive, authentic voice.

These finding are reflected in my praxis through the music theatre piece, The Crook of Your Arm. Devised through an improvisational process, the autobiographical narrative that surfaced became key in supporting my assertions that examining the connections between the lived body and voice, through the centralisation of self, is critical in the singer’s process.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of English, Drama and Creative Studies, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/10371


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