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1st Edition

Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond

ISBN 9780367562618
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
280 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond brings together a community of international practitioner-researchers who explore voice through soma or soma through voice. Somatic methodologies offer research processes within a new area of vocal, somatic and performance praxis. Voice work and theoretical ideas emerge from dance, acting and performance training while they also move beyond commonly recognized somatics and performance processes. From philosophies and pedagogies to ethnic-racial and queer studies, this collection advances embodied aspects of voices, the multidisciplinary potentialities of somatic studies, vocal diversity and inclusion, somatic modes of sounding, listening and writing voice.

Methodologies that can be found in this collection draw on:

  • eastern traditions
  • body psychotherapy-somatic psychology
  • Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method
  • Authentic Movement, Body-Mind Centering, Continuum Movement, Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy
  • Fitzmaurice Voicework, Linklater Technique, Roy Hart Method
  • post-Stanislavski and post-Grotowski actor-training traditions
  • somaesthetics

The volume also includes contributions by the founders of:

  • Shin Somatics, Body and Earth, Voice Movement Integration
  • SOMart, Somatic Acting Process

This book is a polyphonic and multimodal compilation of experiential invitations to each reader’s own somatic voice. It culminates with the "voices" of contributing participants to a praxical symposium at East 15 Acting School in London (July 19–20, 2019). It fills a significant gap for scholars in the fields of voice studies, theatre studies, somatic studies, artistic research and pedagogy. It is also a vital read for graduate students, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Table of Contents


List of figures

List of online material

List of contributors


Foreword: A phonotechnics of vocal somaticity: An autobiophonic note

Konstantinos Thomaidis

Introduction: Somatic voice studies

Christina Kapadocha

Part I

Vocalities in somatic studies

1 Three somatic processes to voice through movement: Breath, exploration, imagery

Barbara Sellers-Young

2 Awakening grace: Embodied awareness in vocal training

Andrea Olsen

3 Never just the body: Etudes between voice and dance

Sondra Fraleigh

4 On Voice Movement Integration (VMI) practice by Patricia Bardi: Awakening resonance in

the moving body

Patricia Bardi interviewed by Christina Kapadocha

Part II

Voicework, somatics and the diverse self

5 In front of me: Fitzmaurice Voicework® as transformative practice

Ellen Foyn Bruun

6 Somatic training and resources for body-mind-voice integration: When stage fright "comes to


Leticia Santafé and Pablo Troccoli

7 Voicing with awareness: An introduction to the Feldenkrais method

Stephen Paparo

8 My body is a map, my voice is the path: (Trans)racialized somaticities and Roy Hart voice


Amy Mihyang Ginther

Part III

Vocal and somatic listening in training

9 (Re)considering the role of touch in "re-educating" actors’ body/voice

Tara McAllister-Viel

10 Organic voice: Vocal integration through actor training

Christina Gutekunst

11 Dreaming voice: A dialogue

Ilona Krawczyk and Ben Spatz

12 Somatic logos in physiovocal actor training and beyond

Christina Kapadocha

Part IV

Beyond the somatic in performance research

13 Mapping the burden of vocality: French seventeenth-century vocal lamentations,

Japanese meditation and somatic intra-action

Elisabeth Laasonen Belgrano

14 Intensive interaction: A lesson on queered voicing from children with learning disAbilities

Yvon Bonenfant

15 Vocal resonance and the politics of intercorporeality

Anita Chari

16 The somaesthetic in-between: Six statements on vocality, listening and embodiment

Ben Macpherson

Part V

Beyond this book

17 Beyond our somatic voices

Christina Kapadocha


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Christina Kapadocha (PhD) is a Lecturer in Theatre and Movement at East 15 Acting School. She is a London-based theatre and somatic practitioner-researcher and founder of Somatic Acting Process®. Her current practice research and publications introduce new discussions on the somatic in theatre and performance studies.


"Traditional voice and somatic boundaries are challenged in this diverse and inclusive collection of interdisciplinary essays edited by Christina Kapadocha. As a collection, it focuses on voice research explored through performance and practice with a few chapters guiding broader pedagogical concerns. This collection, embracing both theory and praxis from an academic perspective, will likely be of interest to graduate students, researchers, teachers, philosophers, and anyone seeking to explore established and emerging somatic methodologies integrating voice." —Michele Capalbo, Voice and Speech Review