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Konstantinos Thomaidis

Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre & Performance
University of Exeter

I am Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre & Performance at the University of Exeter. My research focuses on voice studies, performer training, directing, movement for actors, opera studies and music theatre. I am founding co-editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies and the Routledge Voice Studies book series. I co-convene the Sound, Voice & Music Working Group at the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). My latest book is Theatre & Voice.

Biography

The key focus of my research is the development of the interdisciplinary field of voice studies. To this aim, I have co-founded and edit the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies and the Routledge Voice Studies book series. In 2015, I co-edited Voice Studies: Critical Approaches to Process, Performance and Experience (Routledge), a book that has been described as ‘a much-anticipated and highly useful collection of essays … enriching our understanding of vocal expression and the possibilities that a burgeoning field of voice studies has to offer’ (Twentieth-Century Music, Cambridge Journals). I recently completed Theatre & Voice (Palgrave Macmillan) and co-edited a volume on Time, Temporality and Performer Training (Routledge). Alongside voice, my main research interests are performer training, sound-based theatres and movement for actors. From 2013 to 2016, I was one of the convenors of the Performer Training Working Group at the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). I now co-convene the Music, Voice & Sound WG at TaPRA as one of its founding conveners.

I have worked as an actor, director, choreographer and musician in Greece, Poland, Germany, the UK and the US. Recent positions have included: Head of Movement for Opera in Space (London; ACE-funded), Associate Artist of Experience Vocal Dance Company (NYC & London) and core member of Waving not Drowning (Grotowski Institute, Poland & London). I am the Artistic Director of Adrift Performance Makers.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My areas of research are interdisciplinary voice studies, performer training, directing and devising, immersive and site-specific opera, intercultural pedagogy, Polish, Korean and Greek theatres, philosophies of the voice, and practice-as-research.

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Books

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 Featured Title - Voice Studies - MacP & Thom - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Theatre, Dance and Performance Training

Between preservation and renewal: reconsidering technology in contemporary pansori training


Published: Dec 12, 2019 by Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
Authors: Konstantinos Thomaidis
Subjects: Audio, Music, Area Studies

Technology, when used in Korean pansori training, is routinely critiqued as producing copycat voices or moving away from long-standing ideologies and traditional practices. At the same time, recording technologies, digitised resources, media circulation and online platforms permeate contemporary training praxis. This article examines this perceived antithesis by charting the heterogeneous interface between traditional pedagogies and cross-genre, intercultural and amateur pansori performance.

Theatre, Dance and Performance Training

What is New in Voice Training?


Published: Dec 12, 2019 by Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
Authors: Konstantinos Thomaidis
Subjects: Education, Audio, Music

This Editorial traces key changes in voice pedagogy and its interconnections with voice studies to argue for the emergence of new modes of conducting voice-related research, more diverse and inclusive pedagogies, non-anthropocentric and non-Eurocentric trainings as well as new theorisations and histories of voice training.

Performing Interdisciplinarity: Working Across Disciplinary Boundaries Through an Active Aesthetic

Voice: Performance & Forensics


Published: Nov 06, 2017 by Performing Interdisciplinarity: Working Across Disciplinary Boundaries Through an Active Aesthetic
Authors: Konstantinos Thomaidis
Subjects: Audio, Music, Theater, Art & Visual Culture

The chapter activates an interdisciplinary encounter between performance studies and audio forensics. The aim is to destabilise preconceived methodologies of voice reception and problematise analyses of voice premised on voice as sign and/or object.

Theatre & Performance Design

Undesigning Sound: AdriftPM's Portable Soundscapes


Published: Dec 07, 2016 by Theatre & Performance Design
Authors: Konstantinos Thomaidis, Natalia Theodoridou
Subjects: Audio, Theater

In July 2015, Adrift Performance Makers (AdriftPM) developed the project Portable Soundscapes: An Acoustic Travelogue, travelling from Portsmouth, UK, to Thessaloniki, Greece, revealing sound design as the enabling condition of a theatre, as the very organizing principle of a performative dramaturgy of listening. The article asks: what practices of listening, designing and archiving are required when Europe is your stage?

Voice Studies: Critical Approaches to Process, Performance and Experience

The Re-Vocalization of Logos? Thinking, Doing and Disseminating Voice


Published: May 29, 2015 by Voice Studies: Critical Approaches to Process, Performance and Experience
Authors: Konstantinos Thomaidis
Subjects: Audio, Music, Theater, Research Methods

As a specific object of interest, the human voice is grasped within a system of signification that subordinates speech to the concept. Extending Cavarero's critique of the 'de-vocalization of logos' in Western metaphysics, this chapter argues for the 're-vocalization' of voice in creative praxis and asks: How does voice emerge from and reflect back to its discursive domains? How can we bridge the chasm between the ontology and epistemology of voice? How do we think, do and disseminate voice?

Theatre, Dance and Performance Training

Of Hooligan Actors, Football and Voices


Published: Jun 25, 2012 by Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
Authors: Konstantinos Thomaidis

The article assesses a recent development in the pedagogy of the Polish Centre for Theatre Practices ‘Gardzienice’: '‘woodball’. Considering all Gardzienice's activities as choral encounters, ‘woodball’ is used to examine strategies of ensemble-making and voice training. The analysis draws on fieldwork with the company (2008) and interviews with actors, students of the Academy and workshop trainees, in an attempt to unpack Staniewski's notion of the actor as ‘a minor hooligan'.

News

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Editing, ATHE Awards 2020

By: Konstantinos Thomaidis
Subjects: Applied Arts & Music, Audio, Education, Music

It is a pleasure to share that I received an Honorable Mention for Excellence in Editing at this year's ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) Awards for the special issue "What is New in Voice Training?"

https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtdp20/10/3

It has been a pleasure to work with the brilliant contributors: Rockford Sansom, Bimbo Benson, Luis Aros, Oliver Mannel, Sarah Weston, Beth Osnes, Chelsea Hackett, Jen Walentas Lewon, Norma Baján, Christine Brennan, Jane Boston, Anna Helena McLean, Demetris Zavros, Daniel Galbreath, Gavin Thatcher, J. Ariadne Calvano, Rachel K, Carter, Leah Lovett, Danielle Cozart Steele, Ben Macpherson, Annie Sanger-Davies, Electa W Behrens, Charulatha Mani, Francesco Bentivegna, Mel Drake, Stephen Kemble, Marcus Tan, Sarah Holden-Boyd, Petronilla Whitfield, Faye Rig, Kate Godfrey, Margaret Pikes, Darryl Taylor, Subhashini Parthasarathy, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Jarosław Fret and Anne Bogart. Their work was simply stunning.

This has been a collaborative endeavour and I thank the regular editors of TDPT Libby Worth and Jonathan Pitches, and a wonderful team including Ellie Nixon, Rebecca Loukes, Chris Hay, Bryan Brown, Josie Brown and Thomas J M Wilson.

Congratulations to all ATHE winners and finalists, and many thanks to the Awards Committee!