It’s not just what you say; it’s HOW you say it. Use your voice in perfect alignment with your instrument. DARE TO BE HEARD. Breathe deeply. Relax. Inspired by Chinese Medicine and the Five Element Theory (Wood – shouting, Fire – laughing, Earth – singing, Metal – weeping, Water – groaning), Archetypal Voices will help participants explore the sounds your body can make and how tone and rhythm affect the audience experience of CHARACTER. The body (our instrument), has intertwining energies (blood & breath), coursing through us with different rhythms. These energy channels are affected by heat and cold. So… with sound vibration, using our access to our Prana or Qi (Chi), we affect these energy channels by “heating and cooling” them. Our lungs are the bellows to the coals that produce our unique sounds. Participants will acquire tools to CREATE 5 DISTINCT VOICES.
Kris Woolen is passionate about puppets, singing, and performing. She has been a professional touring puppeteer for 20+ years with Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre and currently works (and plays), with Pacific Puppetry, Portland Puppetry Guild and the PDX Puppet Collective. She also practices massage and teaches voice and partner dancing in Portland Oregon. She studied with Yuqin Wang and Zhengli Xu of China (rod puppets), Jan Wilkowski of Poland (rod puppets), Joseph Crofta of the Czech Republic (projections and poetry), and fifth generation master puppeteer of China, Yang Feng (hand puppets).
In the spring of 1999 Kris attended the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in Connecticut. Her independent project entitled Mi Vieja subsequently appeared in a larger collaborative work with Other Hand Productions entitled Whatnot. Her current project is Bird That Wants to Fly, by Diane Kaufman.