Performance Aloud: Inflecting Silence So We Can Hear It Better

(with Kevin Heslop)

Starts August 8, 2021

In part one of “Performance Aloud,” we’ll follow Li-Young Lee’s conception of language as “a tool we use to inflect silence so we can hear it better” to discuss a few principles and techniques for presenting text aloud—including text preparation, imaging, breathing exercises, in-body preparation, dialogue with silence, improvisation, rhythm and metre, and specificity.

In part two, we’ll involve those principles and techniques into participants’ performance of text, followed by brief in-group workshops of those performances in real time.

In part three, we’ll incorporate techniques from part one and workshop feedback from part two into final performances.

Three-week workshop:

  • Sunday, August 8 (7pm–8pm EST/UTC-5)
  • Sunday, August 15 (7pm–8pm EST/UTC-5)
  • Sunday, August 22 (7pm–8pm EST/UTC-5)

Required supplies: internet device with mic & camera; a brief handout (available in July) will outline further necessary preparations

Suggested skill level: from beginners to experienced writers & performing artists

Seats available: 7

Workshop fee: CAN$50

Kevin Heslop is the author of two chapbooks and the full-length poetry collection the correct fury of your why is a mountain (Gordon Hill, 2021). His work as a poet, journalist, curator, filmmaker, and playwright has recently appeared or is forthcoming with The Fiddlehead, The Devil’s Artisan, McIntosh Gallery, Museum London, and TAP: Centre for Creativity respectively. As an actor, Kevin has performed leading roles in plays including Antigone (TAP, 2017), The Taming of the Shrew (McManus, 2017), and New Jerusalem (TAP, 2019) and has studied theatre in Stratford, Ontario, as well as London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England.