Anchoress – performances in North Battleford

photo by Lia Pas - Barcelona Cathedral 2012My one-act play Anchoress is being produced by the Battlefords Community Players this October.

Set in the middle ages, Anchoress is the story of a young woman whose spiritual visions lead her to make the decision to be walled into the side of a church as an anchorite. She is visited by pilgrims and members of the community; some who revere her, others who disagree with her choice.
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manuscript, voicing, breathing

Since September 2011 I have mostly hermited myself away in order to work on a manuscript of poetry, text/image pieces, performance scores, and biofictions – all around the theme of anatomy as image. I’m happy to say that I am very close to having a manuscript ready to send out to publishers. The project itself is a huge one. Fred Wah pointed out to me last February that it is likely a life work. It seems silly to keep the work squandered away until the entire thing is done so I’m putting what I have into some semblance of order to send out over the next month. One piece—percuss—has been published in Ars Medica (Vol. 8, No. 1. Fall 2011), and another few pieces are forthcoming in Dandelion.

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Voicing Classes – Fall 2011

Please note that starting January 2012 all Voicing Classes information can be found here.

Voicing classes are designed to help you enhance the range, depth, power and resonance of your voice. Using games, exercises, text, movement, improvisation, and song, these classes are recommended for everyone interested in singing, acting, public speaking, or just being comfortable with your voice and how you use it. Lia’s voice teaching is based on her performance and composition work as well as her experiences studying Roy Hart Voice Work, a technique which connects the body, the voice, and the psyche in a healthy and holistic manner. These classes are geared towards adults at all levels of voice experience, from beginners to professional singers, actors, and speakers.

INTRODUCTORY CLASS
Wednesdays, 7:45-8:45 pm

INTERMEDIATE CLASS (for those who have previously studied with Lia)
Wednesdays, 8:45-9:45pm

10-week session:
Sept 21 – Nov 30, 2011
(no classes Oct 12)

Free Flow Dance Centre (224 – 25th Street West – at Avenue C – in Saskatoon)
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a shift for fall

I realized this spring that in my excitement of my return to health I had taken on too much. I was overworked and burnt out. I had no time for friends, no time for our house, no time for my own creative work. I mapped out what I had been doing and knew that something needed to be dropped: Yoga teaching.

I’ve been teaching yoga for most of the past 13 years, initially starting my teacher training because it was something I felt passionate about doing, and there was something about oboe teaching that was dragging me down. I’ve loved the yoga teaching, but it is physically and sometimes emotionally intense work. I knew I had reached yoga teacher burnout when my own practice became more about class planning than svadyaya (self-study).
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Specialization in Performance – Why?

In my recovery I’ve been reading a lot: online and books. I am trying to keep up with my “professional” reading as well as some reading for enjoyment. However, being a multidisicplinary artist my professional reading includes reading about music, writing, theatre, movement, and performance art. That makes for a lot of reading.

An issue that keeps coming up with much of this reading is the idea of specialization. Being a multidisciplinary artist I have mixed feelings about specialization in a creative practice. Continue reading