My 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.
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.
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.
Wednesdays, 7:45-8:45 pm
INTERMEDIATE CLASS (for those who have previously studied with Lia)
Sept 21 – Nov 30, 2011
(no classes Oct 12)
Free Flow Dance Centre (224 – 25th Street West – at Avenue C – in Saskatoon)
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).
It’s been a very full spring and summer. I’m in the process of cleaning up from all the collaborations and performances I was involved with. Here’s a synopsis of what I’ve been doing. Continue reading
I recently returned from an amazing 10-day workshop with Richard Armstrong in Banff. The International Voice Workshops have been running at the Banff Centre for many many years. The last time I attended was in 2001, then worked privately with Richard in NYC in 2002, then he & I kept missing each other through my travels.
I’m the featured poet this Sunday at the 7th “Tonight it’s Poetry” reading.
June 1, 2008 – 8pm
Flint Bar – 259 2nd Ave South, Saskatoon
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
A couple of weeks ago I received a package from Istanbul. It took me a minute to recall who might be sending me a package from such an exotic place and then I remembered the wonderfully intense Nick Hobbs from Pantheatre. The package contained a CD of photos from the two Pantheatre workshops I attended in 2006. Continue reading
While I’ve been convalescing I’ve been reading a number of New Music blogs and arts articles. In a very odd way I am more in touch with what is going on in New Music than I’ve been for a number of years because of it. Continue reading