The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement

 

Having been through a period of intense curriculum development re-considering the way in which we train our actors, ALRA has decided to create a network to support the training industry by hosting and curating networking events focusing on actor movement and actor voice.

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement (NCVM) is a creative network for skills tutors and theatre-makers based in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland. The North of England, Scotland and Ireland offer excellent actor training programmes which are taught by highly experienced, international teachers. The NCVM, based at ALRA North, will draw upon these connections to develop a creative network that will benefit practitioners and alumni of Conservatoires across these platforms.

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement is an organisation that will offer continuous professional development workshops to enhance the skills of voice, movement and theatre practitioners with international practitioners and researchers. The centre will act as a space to share information, develop best-practise and connect to others working in voice and movement within the arts, with a particular focus on actor training and performance.

Over the next 12 months, ALRA North will focus on creating a board structure that will govern the activity of the Centre and support the development of the network’s vision around CPD, Scholarship, Research and Performance opportunities. As ALRA continues to expand its postgraduate provision we hope to make use of members of the network to facilitate opportunities for formal and informal learning within the voice and movement sector.

Aims

The NCVM aims to enhance the teaching of acting in the North of England and beyond through the investment in actor voice and movement practitioners. NCVM will be dedicated to supporting practitioners from all backgrounds and experiences, widening the exposure of young people to movement and voice activities as well as those with social or financial barriers. We will aim to build strong relationships with significant partners throughout the UK and internationally capitalising on ALRA’s reputation for encouraging diversity in the participation of conservatoire training.

Partnerships

NCVM is proud to be working with the full support of the International Network for Voice.

Events

SEPTEMBER

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement will launch on 22nd and 23rd September with two one day workshops from 10am - 5pm at ALRA North, one focusing on voice and one focusing on movement.

Voice and Movement Weekend - 22nd & 23rd September 2018

Workshop one: Freeing the Natural Voice with Kristin Linklater. This workshop will allow you the opportunity to work with the internationally acclaimed Kristin Linklater. Exploring and deepening your understanding of her freeing the natural voice technique.

Workshop two: Sensing Laban with Sue Mythen. This workshop will allow you the opportunity to work with The Head of Movement at The Lir- Ireland's National Academy of Dramatic Art. This workshop will allow you to delve into the world of Laban technique for actors and how it relates to your practice.

Cost: 
£200 for the weekend
Networking Evening: After the first day of the workshops there will be a launch party from 6 – 9pm. Drinks and snacks will be provided along with some live music. We will be joined by Jane Boston head of MA/MFA in Voice Studies and Daron Oram, Senior Voice Lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. There will be presentations from ALRA graduates and faculty who have been supported by our Research and Scholarship grants to investigate ideas and questions surrounding acting. In between presentations we hope to give attendees the opportunity to talk and share our vision of the NCVM. By attending this event you will be automatically enrolled in the NCVM newsletter where you will be kept up to date with future events.
Cost:
Free of charge if not attending the weekend workshops

  • Voice and Movement Weekend

    Voice and Movement Weekend

    Linklater Voice Workshop

    This workshop gives a practical, experiential overview of the voice work for actors known as Freeing The Natural Voice.
    Sensing Laban
    The workshop will explore a somatic approach to learning the dynamics of your own body.

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  • Networking Event - NCVM Launch Party

    Networking Event - NCVM Launch Party

    ALRA will celebrate the launch of The NCVM (Northern Centre for Voice and Movement) on 22nd September at ALRA North. Read More
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DECEMBER

Networking Evening: A end of term get together to connect and talk about the terms work and year ahead.

MARCH

Roy Hart Voice Work: A weekend workshop exploring the voice work of Roy Hart Theatre company with John Wild, ALRA’s Lead Voice Tutor, (South).
Workshop two: A weekend workshop that will introduce you to the techniques required to do motion capture for films and computer games with Gareth Taylor ALRA’s Lead Movement Tutor (South).

ALRA understands that choosing to go to drama school is a big decision. We have put together some useful information to help you through the application process and beyond.

Here is some useful information for applicants:

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    Auditions Guidelines

    • Your Audition
    • Audition Format

    Each applicant is asked to select, prepare and perform two audition monologues (each lasting no longer than 2 minutes) from; one from a contemporary and one from a Shakespeare or Jacobean play.

    Please make sure you have read the whole play your monologue comes from and that it works as a stand-alone speech, not requiring input from another character.

    Ensure that you:

    • Prepare & Learn your monologue pieces
    • Choose monologue pieces that match your age
    • Do not use props or costume in your monologues
    • Use only your natural accent in your monologues
    • Avoid directing your monologues at the panel
    • Wear suitable clothing allowing free movement throughout the day
      (which allows tutors to assess posture and movement)

    ALRA is assessing you on the following qualities and abilities:

    • Truth, focus and concentration
    • Ability to take direction
    • Ability to express thought and feeling through text, movement and voice
    • Openness and responsiveness to others imagination and creativity
    • Evidence of stamina and co-ordination

    ALRA will form an opinion on these matters at audition & interview and record the outcomes for scrutiny and feedback.

    ALRA offers various provisions for access to our full-time courses for applicants:

    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at ALRA North & South Campus
    • Workshops & Auditions at Private Outreach  Venues
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at Regional UK Venues
    • Preliminary Online Assessments for International Students
    • Auditions, Interviews & Workshops at International Venues
    • Collaborative Partnerships

    ALRA follows the ‘Auditioning and interviewing for Dance & Drama Code of Practice’ as detailed on the CDMT and EFA websites.

    Audition Days (All Acting Courses)

    Selection is made by audition that takes place over one day and tests applicants on performance of text, vocal and physical suitability and individual interview.

    Each applicant is asked to select, prepare and perform two audition monologues (each lasting no longer than 2 minutes) from; one contemporary and one Shakespeare or Jacobean play. This forms Stage 1 of ALRA’s audition process.

    If the applicant is successful in passing Stage 1, they are then asked to participate in a movement and improvisation workshop, undertake a Text and Vocal assessment workshop and will then finally be invited to Interview.

    The audition process is designed to assess which acting course is most suitable for your level of development, offering you feedback at the end of your day and discuss your options, with opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the audition process.

    Audition Results

    ALRA operates an Equal Opportunities Policy: all candidates will be assessed on their potential to meet the demands of the course and considered entirely on the basis of merit. Those showing the most aptitude at audition will be considered for Dance and Drama Awards.  

    The audition panel for all full-time courses are run by Course Leaders, Lead Tutors and Senior Staff members, final selection is completed by the Principal and Registrar.

    Successful applicants will have demonstrated a significant degree of talent, ability, preparation, aptitude and commitment as well as the ability to make a positive contribution to, and benefit from training with ALRA. 

    Audition results are usually processed and sent out via email as well as available on the Audition Management System within ten working days of the date of audition. ALRA always aspires to inform applicants of the audition result within this timeframe but during busier times results can take longer and we ask for patience and understanding in these circumstances.

     

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