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April 8, 2021 49 mins
Laura Colomban invites Samita Sinha to talk about voice and vibrating materials. Their conversation travels through movement and vocal practice, creative practice, community work, the feminine lineage and resonances, she explain her relationship with the Indian tradition, with the act of tearing apart, and how to stand in the break. The talk brings to a journey through colonialism, relationship with traumas, community work, the act of tuning and the sincere act of listening, lingering in a questioning attitude of opening towards the uncertainties with grace.

Artist and composer Samita Sinha creates multidisciplinary performance works that investigate origins of voice: the quantum entanglement of listening and sounding, how voice emerges from the body and consciousness, and how voice can be claimed and rescued from voicelessness. She synthesizes Indian vocal traditions (Hindustani classical and Bengali Baul folk) and embodied energetic practices to create a decolonized, bodily, multivalent language of vibration and transformation.
In addition to private lessons and workshops, she has in recent years taught at Princeton University, Swarthmore College, Movement Research, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, and New York Asian Women's Center. Currently she is curating a series of workshop for Danspaceproject called The Breathing Room.

Laura Colomban is developing through performance-making a bespoke cyclical creative process which integrates circular methodologies through expanded choreography and auditory investigation, specifically creating sites within sites through voice, movement, and sound groundwork.

Read More (links):

Eidsheim, Nina Sun, and Katherine Meizel. “Introduction: Voice Studies Now.” The Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies, by Nina Sun Eidsheim and Katherine Meizel, edited by Nina Sun Eidsheim and Katherine Meizel, Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. xii–xli, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199982295.013.36.

Nancy, J.-L., & Mandell, C. (2007). Listening (1st ed). Fordham University Press.

Voegelin, S. (2010). Listening to noise and silence: towards a philosophy of sound art. Continuum.

Bissell, D. (2010). Vibrating materialities: mobility-body-technology relations: Vibrating materialities. Area, 42(4), 479–486.

Keywords: #soundstudies #movement #voice #tears #tearingapart #community #ritual #standinthebreak #sharespace #vibratingmaterial #vibration #intimacy #nusratfatehalikhan #creativepractice #resonance #relation #feminine #ligneage #indiantradition #tanpura #geometries #listening #communication #heartbrokenopen #notknowing #voicethegrief #blossomings
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