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Songing with our Ancestors: Voice Workshop with Johanna Peine and TOI

Saturday, 22 January, 2022 - 14:00
Koolmijnenkaai 30-34, 1080 Brussel
Crosstalks, Kaaitheater & Q-O2

How much of jellyfish, fish or amphibian is still present in the human body and voice? In this workshop we try to get to the bottom of this question by exploring the movements of early phylo- and ontogenesis in connection with the sound of our voice. According to the phoniatrist J. Abitbol, the human larynx developed from the gills of fish. Likewise, our ears were already present in fish. So what distinguishes marine mammals like whales from other fish? Why can they sing?

In a journey through the evolution of the voice, we will encounter these phenomena and questions in a practical way and at the same time unfold the potential of the voice. TOI will close the workshop by sharing some of its Ocean Conversations and song-making practices, i.e. its Polyphonic Protocols, and inviting the participants to take part in them.

Max. participants: 15 / bring your yoga mat


14:00-15:15: Johanna Peine (video): introduction and round of exercises

15:15-15:45: Exploratory exercises with TOI

15:45-16:15: Break

16:15-16:45: Johanna Peine (video)

16:45-18:00: Oceanic Storytelling and Songing exercises with TOI


Johanna Peine is a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a certified opera singer and a state-certified singing teacher with many years of stage and teaching experience. She teaches at the University of the Arts and the Hanns Eisler University in Berlin.

Marialena Marouda works in the intersections between performance, sound art and oral poetry. In 2018 she initiated The Oceanographies Institute (TOI). TOI focuses on the relation between two bodies of water: the human body and the world ocean(s). It gives particular attention to affectual and sensual encounters between the two bodies, exploring the relations of hands to mud, ears to the breaking waves, feet to the feeling of sinking, rather than the ocean “in itself”, as if devoid of the human presence.

Charlie Usher is a composer living in Brussels, working with heart-on-sleeve cultural samples, rotary and handmade speaker installations, live instruments, and horizontal time structures. With Marialena Marouda and Elpida Orfanidou he is a participant of The Oceanographies Institute, a research body working on human-ocean relationships.


Part of A series of More-Than-Human Encounters, curated by Crosstalks & Kaaitheater in dialogue with Gosie Vervloessem, Olave Nduwanje, Mihnea Tanasescu & Marialena Marouda


The workshop is fully booked. Only in case of cancellation of the workshop, tickets will be refunded.