Use the language of movement to 'speak' your poem
‘Verbal descriptions of movement-thinking found their expression only in poetical symbolism. Poetry, descriptive of the deeds of gods and ancestors, was substituted for the simple expression of effort in dance.’ – Rudolf Laban, The Mastery of Movement
After you’ve carefully drafted your poem, learn the craft of how to ‘speak’ it. This workshop channels the techniques of dance theorist Rudolf Laban, whose ideas can be applied to the voice as much as movement. Participants will be led through a process of learning how to invest their voices and bodies with the dramatic tension already inherent in a poem, so that they can speak it with confidence and brio in front of an audience. The session will also include tips and techniques on stagecraft. Comfortable clothing recommended.
This course is a half-day workshop running 10.30am – 1pm on Sunday 14 April and is part of our Tutor Academy week.
About Dzifa Benson View Profile
Dzifa Benson is a writer, dramatist, and creative producer who is currently studying for an MA in Text & Performance at RADA and Birkbeck College. The intersections between art, science, the body and ritual animate her practice. She has devised and run writing and performance projects with organisations such as the Royal Geographical Society, the British Library, the British Council, the BFI and English PEN. Dzifa has performed and published her poetry, stories, plays, libretti and journalism internationally and collaborated with scientists, composers, filmmakers and sculptors in diverse contexts such as Southbank Centre, Tate Britain, the Royal Opera House, Bush Theatre, the House of Commons, Philosophy Now, Poetry Review, the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. She was an artist-in-residence at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2008-2009 and a core artist in BBC Africa Beyond’s multimedia, collaborative project, Translations. She is currently developing a transmedia project, The Spit of Me, an artistic, social and biological exploration of the body’s relationship to time, culture, identity and migration. She is also a Ledbury Poetry Critic.
‘It gives me stimuli to write a range of poetry, confidence to develop my own style and supports my well-being.’