Pantheatre / English
Welcome to Pantheatre’s new in progress web portal presenting new programs and updated definitions. Its ‘back-shop’ (old format) contains detailed documentation, ideas and media – and over twenty years of archives.
IMPORTANT REDEFINITIONS: we now propose two interlinked certifications, with online classes and lectures:
- Pantheatre’s artistic training certification.
- The Roy Hart pedagogical certification.
My ‘cutting-edge’ work happens, unquestionably, in laboratories, from where a whole series of performances, magnificent collaborations, have emerged. I call them Folies à Deux: intertwined transfers towards what is perhaps my main goal: psychological creativity. My role: laboratory director, the one that Alchemy called ARTIFEX: artificer, catalyst and, why not, shaman: « You are a shaman as long as your luck lasts » (Roberte Hamayon). With age I seem to be getting luckier. This is beautifully described by Florence Derail in an email that ends like this:
« This workshop-Laboratory:
– is not a therapeutic place – despite the benevolence that prevails in them,
– it is a place where each participant, whatever his or her possible initial blocks, is placed in a state of hyper-creativity and hyper-receptivity, where intuition grows at a very fast pace.
– It’s a laboratory in the strongest sense, a place of experimentation [for whom? For everyone, including Enrique Pardo.] »
And the voice in all this? I like an (indirect) definition by Giorgio Agamben: « Listening to the voice in speech, that’s what thinking is all about ». I also like Roy Hart’s favorite quote: « The voice is the muscle of the soul », from H. W. Longfellow. EP read more
© photo : Didier Monge
© photo : Javier Riano de Echanove
Beloved Pan, and all ye other gods who haunt this place, give me beauty in the inward soul; and may the outward and inward man be at one. Socrates
I climbed through the looking glass at 10, as Alice, into the magic world of theatre: the joy of dancing with words, the elation of singing – and, no nerves! At 13 I knew Hamlet inside/out, (I was every night in the prompt box!): all I wanted to do was theatre. With friends, we created our first companyThe Young Players. I did stumble on some opposition, and some depressions, but at 18, I made it to the Royal Scottish Academy, and, at 19, I met Roy Hart’s group in London. A turning point. I became “passionately engaged with a vision of the voice that found its embodied roots with Roy Hart”.
50 or so years later I find myself directing, performing, teaching voice and singing, all woven into a complex, international network and agenda, with a particular predilection for Latin countries (I married one). My loving and wicked friends in Chile declared meLa Madre de la Voz(too embarassing to transalate!) And now, during coronavirus lockdown, like everyone else, I gave my first class on line. I long to be back in the studio… LW. read more
Pantheatre is the organizational umbrella for the artistic and cultural projects of its two directors: Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise – with a wide circle of artists and teachers.
A context for
· performance research and devising
· voice training (including Roy Hart teaching)
· cultural and archetypal studies
Based in France :
· Studio DTM, Paris 11 : October to March
· Malerargues, Southern France, Roy Hart Centre. April to September
International workshops and long-term programs, on-site and online: Chile, Sao Paolo, Mexico, Madrid, Italy, New York.
- Voice performance
- Singing and Interpretation
- Choreographic Theatre
- Cultural Studies
- Training of Roy Hart Voice Teachers
The work is done in intensive workshops, regular ateliers, master classes, seminars, individual classes and personal tutoring – which can be combined in long term training programs.
Four historical influences:
- Roy Hart’s voice practice and philosophy.
- James Hillman’s archetypal psychology and ideas.
- The laboratory legacy of Jerzy Grotowski and Eugenio Barba.
- Peers and contemporary philosophers.
The aim is for each person, artist and/or teacher, to make the work their own, integrating psychological, critical and cultural studies.
No dogma: “Rules are made to confirm exceptions”.
Workshops, courses, tutoring are both advanced AND open to all. More a question of attitude, personality and risk-taking than of technical, musical or performance skills.
For many, it amounts to a hands-on post-doctorate. Dancers who want to include voice and text performance. Singers wishing to include extended voice ranges and movement performance. Psychotherapists, or anyone, wishing to explore the modes and implications of artistic ‘acting out’.
A School of Genius. Our ambition: “The affirmation of personal genius– character and musicality – with a radical commitment to what one has to voice.”