Workshop with Victoria Hanna

Composer, creator, performer, and researcher of voice and language

Graduate Life Center (GLC), room F | Music

March 3, 2020 at 2:00pm

International vocal artist Victoria Hanna will conduct a free workshop, open to all. (Participants may register by clicking the 'Get Tickets' button below.)

The daughter of an ultra-orthodox rabbi from Jerusalem, Hanna has been greatly influenced by her childhood environment. She draws inspiration from the ancient Hebrew tradition, which relates to the voice, mouth and Hebrew letters as tools of creation. According to the Kabbalah, the world was created through these 22 letters; each one symbolizing and relating to a specific element in the universe and in the human body, each letter an exact signal, sound and frequency in space.

There is a fascinating relationship between language and sound, with each language offering an intriguing perspective through which the world can be observed. The voice is a miraculous meeting between the physical and the metaphysical. It cannot be grasped, for as soon as it is revealed, it disappears. It is immaterial. But when the voice reverberates within the body, it is experienced as entirely physical.

Vocal artist Victoria Hanna will introduce us to the voice as an instrument to heal the body through resonance and vibration, and as an extremely significant tool in personal and women’s empowerment. We will experience the meeting of voice and language, understanding that language is a frequency and sound in space, no less than a means of transmitting intellectual information.

Victoria’s work is inspired by ancient Hebrew texts, among them the Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation), the earliest Kabbalistic treatise in the world, attributed to the Patriarch Abraham. According to this perspective, the human body and its shape are parallel to much larger structures in the cosmos. This assumption is fascinating in terms of the relationship between voice, body and space. The voice is sculpted in space by the mouth, and the mouth is the doorway to the body’s inner space, which reverberates with and responds to speech.

The vocal method that Victoria develops in her workshops opens a new window of perception. Everyday use of the voice and speech reveals itself as a means of physical and emotional healing, strength and empowerment, and, most importantly, leads us to a basic and deep understanding of the source, from which we were created and that accompanies and anchors us on our journey through life.

Participants should bring yoga mats and wear loose-fitting clothing.

Watch: The Aleph-bet song (Hosha'ana)

Watch: (Torah) Orayta 

Don't miss the free performance on Monday evening, Mar. 2 at 7:30 pm!


Free; reservations recommended.

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