Manifesto

Voices change bodies. We are interested in living in a world where passionate vocal expression is seen as social, not anti-social; constructive, instead of frightening; in which its sophistication and aesthetic potential are celebrated.
We are interested in living in a world where all of the facets of our voices – not just the ‘pretty’, the ‘fashionable’ or the ‘convenient’ ones, are exalted in all their glorious variability.
When we passionately vocalise, we experience the world differently. The sensations and choreographies of engaged vocalisation transform our senses and our relationships with our world. The vibratory waves our voices emit radiate outward to touch people and transform matter. Our vocal impulses act on the world – literally, and metaphorically.
We are interested in living in a world where we have the freedom to explore all of our delightfully human expressive impulses.
When we playfully vocalise, we open doors to a kind of vibrant social dance, where we have agency to more overtly negotiate our relationships.
These relationships become pregnant with enhanced qualities of contact. They open doors of exchange between bodies.
We want to open up landscapes where the touchable, dynamic materiality of the voice is sculpted, where our bodies consciously grapple with and shape our voices, and where our sensing fingertips, our gesture, our movement through space, and even our sight generate vocal excitement.
Non-normative voicing – ‘extra-normal’ – voicing, evokes ‘extra-normal’ bodies. In a world where hierarchies and patriarchal power dynamics still rule, eliciting extra- normal vocal contact creates opportunities for us to engage in relationships beyond the ways we usually practice them. We can slip out from under the embodied habits that curtail our encounters with the world. This opens up opportunities for other ways of feeling, doing, relating and touching.
Our voices can be portals to discovery, not prisons. Walking through these portals, we can transform culture.