‘Umbria in voci’: singing, theatre, readings and art therapy between care and spirituality

‘Umbria in voci’: singing, theatre, readings and art therapy between care and spirituality
‘Umbria in voci’: singing, theatre, readings and art therapy between care and spirituality

“Umbria in Voce” is back, a point of reference festival for people of all ages and backgrounds interested in experimenting with the use of the voice in all its forms: singing, theatre, readings aloud, holistic disciplines, art therapy, artistic and personal growth . This year the festival investigates the link between voice, care and spirituality; singing and vocal practices as well-being of the person and the community: the intimate, mystical dimension, of inspiration with the nature of the city of Gubbio and the territories involved, will serve as a scenario for carrying out the high-level training experiences offered, with teachers coming from every part of Italy and Umbria, preferring the rediscovery and valorization of small towns, hidden places, with a landscape approach of openness and inclusion.

To inaugurate this tenth edition, Umbria in Voce opens with three retreats “Between nature and word”: the first meeting will be held on Saturday 22 June. The program will open with a silent meditation walk starting at 9:00 in the morning from the Serra Santa hermitage in Gualdo Tadino. This will be followed by the haiku writing workshop “The words of silence”, curated by Antonella Giacon, from 11:00 to 13:00. After a shared lunch, two workshops will be held: one on art therapy, curated by Francesca Nicchi (“Poetry in the hands”, from 3pm to 5pm), and one on singing, by the vocal trainer and artistic director of the festival Claudia Fofi (“Poetry in the voice” from 5pm to 6pm). The day will end with the concert by the La Douss’aura Ensemble, at 9.30 pm, at the monumental complex of San Francesco in Gualdo Tadino, in collaboration with Festival delle Acque.

The second retreat will take place on Saturday 29 June, but this time the morning walk in nature will start – again at 9:00 – from Casacastalda to arrive at Monte Serra. The “Mindfulness and voice” workshop will then be held with Federico Giubilei, from 11:00 to 12:00, followed by a shared lunch and return to Casacastalda. From 3.00pm to 5.30pm, the poet Simona Possenti will hold a writing workshop inspired by the Franciscan Laudi entitled “Laudato si” in the square. At 6.30pm the day will end with the event organized by the Tre di Tre ApS association, “The balm of words”, with the participation of the vocal ensemble “Le Voci del Chiascio”.

The third and final scheduled meeting is scheduled for Sunday 28 July in Scheggia and Pascelupo. The start of the day will be entrusted to the seminar by Sista Bramini, with his “In the flow of narration. Practical introduction workshop to the art of storytelling”, at the Abbey of Sant’Emiliano in Congiuntoli (from 10:00 to 16:00). At 9.00 pm, in the small square of Scheggia, the storyteller Ljuba Scudieri will bring her Campania fairy tale on the relationship between voice and resurrection-healing “The Griffin Bird, or how bones can be resurrected.” The day will conclude, in the same place, with a public poetic oratory, from 9.30pm.

Some activities have registration costs. For information, contact [email protected] or consult the program directly to receive all the specifications on how to participate. Lunches are to be considered self-managed.

The Festival will then restart from 4 August until 8 September, with meetings dedicated to raising awareness on the topic of eating disorders, concerts, shows, laboratories, seminars and workshops. Festival of the association. Umbria in Voce APS, with the patronage of the Municipality of Gubbio and the support of the Perugia Foundation. In collaboration with: Municipality of Valfabbrica, Municipality of Gualdo Tadino, Municipality of Scheggia and Pascelupo, Sportello Lilla, Compagnia Teatro della Fama, Società Operaia di Mutuo Soccorso, Settimana del Libro Association, Associazione Tre di Tre ApS, Festival delle Acque.

The Umbria in Voce project was born in 2015 from a dream: to create educational, artistic and entertainment opportunities where people can meet to have experiences that have the voice at the centre. With the voice we speak, communicate, sing, tell stories, expose topics, we compare ourselves with the context in which we are placed. Through the voice we pass on knowledge, we establish relationships, we meet, we continue to develop positive human qualities such as the ability to dialogue. Umbria in voci is a project with a strong social, as well as artistic, value, because all the practices proposed are aimed at developing a sense of community and caring for relationships. Over the years, various activities related to the voice have been developed: vocal improvisation workshops, choral singing, singing therapy, body music, circle singing, gospel singing, Indian singing, Gregorian singing, traditional oral songs, vocal technique, reading aloud workshops and of art therapy, theater workshops, residencies for the creation of performances, site-specific oral poetry events, shows and concerts, training projects for schools aimed at both teachers and students, creative writing workshops for songs and poetry, projects for the inclusion of migrants. Over the years it has hosted great artists of the voice and word such as Anna Maria Hefele, Tran Quang Hai, Lula Pena, John De Leo, Franco Arminio, Albert Hera, Mauro Tiberi, Keba Sech, the Mancuso Brothers and Marta Raviglia. The festival is attentive to the territory, and always tries to propose collaborations that bring together local trainers with professionals from all over Italy and abroad.

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