From then on, the rebel in me began to defy the classical aesthetics of traditional dance, and I started to introduce work that challenged my physicality while singing. I became the first dancer in my dance company in Israel that was asked to sing. Choreography brought out of my body wailing-like voices combined with dark low throaty sounds.
I wanted to explore these mysterious voices more deeply so I decided to pursue Musical Theatre. This helped me learn to dance and sing at the same time. Funnily enough, after a few years I felt I had sold my soul to the devil! I had immersed myself in popular entertainment culture (including acting on TV shows) which didn’t connect with my deeper creative drives.
Though I can’t deny I gained great skills through musical theatre, I was still looking for more. I then trained with vocal teachers and speech therapists. Finally I moved into classical singing and trained in opera. I loved the virtuosity and athleticism of the classical techniques, and my voice range grew wider.
After 15 years of a wonderful career in Israel and Europe, I decided to move to Canada in 2002. Arriving in Calgary as a fresh stranger, I started again from zero, and it has been my home ever since. I have also enjoyed teaching dance and voice at the Alberta Ballet School, the U of C Dance faculty and privately. My company, La Caravan Dance Theatre creates “dance operas” with contemporary dance, ballet and live vocals.
From my experience and multi disciplinary training, I have found that the best way to free the voice is to focus on the body as an instrument and the breath as the source. The metaphor is similar to how the wind blowing through a flute creates sound. Many of my students have needed different approaches, whether they are young, old, beginners or advanced. Some students have needed to overcome physical dysfunctions, mental and emotional fears and self-judgment. My Calgary studio has become like a laboratory experiment in voice expression, and my ears and eyes started noticing immediate results when the body and breath is made a key foundation in voice training.