Scenic Choir: Musical communication, body language and how to sing from the heart (Amanda style)
What is Scenic Choir? It´s all a question of stage awareness and being presence to explore ”Here and Now”, and also knowing what you want to achieve when sending your music or speech to an audience. When everyone in the choir gets more aware of what the choir want to express with the songs and the concert, and start radiating that, something in the whole room changes. It gets alive! There are so many opportunities to touch your audience! When every singer in the choir becomes aware of their importance the choir will get closer to this magic presence.
What do we want with the choir concert? What do we want to give to the audience emotionally? How can we change our choir sounds in different ways and start to sing with our hearts? How can we sing from different places in the concert hall, and not only the stage.
How can we get in contact with all the members different skills and creativity and find the unique voices of our choir? How can we in an easy way put together different choir songs, spoken texts, movements, etc to a choir performance? How can we make a traditional choir piece more alive in new ways?
Anci Hjulström works with keywords like Presence, Awareness, Listening, Body language, Playfulness, Mindfulness, Communication, Creativity, Musical Choral Dramaturgy. She wants to inspire people to learn how to feel more comfortable standing on a stage.
Anci Hjulström is a singer, actress, musician, music and theatre director, pedagogue in music communication and coahc in creativity. Educated at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg University, Anci has a Master in Fine Arts and different Theatre/Actors educations. She has long term cooperations creating scenic music performances with orchestras, bands, ensembles, choirs (e.g. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Folk Theatre in Gothenburg, Gothenburg Wind Orchestra, choirs all over Sweden and also abroad; Iceland, Norway, Germany, Israel, Brazil etc.) Anci has given workshops and master classes in Music Communication all over Sweden and also abroad with Choirs, Musicians, Ensembles, different Music Academies, The Gothenburg Opera etc. She is also director and creator of different scenic music drama pieces and all over Sweden and member of the artistic board and creator of the pioneer Scenic Choir Amanda (www.amanda.nu). She has been a coach in Communication, Creativity and Inspiration in Swedish Choral Association , also often engaged by the Music Departments of the Swedish Church, Chalmers University of Technology Festivals etc.
Anci has been awarded as ”National Director” of The Swedish Choral Association 2010 and 2011 for her unique way of finding the personal voices of the choir singers and the Madeleine Uggla Award 2017 for inspiring Swedish Choirs to develop new kinds of creative concerts to reach a new audience.