I have always been curious about the power of singing, and I use the myth of the Sirens’ song as a platform for my artistic practice, which interweaves visual and vocal art, focusing on the experience of being ‘inside’ voicings.
My love of the arts and the power of stories led me to study English Literature. During these studies, I connected deeply to a scene in mythology: the performance of the Siren song in the Odyssey. My connection to this scene (and other versions of the Siren song story), as well as experiencing the power of performance, especially in relation to singing, guided me to pursue theatre and voice training.
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with an MA in Text and Performance, my voice-based practical dissertation on the Siren song (one of the first voice-based dissertations at RADA) inspired me to deepen my study of voice, practically and theoretically. The following five years I dedicated to voice studies, commuting between Sweden, the UK and Italy. My studies included Extended and Experimental Vocal Practice, Herding-calling (‘Kulning’), Choral Singing and Basic Ear Training, Sound Art, Sound Healing and Gender Studies.
During this time, my curiosity about the psychology of singing grew, and I pursued this interest doing an MSc in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, while at the same time being mentored (as a researcher) in 2017-18 in the Equilibrium Young Artists Program initiated by singer/conductor Barbara Hannigan. This training nurtured a passion for raising awareness about singers’ health and well-being (at all levels and in all genres) and for promoting the act of singing as a practice for health and well-being (especially for those who self-identify as ‘non-singers’).
My curiosity for Voice and Performance Studies has led me to undertake my current voice-based Performance Practice PhD on Voicing ‘Thelxis’ (a Greek word similar to enchantment that is used to describe what the Sirens do when they sing). My PhD project involves developing practices to connect with the Siren song, and I have devised and run workshops for arts practitioners on vocal attraction and interspecies communication.
I have published on the symbolic value of the Siren song for singing and for singers in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies (2019), and on ‘humanimal’ vocal pedagogy on the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Training Blog (2021). I have presented and exhibited my research at the annual conference of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (2019) as well as at the International Network of Herding Music Scholars (2020). I have also spoken at the University of Exeter about voice in teaching contexts (2020) and given talks about the value of the imagination in research (2021). I am frequently asked by academics in sound art, visual art, voice-work and practice-based research to share my work as a model for creative research.
2018- The University of Exeter, Drama Department, PhD student in Performance Practice 2017-18 The Royal College of Music, London, MSc in Performance Science, Distinction
2017 Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Feminist Perspectives in Sonic Arts
2016 The University College of Opera, Stockholm, The Contemporary Performance Voice
2013-14 RADA & Birkbeck College, M.A. in Text and Performance, Distinction
2009-13 The University of Edinburgh, M.A. in English Literature