Disk 1: 'Dr Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe, adapted and directed by Robert Lewis is an exploration of voice, sound and body. The production of 'Dr Faustus' explores abstract imagery through voice and body. It was the result of a rigorous training and rehearsal processes undertaken in 2007 and 2008. These performer-generated abstract images, which were inspired by the original text, drew inspiration from Butoh dance. The concept was developed further by incorporating sound, text and vocal exploration through various states of physical 'crisis'. These states of 'crisis' [conceptual, physical and vocal] do not hinder or suppress the vocal expression; rather, it releases a gamut of subconscious and inner essences of the performers by increasing the state of internal energy. 55:30 mins
Disk 2: '5' is training session focusing on vocal actions, energies and the image.
It is a filmed, staged workshop; an exploration of devices [exercises, concepts and ideas] used throughout Voice Theatre Lab’s 2007 and 2008 training sessions. It is a sequence of short scenes that are interconnected which depict the 5 elements and how they relate to each other. These elements [wood, fire, metal, water, earth] are linked with the voice and its emotional expression to form an abstract exploration of the human voice and body. The training which this film demonstrates was used in the re-mounting of ‘Dr Faustus’ in 2008. 47:24 mins
Robert Lewis trained at the University of Tasmania, Monash University, NIDA and RMIT. He is Lecturer in Theatre [Voice] at the Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston, and is Director of the Voice Theatre Lab.