Soundpainting is a fascinating tool to work with professionals artists, children, art students, teachers, amateur theatre groups or choirs, children with different cultural background or with special needs. It helps practice listening, understanding the group energy and improve the individual skills to improvise with voice, movement or with a theatrical character. Its multidisciplinary structure, gives every single participant the possibility to perform and to compose during the same workshop or project.
The education system of our times leaves a limited space for creativity and innovation. Where as Soundpainting offers a new space of creativity through allowing participants to make mistakes and are encouraged to see their mistakes as a new possibility. They are welcome to feel comfortable with the coherence of their mistakes as individuals and as a group.
The Soundpainter (the composer, teacher, trainer..) standing in front (usually) of the group communicates a series of signs using hand and body gestures indicating specific and/or aleatoric material to be performed by the group. The Soundpainter develops the responses of the performers, molding and shaping them into the composition then signs another series of gestures, a phrase, and continues in this process of composing the piece.
The Soundpainter composes in real time utilizing the gestures to create the composition in any way they desire. The Soundpainter sometimes knows what he/she will receive from the performers and sometimes does not know what he/she will receive – the elements of specificity and chance.
The gestures of the Soundpainting language are signed using the syntax of Who, What, How and When.
Because of its multidisciplinary structure, every single of participant can try to perform as an actor, a musician a dancer or the soundpainter during the same workshop. It is a challenge but a big discovery at the same time as a performer.
Some of the benefits of a Soundpainting workshop are:
to practice creative thinking with an open mind,
to discover that there is more than one right answer, multiple points of view
to earn observe, analyze and interpret,
to express feelings without words,
to practice problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, dance, music, theater and art-making skills,
to learn to collaborate with other children and learn to tolerate each other,
to build self-confidence. Because there is not just one right way to create with soundpainting, every person can feel pride in his or her original artistic creations.