Rituals of Speaking

Xenia Rubinos

July 9, 2023, 2-5pm
In this experimental choral and voice learnshop developed by singer and music-maker Xenia Rubinos, participants are invited to explore their voice through rituals of collective speaking.
During the first part of the learnshop, Xenia will guide the group through vocal techniques intended to open the individual and collective voice and provide tools to embody sound and connect to their bodies’ vocal resonators. The guided practices will enable participants to connect their voices with the sounds present in their bodies, especially bringing about the release of latent sounds and language that hold memories yet to be vocalized. This learnshop is a space for experimentation without judgment in order to nurture an individual and collective exploration of the voice/sound. In this spirit, Xenia will create a collaborative listening environment incorporating free writing techniques that support everyone’s creative process
In the second part of the learnshop, Xenia will guide and compose a choral ode in collaboration with the participants. Through improvisational and compositional scores, we will expand on the sounds and text developed in the learnshop and throughout the script-writing and rehearsal process for En Parábola, leading to a chorus of voices and sounds that bring together the multiplicity of Puerto Rican migratory experiences.

This learnshop will be held in Spanish and English and is open to all, especially folks of Puerto Rican descent, no prior experience is required. Part of this session will be filmed as part of Natalia’s research phase for En Parábola/Conversations on Tragedy, which will premiere at Amant in January of 2024.

We have a maximum capacity of 20 people. If you would like to attend, email curatorial@amant.org briefly explaining your connection to Puerto Rico and why you would like to participate, please use “Rituals of Speaking with Xenia Rubinos” as email subject.

Photo of Xenia Rubinos by Paula La Bloise Art.

Xenia Rubinos is a composer, vocalist, songwriter and performing artist from Hartford, CT, by way of Cuba and Puerto Rico, based in New York. She has released three full length albums of original music, described by The New Yorker as “vocally generous, rhythmically fierce music that slips through the net of any known genre.” Xenia is known for her gripping live performances, having toured internationally featured at such festivals as Pitchfork Music Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Museum of Modern Art- equally at home in rock clubs and festivals as she is in theaters and museums.

Her latest album, Una Rosa (Anti Records 2021) was profiled in The New York Times. Rubinos performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series and her music has appeared in film and TV including the Netflix series Gentefied. She has collaborated with a diverse array of artists from Deerhoof to Helado Negro. She has been a composer in residence and clinician at the Curtis Institute of Music as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Xenia composed the theme song for the longest running Latinx-focused journalism radio program in U.S. public media, Latino USA.

She is currently an Associate Professor in the Songwriting & Production department for the Master’s Program at Berklee College of Music’s NYC campus.

Natalia Lassalle-Morillo is a theater director, filmmaker, performer, visual artist, and educator whose work reconstructs history through a transdisciplinary approach to research, form, and narrative. Melding theatrical performance, intuitive experimental ethnography, and collaborations with non-trained performers, Natalia’s practice centers on excavating imagined and archived history. She decentralizes canonical narratives through embodied reenactments and challenges the priority of written history by foregrounding the creation of new mythologies.

Natalia earned an MFA in Theater Directing from CalArts and a BFA in Drama from the Experimental Theater Wing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her work is part of the KADIST collection and has been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (Santa Cruz), SeMA (Seoul), MOD Theater (CalArts, Los Angeles), and the USF Contemporary Art Museum (Tampa), among others. Natalia was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, and is currently based between San Juan, Puerto Rico, and New York City.