The Art of Listening-2: form, flow, improvisation [intro on a webinar-text]

18 December 2020, FRIDAY, 19.30 – 22.00 (Italian time). 25E – In zoom platform

❓A webinar about Active Being through Active Listening to the Other, to the World…
This 2nd webinar on «Listening» is OPEN to ALL (no prior knowledge is required) and is presented by PETROS THEODOROU

LANGUAGE: English with live translation in Italian

INFO about participation:              

🏛️ Università Popolare di Lucca
Ri-Sonare Corso per Operatori Olistici
del Suono, Musica e Benessere   


[A NOTE ABOUT THE BASIC IDEAS OF this 2nd webinar]

This is the 2nd webinar with Petros Theodorou about the overall topic of “Listening” – in the sense of being present to both the sound and the whole being of the “Other”.

In the 1st webinar

entitled “The Art of listening”, we had a first part with a theoretical approach of this “Art”. Then we saw some suggestions on training our physical – anatomical instruments involved in “listening”. Finally, we explored some ways to enrich our awareness of the form and the structure of a sound reaching our perception.
That webinar is available for anybody who might want it in a video format.
However one does not need to have that video in order to participate in the present 2nd webinar, because there will be a very brief connection between the two events as an introduction.

This event is also open to all interested to its topic.

 

In this 2nd webinar there are two parts.

*** In the first one
we shall go deeper into the last topic of the previous webinar.
P.T. will present examples of criteria according to which we may listen to sounds in order to train and deepen our “audio” awareness.

*** The second part
is a natural “next step” forward and has to do with producing improvised sounds ourselves.
What can be some way to facilitate our authenticity in “audio” improvisation? How can we produce meaningful improvised results by being “into” the flow of our improvisation while at the same time we are aware of its form?
How the idea of the “motif” in P.T.’s PSP approach may support authentic integration of flow and structure in our improvisation?
(“PSP-Process Stage Praxis” is a complementary tool for any kind of work with process and awareness in several fields – art, therapy, education etc).

*** A video introducing non-verbally the core idea of these two webinars:

https://petrostheodorou.gr/en/the-art-of-listening/


[THE NOTE THAT WAS INTRODUCING THE 1st webinar]

First of all I am very happy and honoured to conduct this webinar.
It is for me a beautiful chance to bring together my experiences from different fields which I crossed in my life.
What follows are some fundamental ideas on which I base the structure and the content of this webinar, which does not require any prior experience or knowledge from the participants.

One of the features of our days is that all things happen very very quickly

and we engage in a tremendously speedy style of life.
To be more specific, I think that every moment we are bombarded by tons of mostly useless information.
Moreover, fundamental training of awareness of our authentic needs is not at all part of our education.
So, we do not develop so much our skills to filter the incoming stimuli.

Very often we end up running and running with no specific purpose,

lost in instinctive and automatic responses to what happens.
We finally consume stimuli, no matter what stimuli. And as a consequence of lining in a “noise” of stimuli we desensitise: I mean that we become unable to give any meaning to our senses, since we are simply consuming what they are bringing in our being every moment.

Now, going to the “hearing”: hearing is one thing. “Listening to”, is another thing:

it involves hearing, PLUS the energetic and not passive assimilation of what we are hearing.
Listening to, is connected with awareness of what our hearing brings in our subjective reality as it gets invested by personal meanings.
And I mean the word awareness in an holistic approach: senses, mind, feelings, needs, meaning, energy to respond to, all interconnected and coming together in a whole of experience.
Furthermore, since listening to is connected with awareness, it means that it has to do also with accepting difference and otherness: when I am listening to, I know where and what I am now, and I know and accept and respect what is the source of the incoming sound, even if we merge for some time incommon flow.

Alfred Tomatis did a great job in showing that our ability

to listen to is an energetic and not a passive action, that it is associated with our ability to select the audio incoming signal on which we wish to focus on, that is associated with the richness of our voice, that it ming connects directly and very importantly with our ability to really communicate – actually, to get in contact with Others and the world. So:

***A very brief reference to some basic Tomatis’s principles is a part of this webinar.

***Seeing the sense of hearing as a basis on which can be developed the skill of “listening to the world” is another part.

***And a third part are some introductory methodological practices to develop this skill. A skill which is a very “fine” instrument, a kind of “art” supporting our quite forgotten need of the broader art to be truly “alive”.

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