Event

Workshop: Voice and Performance Devising with LePARC

A Walk in LePARC with matralab: Misha Penton

Join soprano and performance creator Misha Penton for a multi-day performance workshop. Create voice and text-based experimental solo, and collaborative works with (or without!) media.

March 10-12, 2020
2 to 4 p.m.

EV 4.502

The workshop will explore the development of original text, investigations into improvisational practices and semi-structured collaborative devising methods as well as playful voice techniques and experimental voice composition. The multi-day adventure culminates in an informal showing of in-process solo and collaborative group performance, and media projects.

This workshop is appropriate for students from diverse creative backgrounds who are interested in performance-making (singers, actors, dancers, media artists, instrumentalists, etc).

Dress comfortably. Bring laptops, smartphones and instruments, if desired.

Milieux’s Performing Arts Research Cluster, LePARC, hosts researchers and artists to give workshops, performances, and other forms of shared inquiry, open to all members and the public. Learn more about LePARC by visiting their website.


Misha Penton is a soprano, performance creator, experimental vocal composer, director, and filmmaker. Recent projects include Threshold, a site-specific experimental new opera created for the cavernous old grain Silos at Sawyer Yards in Houston; Anecdote of the Spirit, a contemplative music work for the Rothko Chapel; The Medusa Project with its premiere performance at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford (CT) and a film version created for Bath Spa University’s 35’ high MediaWall in the UK; and Misha’s directorial debut with Houston Grand Opera directing a new web opera in HGO’s series Star Cross’d. Misha has conceptualized, produced, and directed over 16 original evening-length performance works and more than six music video projects.

Professional affiliations include Houston Grand Opera, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Menil Collection Houston, Dallas Museum of Art, The Foundation for Modern Music, The University of Houston Center for Creative Work, Jewish Community Center Houston, Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, and DiverseWorks Arts Space Houston. Upcoming projects include Visible Darkness, a multi-version new media monodrama celebrating the magnificent monstrous feminine; Kassandra, a film and performance project based on the Greek anti-heroine with dancer and choreographer Meg Brooker; and a trio of operatic cyber-fairytale music films. Misha is a doctoral candidate in music and voice at Bath Spa University, UK. Visit her work at mishapenton.com.