Breath Becomes Voice

– A Workshop with Fides Krucker

presented by GoForWords in partnership with The Inner Space and Jackson Yoga

By nature we are connected, emotional beings capable of a wide range of expression. The human voice is designed to communicate. Singing comes from body and soul!

Fides will lead the workshop using simple, embodied exercises to free breath and increase resonance. Participants will engage with sounds that may have been locked away or forbidden – whether mad, sad or glad. The vocal work will feel safe, supported, playful and accessible – and end in song!

Regardless of your relationship to your voice – challenged, curious, passionate, frightened – Fides’ approach can help tease out what is lying under the surface just waiting to be heard.

Date: July 8th, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: The Davis Room @ The Stouffville United Church, 34 Church St S, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 1E3, Canada (see map at the very bottom of this page)

Registration Fee: $55.00 plus HST.
(Register below Fides Krucker’s Biography)


Fides Krucker

has been an innovative interpreter of vocal music in Canada and abroad for thirty years.

Her company, Good Hair Day Productions, premiered the electroacoustic sexual-catastrophe opera Julie Sits Waiting (Walmsley/Dufort) in 2012, receiving five Dora Nominations. Her all-female collective, URGE (1991 – 2004), broke ground for subsequent generations of interdisciplinary artists; their final work has just been published by Playwrights Canada Press.

With Kazumi Tsuruoka she created the love and disability show CPSalon, adapted by Lawrence Jackman for the NFB film How Does It Feel. Her vocal creation for the technopera 3 Singers (Mott/Ingebritsen) premiered in Krakow and Chicago in the 2014/15 season and was praised for its feminist jolt and heartbreaking beauty.

Fides created the vocal scores for Peggy Baker’s land/body/breath (at the AGO) as well for locus plot’s five dancers and 2016’s Phase Space (receiving a Dora for composition.) She just finished performing and recording the part of a mermaid in the sonic theatre hybrid DIVE. Her recording of the Berio Folksongs with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble will be released this winter. GHDP has two upcoming projects: In This Body, a woman’s journey through the Canadian song book danced by Peggy Baker, Laurence Lemieux and Heidi Strauss (premiering at Canadian Stage in March, 2018) and Three Waters an immersive installation for four singers, pianist, actor/poet, sculptural artist and video artist collaboratively manifesting and inhabiting the unbound oceans and feminine.

Fides teaches and facilitates in the Toronto dance community, for Chicago’s Walkabout Theatre Company, for individuals and groups who identify with disability, and extensively for a wide variety of artists in her home studio. She has a dozen apprentices. Fides is completing a book on voice based on research initially funded by a Chalmer’s Foundation Fellowship. (

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