Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Reflection on the Santorini Voice Symposium: Luitgard Janssen

Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Reflection on the Santorini Voice Symposium: Luitgard Janssen

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Back in Berlin, I'm not finding it easy to get my feet on the ground! But the fact that I had to plunge into work at once supports my return to ordinary life from our "extra-ordinary" experience in Santorini. How lucky I am that my work allows me to integrate and sustain the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of those days with that group of passionate, highly qualified, alert, and sensitive people. What a gift!

The most impressing gift for me was the discovery that "thinking" is not a skill of cool control but of authentic and deep research--if it is connected with the human being who "thinks," with sensibility, body, and emotion. I realized that all of these "thinking" philosophical people are deeply sensitive and, in a positive way, thin-skinned, transcendent, touchable, deeply interested in the mystery of life! Their "thinking"--their reflections or "papers" on themes such as the silent voice, space, mouths of expression, identity, per-sona-lity, our destiny as social-beings, and the question of being "natural"--affected me in a very physical and emotional way. In Kristin's terminology, sometimes I felt a profound pang deep in my body.

Almost from the first moment, I sensed a deep willingness in every member of our group to find ways of participating and communicating thoughts, impressions, doubts, and feelings in a very mature and passionate way. Also I felt deep respect and fascination about the "being-different" of the person opposite, the interest and endeavour to overcome strict definitions, to open up--as Alessandro said the last day, "to stretch" our minds, the own view on life, especially on the aspect of voice and on breath as an "interface" between mind and body. …

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