Episode 59 (Exploring Roy Hart’s Legacy)

Roy Hart

Welcome to the December 2022 episode of the podcast, in which Paul and his guests, Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise of Pantheatre, discuss the legacy of the intriguing and sometimes controversial figure of Roy Hart (1926-1975). Pardo and Wise have spent decades building on the legacy of the actor and vocalist. Known for his almost superhuman vocal range, his avant-garde performances, and his work with German singing teacher Alfred Wolfsohn, Hart casts a long shadow over the performing arts.

Enrique Pardo

Enrique Pardo is an artist, performer, essayist, and visual artist. “My ‘cutting-edge’ work happens, unquestionably, in performance laboratories,” Pardo says. “The goal: psychological creativity. My role: the one alchemy called ARTIFEX: artificer, catalyst and, why not, shaman.” He directs Pantheatre with Linda Wise, based in Paris and at Malerargues (Roy Hart Centre, Southern France), where they organize the yearly Myth and Theatre Festival.

Wise says, “One my greatest artistic interests and areas of research is the Interpretation of sound as emitted by the human voice — be it in song, speech, or improvised free vocalizing. I hear the sound before the word or before the concept of ‘being in tune.’ This work is a keystone in both my teaching, directing and performance practice.”

Linda Wise (photo by Javier de Riano Echanove)

For information about Pantheatre, visit Pantheatre.com, and for information on voice teaching and Roy Hart, go here and here.

Visit Wikipedia for even more information about Hart.

Below you will find the full YouTube clips that are excerpted in this podcast:

(Bach’s Cello Suite #1 in G Major BMV 1007 Prelude (by Ivan Dolgunov) is courtesy of Jamendo Licensing.)