Soundpainting is a multidisciplinary live composing sign language created by Walter Thompson in 1974. This technique, which involves a conductor ‘signing’ collaborators (dancers, musicians, actors, etc responding to a vocabulary of over a 1000 signs), challenges traditional composition, promoting a democratic approach to the generation of material and breaking boundaries between art forms.
I collaborated in the foundation of the London Soundpainting Orchestra, created by Diego Ghymers (1976-2015) in 2010. We have created work for major London institutions – such as Shunt, The Southbank Centre, Blackheath Hall and the London Colliseum. Most recently the Orchestra mentored students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire as part of the CoLab Progam, as well as performing for the Conservatoire.
Virginia has been a Soundpainting practitioner for the past 9 years. Together with Typhaine Delaup, one of the few UK based certified teachers, they run Soundpainting workshops for artists, general public and children.
"The Soundpainting language is accessible to all students, from preschoolers to collegians to those with special needs. By engaging multiple learning styles (verbal, visual, aural, and kinaesthetic) for exploring creativity, Soundpainting breaks through boundaries, tapping into reservoirs of skills and expression that help students better understand themselves and the world in which they live."