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The Wig Wag Workshop: Exploring Voice

Emily Bate

September 22-September 24

2020 Fringe Festival

90 minutes


Google Hangouts

Closed Captioning

Led by composer, theater maker, and choral music conductor Emily Bate, this workshop offers participants new ways to engage with the anatomy of the voice, and dig into the physical sensations produced by singing. Designed for every voice—from the seasoned choir member to enthusiastic shower singers and those who’ve been told they “can’t sing”—the Wig Wag Workshop explores the literal and figurative impacts of “resonance,” seeking both palpable vibrations in our bodies, and more information about the complex ways we emotionally relate to our voices.

No singing experience required for this virtual workshop. Expect singing mad-libs, vocal warm-ups, free improvisation, group discussion, and experiential anatomy lessons. Each workshop session lasts 90 minutes and will focus on unique material. Reserve a ticket to receive a link to access the workshop sessions.

Closed Captioning available for both workshops.


Tuesday, Sept 22 at 6:30pm Thursday, Sept 24 at 6:30pm


Free with RSVP

About Emily Bate

Emily Bate is a harmony fanatic, obsessed with cooking up voice sounds with people in the seething soup of humanity. This manifests in a wide variety of disciplines (music performance, theater, film, performance art, social practice) and roles (composer, vocalist, arranger, conductor, facilitator, performer).

Emily founded and conducts a 65-member queer community chorus called Trust Your Moves, which focuses on new work by Philadelphians. Since its founding in 2018, TYM has commissioned half a dozen original works from a variety of LGBTQ composers in Philadelphia. Trust Your Moves’ Ancestors Project is an ongoing research & performance work that situates Trust Your Moves within a legacy of other similar groups across region and history, and brings the work of queer elders and ancestors into the present.

Other recent projects include: the score for the film Queer Genius by Catherine Pancake; several shows with frequent collaborator Erin Markey, including the anarcho-musical A Ride on the Irish Cream, featuring “accessible, often punchy pop-rock” (New York Times), and “soaring musical numbers” (Artforum) that were “startlingly gorgeous, and packed with heavenly harmonies” (New York Post); and a composing collaboration with installation artist Patrick Costello. Emily has worked with artists like MJ Kaufman, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and Mal Cherifi, and her work has been performed at venues across the US and the UK.

Contextual Programming

FringeArts is thrilled to include artists originally slated to present new works in our High Pressure Fire Service Festival this spring within the Fringe Festival this year. These artists were all faced with the unexpected consequences of COVID-19 that hit in the midst of rehearsal processes and just weeks away from premieres. In its wake there has been a complicated loss and grappling with how, why, and in what way to continue making work. Each artist has approached the opportunity to present work this fall differently–some crafting completely new pieces, others adapting materials and processes from their original plans for the spring–and all of them have crafted experiences that are timely, relevant, and poignant in the continued space of the pandemic. We are inspired by the ways these artists have adapted and continue to remind us of the importance of art as a means to contend with, reflect upon, and move through the world together. We hope you’ll engage with their work throughout the Fringe Festival and join us for the High Pressure Fire Service Talk with the cohort on Sunday, October 4 to talk about their unexpected transition, how they are grappling with the grief, and how they envision the future.​

Check out the Digital Toolkit for the Wig Wag Workshop for sources of inspiration to Emily Bate and her team.


Emily Bate developed material for the Wig Wag Workshops through the Camp Fringe residency supported by Independence Foundation.

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FringeArts Artistic Producers & 2020 HPFS Artists
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