The Alexander Technique offers original and far-reaching solutions to the problems actors encounter in training and performance. F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) realized that education must consider not what is done to us, but what we do to ourselves. His Technique does not consist of exercises, or focusing on getting it right or “trying harder,” rather it helps us observe how we do all that we do. As Alexander wrote: “It is what man does that brings the wrong thing about, first with himself and then in his activities in the outside world: it is only by preventing this doing that he can ever begin to make any real change.”
An Alexander student learns to identify and change those habits of thought and movement that create strain and prevent expression. He learns to reorganize himself by freeing his head and neck and by lengthening and widening his back, allowing the entire organism to function with greater ease. Everyday habits are magnified many times over in performance; therefore it is important for the actor to learn how to re-direct his energy over a wide range of activities, minimizing needless tensions, connecting to his emotions, and restoring energy in daily life as well as in performance.
Good use of the self is characterized by an overall pattern of economy and freedom of movement. It means, for example, using no more and no less tension than to cross the stage or having the time to breathe with a phrase. The Alexander Technique develops skills that prevent useless habits and self defeating ideas, all the while awakening the actor to his remarkable capacity for change and growth.
An actor’s vision is lived emotionally and physically. That kind of performance requires more than instinct – it needs interpretative intelligence and a mastery of physical, psychological, and emotional craft into performance. Internationally acclaimed teachers Jean-Louis Rodrigue and Kristof Konrad team up to present an intensive workshop to explore the skills and tools that are required for the extraordinary creation of characters and performances.
7-Week Alexander Technique Class
Embodying the Character II by using Animal Studies and the Alexander Technique is an advanced class especially designed to teach actors to transform into a character. The study of animals enables actors to act and react in new ways; to enrich and expand their own physical and emotional world to include surprising and new ways of moving and acting. Jean-Louis and Kristof share in common the belief that we must see and feel the world through the eyes and body of the animal.
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