The Alexander Technique offers a set of skills and insights about how we think, move and breathe by connecting us to through our senses to our thoughts, feelings and actions. As actors and performing artists, we can use this method to invite more ease into our preparation instead of stiffness or tension. We can experience confidence in our posture, our gestures and our voices; our overall way of being. Alexander Technique is useful for unloading the habits we unknowingly carry into our acting. An attitude of curiosity and experimentation opens us up, making the resiliency of body and mind more accessible — this the essential core of Alexander’s principles
About Alexander Technique online:
In online classes, you are guided through experiments for learning and for encouraging continued practice. Orienting skills at the beginning of class will help you establish a sense of safety that you can take into auditions or performances to lower anxiety. We will study movement and breathing, sometimes in daily activities as simple as walking or opening a door. And we’ll practice using the Alexander Technique in theater movement warm-ups, with some text or simple scenes. Follow up emails will give you guidance for self study at your own pace. Regular practice will help you to continue to expand your awareness of choice and the pleasure of playing with creative options.
You can participate using whatever space you have available – just enough space to lie down on the floor to relax is fine.
Alexander Technique for the Actor: Ease and Agility for Mind and Body
Prerequisites: No prerequisites: This is for new and returning students.
Through guided experience, the Alexander Technique brings you into a collaborative, playful relationship with your natural design for movement — freeing up your creativity and releasing tension. We all know that posture is an essential aspect of how we communicate. Postural tone gives us internal feedback about ourselves as it reveals our inner dialogue to others. Posture is contextual – we stand, breathe and move differently under different circumstances and live experiences. And so we need practicable ways to be skillful and agile with our physical expression. By using the Alexander Technique, you can heighten awareness of your responses to “stimuli” – external and internal. With more awareness you will find you have more options and less need to rely on habitual patterns. This kind of actor’s inner agility allows for character transformation to naturally unfold. You will have opportunities to apply the Alexander process to text and open scenes in class.
In this class, those who are new to Alexander Technique and those who have previously studied can all learn, practice and deepen the key skills for bringing about natural breathing and movement. This work is unhurried, so it can help you feel more present in your own skin and the room, more in sync with your body and mind — and the stories you tell.