WORKSHOP ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE - PARA PROFISSIONAIS DAS ARTES PERFORMATIVAS
com John Hunter
para profissionais das artes performativas (actores, músicos, bailarinos...)
28, 29 e 30 de Junho 2016
10h às 13h e 14h30 às 17h30
Bolsas Fundação GDA para artistas Cooperadores GDA: €150 (um máximo de 10 inscrições)
ser cooperador GDA: pagamento único - 25€ (www.gda.pt/inscricao)
Awakening the Somatic Pathways - An introduction to the Alexander Technique
By deepening our sensory awareness through movement and dynamic rest, we can begin to discover our own personal blockages and habits, and rediscover pathways of fluidity, expansiveness and orientation in ourselves as we move in space. The Alexander Technique is a way of refining our upward response to gravity. The natural poise and freedom of movement seen in young children demonstrates how efficiently this system works. As we grow up many factors contribute to an overlay of tension-based habits which interfere with our support system, leading to poor posture, back pain and lack of confidence. FM Alexander discovered that there are particular ways of thinking and key places in our musculo-skeletal system whereby small changes in awareness and pressure can reawaken our natural upward response to gravity.
Natural Breathing: the Power of the Diaphragm
Actors spend a great deal of time studying and developing their voices for their craft. But unless the fundamentals of respiration are understood, much of this work can be built on a false foundation. Respiration being a vital function, there is more than one way we can generate the motive force to move air in and out of the body. The major organ that is meant to carry out this action is, however, the diaphragm. If we understand how the diaphragm works we can maximise its efficiency. All the other modes of inspiration - abdominal, chest and costal breathing - can be useful for certain activities, but if they become dominant at the expense of natural diaphragmatic breathing then our health may suffer. We can learn to distinguish between the different types of respiration and to encourage the free movement of the diaphragm.
Wednesday: 09:00-13:00 Entering the Creative Space: “At the still point of the turning world”
It's easy to get stressed living and working in modern cities, but there is something you can learn that can help you to recover your equilibrium. It is sometimes referred to as "stopping". It means taking some inner time-out from what you are thinking and what you are doing. This only takes a moment of chronological time, but in terms of inner time - the activity in your brain, neural network and nervous system - a lot can happen, or stop happening, in a very short space of time. For the creative artist it is also a way to find a neutral point from which something new can arise.
Wednesday: 14:30-17:30 The Mind-Body Connection: Thought and Energy
Only relatively recently have scientists come to realise just how "plastic" are the neural connections in the brain. Using patience and the power of thought, we can re-educate many aspects of the way we function and interact with the world - to great advantage. Our bodies are very responsive to “intention”. Many of our difficulties come from not being clear about what it is we intend. The flow of intention into the body as an animating force is something which can be cultivated.
Thursday: 09:00-13:00 Dynamic Opposition
Our bodies have both flexibility and stability because of their “tensegrity” structure. If we understand better the principles and practice of this, we can use it to enliven ourselves and as a tool to interact with others. In this session we will experiment with dynamic opposition as a tool for life and for interaction through movement and with text. Participants are asked to come prepared with dialogue which can be worked on in pairs.
Thursday: 14:30-17:30 The Art of Presence in Life and Performance
In this workshop we will bring together the elements we have been working on and apply them to finding "embodied presence" in both performance and, through role-play, in real-life situations. Participants should come prepared to perform a short piece of their choice.
John has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1984. After his formal training he studied privately with many of the first-generation teachers trained by F M Alexander himself. For over thirty years he has been involved with the training and professional development of Alexander teachers in Europe, the US and Australia, and has considerable experience in working with performing artists.Along with senior colleagues in the field, John is developing a Masters programme on Alexander Technique in Performing Arts Education. He is a former Chair of STAT (Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique) and a trustee of the educational Charity for the F Matthias Alexander Technique. His other interests include philosophy, psychology, qigong, Argentinian tango, authentic movement, folk dance, music, theatre, gardening, woodcarving, literature and the holistic spiritual philosophy of G I Gurdjieff. John also enjoys blogging under the name Upward Thought (upwardthought.wordpress.com).
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