The Alexander Technique begins with the premise that the human organism is perfectly designed for an expansive range of activities. It is our own misuse that gets in the way of this potential. The Alexander Technique maps a neuromuscular process by which we use our thinking to undo habitual layers of use, and make conscious choices that create more freedom and range, resulting in a simultaneously more relaxed and focused mode of being. This course will use fundamental principles of the Alexander Technique to support and develop spatial and sensory awareness. Through verbal instruction and gentle hands-on guidance, we will unravel our habits and discover ease, flow, coordination, and direction. We will play with developmental movement patterns, while working to develop a more accurate sense of our own anatomy. We will experiment with how a process of mindfulness affects perception of time and space, self and other, being somewhere and going somewhere. Arrive alert for a deep and thorough warm up. Opportunities will arise to apply these methodologies to individual practice, including scene study, phrase work, performance, etc. Over the course of the semester, special emphasis will be placed on the breathing mechanism and use of the voice. Course work includes moderate weekly readings (theory, history, anatomy), weekly writing assignments (journaling, response pieces), and a class presentation. This course may be of particular interest to students studying in the fields of Drama, Dance, and Music, but it is also open to students focusing in any discipline.
Rebecca Brooks, MFA Teaching Fellow