ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

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.”

 

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.

Alexander Technique w/ Jean-Louis Rodrigue & Kristof Konrad

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.

Student Learning Outcomes for this course: 
 
1) To introduce the basic principles of the Alexander Technique and to apply these principles in everyday activities as well as in performance.
           
2) To observe and change poor habits of use that interferes with coordination, ease, flexibility, and the development of good form; to distinguish between the actor’s habitual tensions and those of the character.
           
3) To provide a physical basis for understanding the concepts of neutrality and economy as applied specifically to performance.
           
4) To provide a psychophysical basis for understanding the concepts of availability, spontaneity, and play as applied to performance.

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.

PRE-REQUISITE
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.

BREATHING COSTIUM

Art of Breathing for Actors & Alexander Technique

2 DAY INTENSIVE

Actors need a highly developed instrument to meet the demands of performance. The ART of BREATHING helps actors discover freedom in the body, breath & voice, enabling them to practice their craft with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. Rooted in the Alexander Technique and Carl Sough’s Breathing Coordination, THE ART of BREATHING fuels imagination & enhances expression.

 

Cost: $250.00

 

NEXT COURSE:

Nov. 4th (9:30-1pm) & Nov 5th (10-2pm)

Classes meet once a week for 7 weeks. Each class is 2 hours.
Class size is 10 to 14.

$450

Payments must be made online once student is registered. If you wish to register, please contact info@howardfine.com for access to our registration system.

 

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All payments must be made before the start of the first class. Students may not attend class or put up work in class until payment is received. We do not sell partial courses or single classes, and we do not pro-rate class fees based on attendance, including for classes missed for any reason. No refunds or credits will be issued for classes not taken. Payments are not per-class, but rather per-course.

 

All enrollment and payments are handled via our website. By enrolling at our studio, you agree to the Terms & Conditions of our online student portal. Some classes require administrator approval, additional restrictions may apply. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, particularly and especially those who do not adhere to our payment policies and who attempt to attend class without paying.

Absence make-ups are at the sole discretion of the teacher. These classes, however, may not be refunded, credited, or pro-rated. We do not sell partial or pro-rated courses.

No refunds or credits will be issued for classes not taken.