Alexander technique for performers

Course Dates: 14/09/20 - 19/10/20
Time: 15:15 - 17:15
Location: Online

Discover the Alexander Technique as a tool to improve freedom of movement, breath and speech during performance. In this course you will learn to release habitual tension and develop kinaesthetic awareness using AT embodied mindfulness. You will explore how to gain spontaneity, presence and physical expression of characters through movement.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

Develop stage presence by discovering how to become aware of, and how to move beyond your personal ingrained habits of reacting and thinking, moving and breathing. This practical hands-on course will help you to free yourself for creative expression as you learn to integrate freedom of movement in performance.

It requires using your whole brain, sensory mechanism, and emotional centre – your whole integrated being. Instead of trying to teach us to be 'right', the Alexander Technique teaches us to stop doing and thinking the 'wrong' and allow the new, unknown 'right' to emerge. It is an exciting journey into the unknown.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We will explore the basics of the Alexander Technique through a range of practical procedures. You will become aware of, and unlearn, habits of misuse that show up as tension, restricting freedom of movement, breathing, voice and coordination.

Topics include:
• Eliminating and avoiding habits of voice and facial and body gesture that interfere with the performance
• Centring and grounding
• Spatial awareness,
• Balance and co-ordination
• Controlling performance anxiety
• Developing powers of observation
• Focusing
• Freedom and control of movement
• Movement and character work
• Change into and stay true to the character

Procedures will include basic Alexander Technique work; lying down work, sitting and standing, walking, and breathing. We will apply the Alexander principles to exploring freedom movement as a basis for expression and presence, through a range of release and creative/expressive exercises. Some anatomy and physiology will be introduced where applicable.

Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Integrate some basic principles and skills of the Alexander Technique in your performance
• Practice the AT in the classic semi-supine lying-down position
• Recognise the need for stopping your habitual reactions as a means to changing your creative expression
• Have a repertoire of movement procedures to continue to practice Alexander Technique in relation to everyday life and performance.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for actors, musicians and performers of all kinds and levels and those wishing to train in performance arts. The course is suitable for complete beginners in the Alexander Technique, as well as a refresher for people with previous experience and as a compendium to someone having one-to-one lessons.

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback.
• Communicate clearly in discussion and drama practice.
• Read and respond to a variety of text.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Take notes.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

In pairs and groups. The Alexander Technique is a practical method which involves the students’ participation through direct hands-on work from the tutor, self-observation, and students’ observation of each other. We will work in small groups and pairs involving interactive movement games and application to everyday activities. There will be some observation and individual hands-on instruction applied to performance situations. Musicians get the opportunity to work with their instrument. The tutor will also have volunteer teaching assistants for extra hands-on work. You will be given course hand-outs, and be expected to apply what you learn between classes.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Comfortable clothing should be worn.
There are no examinations, material or extra costs. Suggested reading: 'The Voice Book' by Michael McCallion; 'Bodylearning' by Michael Gelb; 'Use of the Self' by F.M. Alexander; 'Mind and Muscle' an owners handbook by Elizabeth Langford; Body, Breath & Being by Carolyn Nicholls, ‘Indirect Procedures’ by Pedro de Alcantara.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

As Alexander Technique is usually learnt in a one-to-one lesson, you will be given information on how to continue learning. You may like to deepen your learning by enrolling on 'Alexander Technique for Performers'.


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already told friend. Excellent for performers
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Review by Eleanor Friday / (Posted on 03/02/2020)
Our tutor led us through this course with passion, deep knowledge and kindness. This enabled us to form a strong and supportive group so we learned a lot from each other too.It was a really good introduction for me and has opened up so many possibilities for exploration. i feel much more relaxed with my instrument, and more aware of many habits in my daily life: noticing them is the first step to changing them!
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Review by biddy / (Posted on 14/04/2015)
A great introduction to Alexander technique, full of practical tips and useful information. It made a real difference to my life.

The City Lit is about exploring and learning new things, sometimes things you would not have thought were suitable for you. This course is all about that experience. It is is what the City Lit is all about. Review by Gideon / (Posted on 25/12/2014)
Tutor Biographies
Brita Forsstrom Tutor Website

Brita Forsstrom Brita Forsstrom MSTAT, has been teaching the Alexander Technique (AT) for 35 years teaching individual lessons and groups privately and in adult education. She has a special passion for teaching actors, singers, musicians and all performing artists. She has taught in the Drama, Health & Lifestyle and Music departments at City Lit since 1988. Her work has taken her to Singapore working with a choir and singing students, Sweden and to different parts of the UK. She enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds and different interests groups, such as pregnant women and new mothers. She sees AT as a way of encouraging people to regain confidence and freedom of movement in all aspects of their lives. She gives CPD for AT teachers and teaches AT in businesses. Since 2014 Brita has run a 3-year training course for AT teachers. She is co-author of Alexander Technique for Pregnancy and Childbirth, has contributed articles in books on AT as well as articles in magazines and newspapers.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: DRB111

Mon, day, 14 Sep - 19 Oct '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £119.00
Senior fee: £95.00
Concession: £73.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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