Performing Arts

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A good performance always requires strong expression and a strong personality. Anything extra stands in the way. That means too much tension, too much anxiety and too much ambition is in the way of a good performance.

Performing artists rely on their bodies as their instrument. This instrument must be as finely tuned as possible. Using the principles of the Alexander Technique, the performer becomes more attuned with himself, therefore showing a deeper sense of depth and truth, greater fluidity, openness and ease.

Applying the Alexander Technique to Performing Arts can:

• Enhance your movement skills, breathing, vocal production and range of physical and vocal choices
• Prevent Injury and reduce pain from strenuous physical activity associated with acting, dancing, singing or playing an instrument
• Create powerful performances without strain
• Avoid movement habits that don’t belong to the character
• Improve spatial awareness and the ability to relate to others, props and set

performance-2Innumerable actors, singers, dancers and musicians have used to Alexander Technique to increase and enliven their performance. Many theater departments in Universities as well as Performing Art Schools include the Alexander Technique in their curriculum. Some of these schools are: The Actors Studio in New York, Juilliard, American Conservatory Theater. University of California Los Angeles, Yale, George Washington University, Brandeis, University of North Carolina, New York University/Tisch School, University of the Arts in Philadelphia and University of Washington.

Many successful actors have studied the Alexander Technique. To name a few: William Hunt, Paul Newman, Jeremy Irons, Joel Gray, Mary Steenbergen, Julie Andrews, Kevin Kline, Joanne Woodward, John Cleese, Robin Williams, Keanu Reeves, Ben Kingsley, John Houseman and Hillary Swank.