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Volume 8: Issue 1


Welcome to our latest eNewsletter.

 

We have some fascinating articles about what is going on in the Alexander world and details of two forthcoming events in London.

 

 

Events & Forthcoming Meetings


London AT Friends
Thursday 3rd April
6:30 -8:30pm
Friends Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens,
St Martins Lane, WC2N 4EH.


Entrance fee: £8 (concessions £5)

The Process of Change


Pedro de Alcantara presents the new edition of his book Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique, published by Oxford University Press (OUP) in July, 2013.

In Pedro's words:

"The original edition of 
Indirect Procedures was published in 1997, with subsequent translations into French (2000), German (2002), and Japanese (2009). Its genesis, however, dates from much earlier; I started researching and drafting it 1985-86, when I was finishing my training as an Alexander Teacher. A few years ago OUP offered me the opportunity of bringing out a revised edition. Instead of just tweaking it, I decided to rewrite the book from top to bottom. Over these decades I learned so many things from so many different people that the original book had become, in a word, obsolete. Its philosophy, construction, and tone of voice had ceased to represent my thoughts and my practice as a teacher, writer, and musician. In this talk I'd like to give you an overview of the entire project, from its genesis to its current existence, and highlight the changes I've made to the book—which are, of course, only a reflection of the changes I’ve undergone myself."


Pedro de Alcantara has been a certified  AT teacher since 1986. His books include the children's novels Befiddled and Backtracked (both published by Delacorte Press, New York) and works of non-fiction for adults, including Indirect Procedures and Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound (both published by OUP), and The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life (published by Crowood Press and translated into French, Japanese, and Estonian). Pedro’s most recent music project is "Songs & Soundscapes," a solo CD of original compositions for voice, cello, piano, accordion, whistling, and howling. Pedro travels the world giving seminars and master classes. www.pedrodealcantara.com


If you would like to come to this event then please contact Friends administrator Julia Outlaw by email at: julia@atfriends.org

For map click here.

 

Please note: if you wish to come to an event without booking then you are advised to contact the administrator or check the website to ensure that the event is taking place. If an event has to be cancelled for any reason, only people who have made a booking will be informed.

                                                               


London AT Friends
Saturday 17 May
6:00 -9:00pm
Friends Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens,
St Martins Lane, WC2N 4EH.


Entrance fee: £8 (concessions £5)

 

Connected Movement: introducing the basics of Argentinian Tango with the benefit of Alexander awareness

Guest Presenter: Loretta Manson

 

Argentine tango is best known as a dramatic, eye-catching choreographed dance for the stage, but it is also a subtle, improvised social dance enjoyed by ordinary people the world over, one experiencing a global revival. This practical workshop is an opportunity to take your very first steps in Argentine salon tango, with the benefit of the heightened body awareness and potential for good use that Alexander Technique provides. We’ll be looking at the fundamentals of tango movement, partner connection, leading and following.  A walking dance, tango involves moving with a partner, and in company with others on the dance floor.  Our individual use, as well as our partner’s and to some extent that of everyone dancing, come into play to make the dance more or less alive, comfortable and enjoyable. We’ll consider how Alexander’s principles of inhibition and direction can help enhance awareness, quality and freedom of movement, as well as connection to our partner and the group sharing the space.


Lorettta writes....

 

"Having done ballet and various other forms of dance for many years as a child, I found the Alexander Technique to be a liberating way of thinking about movement and the body when I encountered it in Australia in 1989. I trained at CTC from 1994-1997 and after a break from teaching, I did some further training with Karen Wentworth at the Alexander Technique Studio.  In the 1990‘s I took up social dancing in the form of 50s-style jive, then Lindy Hop, salsa and finally Argentine tango, which I have danced for over 16 years.  I have co-taught tango at The Tango Club and Carablanca in London, as well as privately. I also teach Lindy Hop as one of the organisers of Opus One Swing Dance Club.  I have a special interest in exploring good partner connection in social dance and in how improved body awareness can help us to dance with less risk of injury, and with more sensitivity, freedom and enjoyment.  I am passionate about sharing everything I value from the world of partner dancing – the fun, artistry, self-expression and sense of belonging that make it such a source of pleasure and wellbeing for what seems like an increasing number of people."

If you would like to come to this event then please contact Friends administrator Julia Outlaw by email at: julia@atfriends.org

For map click here.

 

Please note: if you wish to come to an event without booking then you are advised to contact the administrator or check the website to ensure that the event is taking place. If an event has to be cancelled for any reason, only people who have made a booking will be informed. 

                                                              

Articles

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Experiencing the Embodied Mind
An interdisciplinary workshop with scientists and Alexander Technique teachers
October 7th -12th 2013 -Gargonza (Arezzo, Italy),
Program Chairs: Rachel Zahn and Prof. Massimo Bergamasco
Report by Pia Quaet-Faslem and Michael Vogler
Translation: Bridget Gerstner, AnTrans

What is consciousness for? A glimpse into the world of Ezequiel Morsella.
by Henry Fagg (MSTAT)

Understanding The Technique
Dr Theodore Dimon 
28 & 29 September 2013, London (organised by HITE)
Reviewer: Tanya Shoop

The Science of Non-action
Symposium on Intentional Inhibition: from motor suppression to self-control. Hosted by UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25 September 2013.
Review by Malcolm Williamson 

Taking inhibition onto the roads
Barry Collins shares some of his experiences of training to be an iInstructor/Observer with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)

A pilot study on the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (KOAT).
eacher’s report by Peter Bloch mSTAT

                                                               

Books

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Back in balance: Use the Alexander Technique to Combat Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain.
Richard Brennan
Review by Judy Vigurs

Voice Power: the Voice in Business and Public Speaking
by Michael McCallion
Published by Mouritz
Reviewed by Alan Philps  

 

Please contact us with any ideas or contributions relating to books.

 

Notice

Most people in the AT world will have heard of the passing away of Elisabeth Walker on 17 September 2013 at the age of 98. A wonderful concert in celebration of her life took place in Oxford on 22 February 2014, with friends and family from several generations in attendance.

 


 

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