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Presence in Performance: Alexander Technique and Mindful Movement for Performing Artists

Drama 4530 - Spring 2021

This course provides group and individual instruction in principles and methods from Alexander Technique and other somatic arts for training mindful, embodied presence in performance. Mindful movement techniques are widely used by professional dancers, actors, and musicians to enhance performance skill and to address/prevent injury and chronic pain. Through a workshop process of guided learning, students gain awareness of subtle inefficiencies in coordination and balance that cause pain and limit ability. Students gain ability to self-assess and adjust problematic movement patterns to improve freedom and expression. Alexander Technique works at fundamental levels of movement coordination, and its methods are applicable to all performing art genres. Training is tailored to individual student's needs, skills and goals. Experiential learning supported with related readings, discussion, personal research projects and presentations. Pre-requisites: Graduate level, or undergraduate students studying at 400 level in their discipline with permission of instructor.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUM

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Presence in Performance: Alexander Technique and Mindful Movement for Performing Artists
INSTRUCTOR: David Marchant
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