“The hallmarks of the Alexander Technique are creativity, spontaneity, and adaptability to change.” – A.R. Alexander
The Alexander Technique was designed by a performer – ideally suited to a performer’s needs. FM Alexander developed this process to serve his needs as a performing artist – its first use was to solve an artists’ dilemma –actors, musicians, dancers, singers, circus artists, speakers and comedians have an easy affinity for the power of this work.
First and foremost, the gold of Alexander’s discoveries is that, once you learn the process, the Alexander Technique is designed to be used directly in the moment of performance!
The Alexander Technique provides a key to manifesting all the work you build in rehearsal in the presence of an audience.
In Cathy Madden’s Keynote address at the Alexander Technique and Performing Arts Conference, she said: “Teaching performers is about applying this work to highly skilled excitation in service of the extraordinary. The Alexander Technique functions to optimize excitation and execution congruent with the needs of each art form.”
Stage readiness replaces stage fright.
AT unlocks blocks to building skills by identifying the causes of any ‘stuckness’, and providing a clear, constructive replacement for outdated ideas and beliefs. Developing any new skills is so much more effective and efficient when a performer knows the Alexander Technique because the new skill is learned through an optimized coordination.
AT demystifies the elusive “posture” messages with a moving model of optimal human design.
And, if you have had the misfortune of hurting from how you practice and perform, AT gives you a path to restore your instrument to health and prevent future injury.
Again, from Madden: For performers, […] using the Alexander Technique awakens more ability to develop skills and carry through artistic intention. Freed from performance-sapping patterns and beliefs, each artist’s creativity emerges, contributing to their field and to the world at large. Working becomes more pleasurable. Integrative Alexander Technique Performance Practices nourish our artists, who in turn nourish their audiences and ultimately the world. (Integrative Alexander Technique Practice for Performing Artists: Onstage Synergy, Intellect 2014)
Actor Alan Rickman says:
With the best intentions, the job of acting can become a display of accumulated bad habits, trapped instincts and blocked energies. Working with the Alexander Technique has given me sightings of another way… Mind and body, work and life together. Real imaginative freedom…