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Feldenkrais for Actors



 
by Victoria Worsley
Spontaneity, sensitivity, simplicity and flexibility in any situation are just some of the qualities that the Feldenkrais Method has inspired in performers around the world. It uses movement to enable you to feel, adapt and respond in new ways – not just in limited, habitual patterns – thereby increasing your physical, emotional and mental potential.
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Written by an experienced actor, theatre-maker and Feldenkrais practitioner, Feldenkrais for Actors leads you through a range of topics where using the Method can help, such as:
   Presence and Posture
   The Role of Tension
   Emotion, Character and Creativity
   Voice and Breath
   Injury and Anxiety
Also included are dozens of exercises and lessons so that you can experience how the Method will help you in practice.
Feldenkrais for Actors is the result of thirty years of study and experience of the Method, and the benefits it can bring. It is invaluable for actors at any stage of their career, as well as for singers, dancers, musicians, martial artists, athletes and more.

From a blog post by the author:

To explain how The Feldenkrais Method© helps actors is a big job. Indeed, it’s just taken me a whole book - and even that’s just an introduction as it opens up an enormous area of study. Presence, posture, voice, breath, spontaneity, sensitivity, versatility, flexibility are all addressed by this very profound and fundamental method. Let’s just take one corner of it here:

We could say that an actor is engaged in an examination of human behaviour couldn’t we? Exploring and portraying people’s different ways of living and responding to life. But if so, then how much do you, as an actor, know about your own behaviour for a start? If you want to be able to portray how someone else behaves, you need to know as much as you can about how you behave first or how can you make any kind of choice about what to do differently? It’s notoriously difficult.
About the Author
Victoria Worsley qualified as a Feldenkrais practitioner in 2007, after decades of working as an actor, movement director and theatre-maker. She teaches Feldenkrais in drama schools, at the Actors Centre in London, and for other performance companies and organisations, as well as coaching actors on an individual basis.

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