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course code: WS606

the use of conscious inhibition in the work of a performing artist

maret tormis, presenting at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

with maret tormis
tuesday aug 11, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: CG-057, Main Building (ground level)

A activity   F alexander principles

I wish to share my 15 years of daily work (1999 – 2014) with actors, musicians and dancers.
As I work with artists over a limited period of time (10 – 20 individual lessons), I continuously figure out how the learner would reach the level of being 'caught in the action', i.e. begin to understand the fundamental principle of AT – conscious inhibition.
If, at the pre-performance moment, the attention is fully focused on the end result (endgaining) natural movement is impeded and compensatory tensions result. The learned impediment is stored in procedural memory. In order to “un-learn” it, the programme needs to be dismantled through Alexander’s method: First, to become aware of the impediment, and then to be able to give it up through inhibiting (stopping) the faulty movement from happening and thereby, “erasing” the stored memory.
I conducted research as a part of the creative branch of my doctoral studies in cooperation with the Institute of Kinesiology, University of Tartu, Estonia. In my workshop I will briefly report on this research. The workshop primarily will emphasize practical application of what I have studied and learned. Participants will put the principles of inhibition into action while performing.

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