course code: WS524
seeds of imagination: developing creativity with the alexander technique
with cathy madden
friday aug 14, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: IWA Theatre 2, Irish World Academy Building (ground level)
E alexander procedures O other (teaching methods)
'The hallmarks of the Alexander Technique are Creativity, Spontaneity, and Adaptability to Change.' - A.R. Alexander
At the University of Washington, Cathy has been developing exercises to develop and retrain image-making skills for her acting students. The need for the exercises arose from observations that when her students were required to be creative, they were going out of coordination. What emerged was that their imaginations seemed limited to a 2-dimensional world – perhaps because they learned to create images from electronic media rather than life. The exercises Madden has developed rely on the Alexander Technique's ability to coordinate the whole individual; they also draw from actor training exercises, studies in neuroscience, and nature. In the years since Madden began doing this work, it has become clear that many people, not just actors, find themselves 'out of coordination' when they are searching for new ideas, or hoping for creativity. Their image-making skills need an Alexander Technique - facilitated update. While the exercises were developed as part of actor training, they are useful for everyone, not just actors.
During this workshop Cathy will teach some of these exercises, and offer to give individual 'turns' using the Alexander Technique in order to do the exercises.