course code: WS526
primary control and communication in movement
with clare maxwell
tuesday aug 11, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: C1-061, Main Building (level 1)
F alexander principles
(Suitable for beginners, trainees, and teachers)
This workshop will give participants the experience of integrating the state of balancing in primary control with the acts of thinking, talking, and moving simultaneously. I'm excited to share with the Alexander community some of what I have re-discovered in my 7 years of teaching groups of actors.
A working understanding of primary control improves individual functioning, and it also improves our ability to move, think, process and communicate collectively, which in turn improves our individual functioning even more!
I will be sharing three exercises I now teach to performers and non-performers alike:
- A movement experiment that help students access 'primary control' as a starting point for their work. Hands-on work is a part of this experiment.
- An improvisation that explores moving balance in relationship to the earth for the individual, integrating that with personal, idiosyncratic movement, and then expanding that to include relationships to a partner and then the group.
- An improvisation that invites the emergence of language within this collectively experienced field of 'balancing'.