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The Knowing Body: Awareness Techniques for Performers

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number ARTS-UG1106
Section 001
Instructor Robin Powell
Days T
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Units 4
Level U



Mind/body awareness techniques increase one's ability to strip away any physical and mental interference which impair performance and often appear as stiff, held muscles, poor body habits and interrupted concentration. These methods are vital to the creative process and help students to honor inner knowledge. In this workshop, performance is viewed in terms of posture, breath, tension/effort, energy/presence, concentration, body behaviors/habits, and mind/body integration. Students must be prepared to perform a solo piece of their chosing (or an activity to be observed) by the third week of class and work on it throughout the semester. Kinetic Awareness, The Alexander Technique, meditation, visualization, and Eastern energy systems are learned and applied to the student's performance piece. Open to performing arts students who wish to deepen their relationship to their bodies, increase awareness, and draw on inner reserves. Readings include Knaster's  Discovering the Body's Wisdom , Steinman's  The Knowing Body , Crow's  The Alexander Technique as a Basic Approach to Theatrical Training , and Kohnlein's  Listening from the Physical Body .


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)