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The Knowing Body: Awareness Techniques for Performers

Semester and Year SP 2019
Course Number ARTS-UG1106
Section 001
Instructor Robin Powell
Days T
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Units 4
Level U



Body awareness, by listening to the body's communication with mindful attention, increases one's ability to strip away any physical and mental interference which can impair performance. Interference often appears as stiff, held muscles, poor body habits and interrupted concentration. You will learn somatic or body awareness methods which are vital to the creative process and honor inner wisdom. Performance is viewed in terms of posture, breath, tension/effort, energy/presence, concentration, body behaviors/habits and mind/body integration. You must be prepared to perform a solo piece of your choosing (or a 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 your performance work. Open to performing arts students who wish to deepen their relationship to their bodies 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.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)