Free ATM #5: Lifting the hands and feet on all-fours

An Awareness Through Movement lesson that’s good for all ages.  This one is about balancing the muscles of the back and abdomen in order to carry the arms and legs.

Presented with help from my trusty assistant Lila.

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Free ATM #4: Imagining the Movement of the Right Lung

Another Awareness Through Movement lesson for you to play with:

This is the sort of lesson that made me fall in love with the Feldenkrais Method.  It is guaranteed to make you feel groovy.

 

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Free ATM #3: Finding the Centre

I recorded another quick Awareness Through Movement lesson for people stuck inside.  This one is about feeling centred and stable when standing.

Hope it helps pass the time and keeps you sane.

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Free ATM Lesson #2: Lifting the head

I’ve recorded another short Awareness Through Movement lesson for those of us practising social distancing or self-isolating.

This one continues the theme of yesterday’s lesson – movement of the ribcage.  It focuses on lifting the head while lying on the back and lying on the side.

Note: I didn’t repeat the instruction to stand the feet while lying on you back and lifting your heard.  So please remember to bring your feet up to stand after you’ve rested.

I also should have said bring your elbows towards each other, not together.  They just need to point in the general direction of the ceiling, they don’t need to touch together.

I’m still learning how to teach these lessons without having feedback from students in front of me.  I hope it’s clear enough.  I’ve certainly had my fair share of confusion while listening to audio recordings of ATMs – even from Feldenkrais himself!

 

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Free Feldenkrais ATM Lesson

All my face-to-face classes have been cancelled, so I recorded a quick ATM for people who are stuck inside.  It focuses on the movement of the ribs, belly and diaphragm during breathing.

The recording is a little rough. It was recorded on Garage Band this afternoon.  Let me know what you think. I’ll try to do another tomorrow.

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Notes on making theatre with the audience in mind

I wrote up some notes for my current students following a session feeding back on their work.

They focus on how to make choices with reference to questions about spectatorship and reception.

A lot of the ideas draw on research from my book, Theatrical Reality, but I’ve tried to connect  them to practical problems in the rehearsal room.

The basic question is how to keep focused on the audience when the audience isn’t in the room.

This is Version One.  It could be a whole book, but hopefully what’s here will be useful.

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Walking Towards Ithaca @ Soho Theatre

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Walking Towards Ithaca is on at the Soho Theatre on the 11th and 12th November.

The play tells the story of a 200-walk from York to London – examining social alienation in the aftermath of Brexit along the way.

https://sohotheatre.com/shows/walking-towards-ithaca/

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Walking Towards Ithaca

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My new solo piece, Walking Towards Ithaca, will be part of Hull Truck’s Grow Season.

It combines the story of a 200-mile walk across Britain at a time of deep political conflict with reflections on Homer’s Odyssey. .

Blurring the boundaries between documentary, autobiography and myth, it’s a show that reflects on the complexities of human connection and belonging in world of anger and alienation.

 

 

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Dancing Through Storytime

A few images of Dancing Through Storytime at Halton Library and York Explore.  Who knew stories were so exhausting?!?

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Dancing Through Storytime

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My new interactive dance piece, Dancing Through Storytime, will be on in October.

It’s an interactive performance for families, integrating dance, movement and storytelling.  During the 15 minute performance children aged 4-8 and their grown ups will hunt for sea creatures, get lost in a forest and float into space.  It’s a show for everyone who has ever wanted to jump into their storybook.

13th October at Halton Library in Leeds. 11-1pm

20th October at York Explore Library. 10-4pm

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