Monday, May 19th, 2014 5pm – 8pm
more freedom in body, in technique, and in performance
sign up here: http://feldenkraismusic.bpt.meRipley-Grier Studios 520 8th Avenue (btw 36th & 37th sts) New York, N.Y. 10018
$50 ($35 students)
The Feldenkrais Method® was created by the scientist Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. The group lessons are a means of becoming more aware, efficient, free, and capable in the use of one’s body and one’s movements. For musicians, the applications of this work are vast.
ADAPTABILITY: One of the most important skills a musician can develop is his or her ability to adapt to unexpected situations. How often do we feel that we’ve done everything in our power to prepare for a performance, an audition… only to find ourselves thrown off by external circumstances? Not enough time to warm up, a difficult acoustic or a difficult colleague, stress, tension or new reactions in the body, something wrong with an instrument… there are so many factors that come into play that can change the quality of our performance. The more we are able to adapt to the unexpected, the more likely we are to play at our best. One of the starting points for being more flexible is becoming aware of what we can rely on. How do we connect to our instrument? And how do we find more stability by connecting our hands, our arms, our breath more with our core? Through Feldenkrais movement lessons we will begin to explore these questions together.
For info on workshops in 2014 click here.
Where can musicians go to learn to feel better in their body and movements? Find more freedom, and yet more security with their instrument? And improve their presence on stage?
Colin Pip Dixon gives workshops using the Feldenkrais Method®, specifically addressing musicians’ needs and questions. His journey as a violinist (performing both in concert and in the theatre) has led him to understand that awareness and adaptability are among the most important skills a musician can develop. Feldenkrais’s method combines the intelligence and precision of the scientist with the freedom and playfulness of the artist.
The lessons consist of simple guided movements which help to bring more freedom in the body, but also teach how to learn more efficiently and overcome difficulties. Through his own personal experience Colin has developed specific applications of this work for instrumentalists, singers and actors. There are no ready-made recipes, but there are principles which can have extraordinary results immediately and over a lifetime when they are practiced and integrated.