The “perfect voice” of Alan Rickman was immediately recognizable but will not be heard live again. Rickman died yesterday from cancer at the age of 69. Alan Rickman Embodied an Imperfect Character with a “Perfect Voice” Rickman has spoken of how he used the Alexander Technique — pioneered by Shakespearean orator Frederick Matthias Alexander in the […]
In a recent interview for the Daily Telegraph, John Cleese reveals his “secret ritual” for preparing to perform: the same “constructive rest” Alexander Technique procedure I teach all my students. John Cleese (right) and Eric Idle performing their show in Florida. Picture: Rod Millington “I lie on the floor with a book under my head, my […]
Another fine actor uses the Alexander Technique to discover how his character should move. Jonathan Tucker, on preparing for his role of Boon in the final season of Justified: To take on the role of Boon, Tucker used the Alexander Technique, which puts a premium on the physical aspects of a character. “It puts you […]
Today my thoughts go to Warren Ebel, Steven Schumacher, Brian Maugh, Kevin Kehoe, and Kevin Oldham, all dearly loved by me and all dead from AIDS. They all died before the medical breakthrough in 1996 that now allows people to live a normal life with HIV and not fear the horrible deaths caused by AIDS. And now […]
I think this is the most beautiful runner in the world. Talk about a lengthening spine!
The results of a new study on chronic neck pain (more than 3 months) has just been published. The short version: both Alexander Technique and acupuncture decreased pain by about 30% even after 1 year, which is significantly better than standard medical care which included prescription pain medication, doctors visits and physical therapy. The subjects […]
My recent trip to the reunion of the Frankfurt Ballet reminded me just how much I love working with dancers, musicians and other performing artists. I have therefore decided to offer students and young professionals a chance to study with me at a very low price of just €25 for a full, 30 minute lesson. […]
The Washington Post today has a nicely illustrated look at the health hazards of sitting. At the bottom you will see some tips from “the experts”. Approach these with caution! Sitting on a large ball as recommended is no guarantee that you will not slump and slouch into the same habitual position as in a […]
The Swimming Blog at the Guardian has posted a video of how to swim using the Shaw Method, a very well thought out application of the Alexander Technique developed by Steven Shaw. Watching him swim with such ease makes you want to jump right in and glide.
Back pain can affect anyone of any age, even young dancers! A young dancer who attended an introductory workshop of mine is writing his thesis on the subject of low back problems amongst dancers. As part of his research he sent me the following 5 questions: Can you describe what the Alexander technique is in […]