Alexander Technique for Performers
The Julliard School, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the San Francisco Opera Center, the Manhattan School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic are among the many conservatories and performance organizations that offer and promote the Alexander Technique to support performance skills and to address the stresses under which performers work.
Professional and amateur performers often find that even though they are practicing and rehearsing regularly, they are unable to achieve the level of proficiency they want. The intensity of performance takes a toll on their bodies. They lack endurance playing or singing complicated passages of music. They have insufficient coordination needed for particular dance movements. Long, full voiced passages of spoken text leave them breathless.
Alexander Technique provides performers with a means of supporting their performance skills more effectively and preventing injury. When principles of the Technique are applied, rehearsals become less tiring, while arms, hands, necks and backs don’t hurt, breathing flows easily and powerful voices feel effortless. The Technique helps many performers find a reduction of performance anxiety. Performers learn to release the tension habits they’ve developed and to apply a simple process that brings heightened awareness, balance and stability, and ease of movement to all rehearsal and performance situations. It’s no wonder that Sting, Meryl Streep and Yehudi Menuhin find the Alexander Technique to be an invaluable practice.