Master Class/Workshop with Heather Kravas and Rebecca Brooks Oct 3, 2013

by Monique

HEATHER KRAVAS | the quartet
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 | Noon @ OtB | $12 ($7 with ticket stub)
RSVP to Sean Ryan

Class Description:
Voluminous Thinking / Altered States
The Alexander Technique begins with the premise that the human organism is perfectly designed for an expansive range of activities. It is our own habits that get in the way of this potential, and our own misuse often results in chronic pain, injury, excessive tension or otherwise inappropriate tone. Through the technique we learn to use our thinking to undo habitual layers of use, and then make conscious choices that create more freedom of movement. 

This class will explore using fundamental principles of the Alexander Technique to support and develop spatial and sensory awareness. We will begin on the floor with an extended session of focused, guided movements that encourage ease, coordination, and direction of movement. We will continue our exploration in the context of improvised movement. What happens when our movement choices are driven by information other than the kinaesthetic sense? We will experiment with how the process of mindfulness that the Alexander Technique offers can affect perception of time and space, self and other, being somewhere and going somewhere. 

This class is open to movers of all abilities, experienced dancers as well as beginners and "non-dancers", adults and teens. 

About Rebecca Brooks:
Rebecca Brooks is a dance artist and AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher based in NYC. Fundamental to her work is a commitment to developing sustainable practices that enhance conscious awareness for performers, students, and public alike. Her performance works have been presented throughout NYC in theaters, lofts, community centers, living rooms, bars, galleries, and parks. She is working on a new piece that will have its premiere at Danspace Project in Spring 2014. Rebecca is currently working as Performance Advisor / Artistic Consultant on Heather Kravas’ the quartet, after having collaborated in a similar capacity on Kravas’ 2010 work, The Green Surround. She also worked as Performance Advisor / Eye on Milka Djordjevich’s 2013 work Kinetic Makeover. Recent work as a performer includes projects with Marina Abramović, luciana achugar, Walter Dundervill, Maria Hassabi, Amanda Loulaki, Jillian Pena, Katy Pyle, Susan Rethorst, robbinschilds, and Kathy Westwater. Rebecca is on faculty at Movement Research, Balance Arts Center, and Playwrights Horizons Theater School (NYU). She maintains a private teaching practice in Manhattan and in Brooklyn. She has also taught at St. Margaret's House, CLASSCLASSCLASS, the Fieldston School and General Theological Seminary in NYC, and at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. BA, Sarah Lawrence College; Co-founder, AUNTS; co-curator, Movement Research Festival Spring 2007: Reverence (Irreverence); Co-Artistic Director, Rockbridge Artist Exchange.