Performance as an Innate Human Capacity
Open to all comers, with or without previous experience in the Alexander Technique.
A 3 hour workshop at HITE Harley Street on
Saturday 2 May 2020, 1:30 pm to 4:30pm.
You can perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto in front of a thousand people . . . and you can perform a small act of kindness that goes unnoticed by most people.
Both types of performance are manifestations of your sense of agency: the innate capacity to make a decision and act upon it.
Sensing and understanding how natural it is to perform will help you in every sphere of life: talking to friends and family; providing services such as lessons, workshops, and speeches; playing a musical instrument, singing, dancing, or acting; and otherwise expressing yourself in the world-that-is-a-stage.
This workshop is for everyone: extroverts and introverts, professionals and amateurs, Alexander teachers and students, the curious and the doubtful. It doesn’t require any previous training, and it doesn’t require that you perform formally in front of the group. We’ll chat and laugh, and we’ll play a series of games and exercises to makes us alert to the paradoxes of performance: how ordinary and extraordinary performance really is, how serious and silly, how fear-inducing and liberating.
Pedro de Alcantara is a musician, writer, and teacher. His books include, among others, Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique; Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound; and The Integrated String Player, all published by Oxford University Press. Two of his novels for young readers were published by Random House in the United States: Befiddled and Backtracked. Some of his books have been translated into French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Estonian. Pedro lives in Paris and travels the world. In April, 2016 he was named Visiting Professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, for a three-year term.
Please book early to avoid disappointment as places will be strictly limited.
Please note that no refunds will be possible after 18th Apr 2020.
All participants will receive an invoice and record of attendance after the event.
HITE Ltd, 10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF.
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