The Actor and the Alexander Technique

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2001 - Drama - 148 pages
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F.M. Alexander developed the Alexander Technique of movement in the early 20th century. Combining vocal clarity and body movement, Alexander developed a performance coaching method that is used by dancers, actors, singers, etc. In The Actor and the Alexander Technique, Kelly McEvenue writes the first basic book about how this unique technique can help actors feel more natural on the stage. She provides warm-up exercises, "balance" and "center" exercises, spatial awareness exercises. She talks about imitation, the use of masks, nudity on the stage, dealing with injury and aging. She talks about specific productions that have successfully used the Alexander Technique, such as "The Lion King". With a foreword by Patsy Rodenburg of our own phenomenal The Actor Speaks this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every working and studying actor.
  

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Contents

The Principles of the Alexander Technique
11
The Anatomy Lesson
29
The Actor PreparesWarming Up
37
A Shoulder Stretch 4 Getting Up Off the Floor
42
Finding Balance or Centre
43
Arm Stretching
44
Undulating Through Centre
46
Find the Hip Joint
47
Centrifugal Force and Opposition Exercises
69
A Mirroring Exercise
72
Status Work Playing the High and the Low Brows
74
Tableau Exercise Learning to Survive a Freeze
76
The Table Work and the Alexander Technique
79
Lesson
80
Lesson
82
Pa rt 3
85

The Rollingover Exercise
48
Balancing into Walking
51
An Openleg Stretch
52
Part 2
55
Partner Work Moving in Relationship
57
Endowment Observing the Other
60
Stage 2 of Spatial Awareness
62
Contact Partner Work
64
Alexanders Discovery
87
Voice Work and the Alexander Technique
88
Musical Theatre
91
Opera Singing and the Alexander Technique
94
The Whispered Ah Exercise
96
Part 4
99
Relevance of the Alexander Technique to Acting
101
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About the author (2001)

Kelly McEvenue is a certified teacher of the Alexander technique. She is one of the main acting coaches for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario.

Patsy Rodenburg is Director of Voice at London's Royal National Theater and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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