Posture which adheres to The Alexander Technique allows your audience to see work which is simple, clear and strong.
“The whole body has to show up to do this work.”
If you don’t have your physicality, you will not get your accent and you will not get your character.”
In order to “stand and receive” you must be connected to your centre.
It is about an intrinsic springiness or a balance of energy which comes from Poise.
The whole body moves within a framework of support which results from a redistribution of muscle tone and a release of inappropriate tension.
It is about letting go to create spaces.
Great work comes when you master the basics. Those basics are The Alexander Technique:
- Is my neck free?
- Is my head balanced and releasing in such a way that my whole spine lengthens, widens and softens?
- Is my pelvis free so that my legs can release, bend forward at the knees, soften at the ankles and lengthen through the foot?
- Are my feet taking hold of the ground?
- Am I breathing?
It allows you to be grounded and connected to the floor.
- when you are grounded you have your alignment
- when you have your alignment you have your breath
- when you have your breath you have your voice
- when you have your voice you have your confidence
- when you have your confidence you command your space
Your power is your instrument and you must be the conductor of that instrument.
If you would like to have poise, elegance, resonance and a breath which supports your performance:
What people are saying:
“For all of us, not just actors, life puts great stress and strain on our bodies. The Alexander Technique has given me a self help method by teaching me to relax and adjust my posture so that my body, which for an actor is an instrument can work as well as possible.”Jeremy Irons
“The Alexander Technique doesn’t teach you something new to do. It teaches you how to bring more practical intelligence into what you are already doing; how to eliminate stereo-typed responses; how to deal with habit and change. It leaves you free to choose your own goal but gives you a better use of yourself while you work towards it.”Dr. Frank Pierce Jones
“I find The AlexanderTtechnique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. Movement becomes light and relaxed.”John Cleese
“Once freed from the habitual tensions (so common place they are often not even recognised by the actor and singer) then the body can release into a greater range of expression with freedom, power and confidence.”Brett Wood
“Barbara’s work is an essential addition to the actor’s toolbox. Letting go of habits on all levels gives the actor the freedom to explore without tension and judgement. No actor should be without the freedom created by understanding how their body and their mind are released simply by aligning their physical self.”Adrian Barnes