The Artistry of Self-Care and Creativity for Lifelong Embodied Performance
The Feldenkrais® Awareness Summit
FREE ONLINE EVENT
October 25 - October 30, 2021
Being a performing artist requires a dedication to creativity and self-care.
Performance is a complete package with significant physical, emotional, and mental demands. Brain, body, and heart work together to translate expression from artist to audience. The experience is encompassing and can be demanding.
Somatic techniques and the Feldenkrais Method can evoke more from your performances through nuanced awareness. The same attention to details and focused awareness also hones in on areas of pain and strain to prevent injuries. You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “No Pain, No Gain” but that’s simply a marketing slogan. We know that pain actually prevents gain and is a sign of potential injury. Learn how to “Gain Without Pain” through the wisdom and inspiration provided by our guest experts.
Put your trust in you and see how far you can go
Dr. Kene Igweonu
How to learn/How to teach
Injury: Prevention or Healing
The High Performing Artist
Impacting the World
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FEATURED Master Sessions
Each day features a new topic and 4 sessions that help you work wiser so you can achieve new levels of expression and movement without pain, strain, and injury. You’ll find enrichment through creativity and movement, and most importantly, self-care. These sessions bring brain and body together in a synergistic fashion for all-encompassing growth. Each session features at least one master practitioner in their field and you have 48-hour access to the material. The material is released in the morning and then later that day there will be a live panel discussion regarding the information from that day’s sessions.
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CMA, CTBMD, DEP, EdD, MFLCI, RSDE, RSMT
Together let’s take time to engage in what the soma, the living body, brings to our creative process. Whether involved with artistic creation for personal pleasure and expression, or for performance, somatic awareness builds our capacity to attune more with untapped resources.
We will explore questions such as: How did some of our somatic greats like Anna Halprin, Irmgard Bartenieff and Charlotte Selver care for their bodies through the decades? What other topics are generated in your body-mind when you think of the arts and the somatic arts as a healing force? Personal or global anxiety, stress, and trauma? Environmental risk and disasters?
Through reflection and expert skill, Martha will bring her vast experience in somatics and the arts, and her personal and collaborative work – Dynamic Embodiment, BodyMind Dancing, Moving for Life for cancer survivors, and Global Water Dances for Safe CleanWater for All – to help us slow down, sense, and explore these important questions. Experience how we can locate our creative concerns and embody our own personal way of moving through them.
Read Martha’s impressive bio to entice you even further to explore with her.
MS, GCFP/T, WBFT, CMA
When working with musicians, I approach using the Feldenkrais Method the same way that I approach creating music. It involves trusting my intuition, using my imagination, and relying on natural laws of physics (sense of gravity, speed of movement and timing). The creativity of the Feldenkrais Method resembles the same creative process that takes place when I create an intimate relationship between a composer, through his/her composition, and myself. My attention to the changes that I experience within myself while working on a musical composition resemble changes which I discover during ATMs or Fls. In my session, I plan to focus on the discovery of habitual patterns which are manifested in daily life and during musical communication. I plan to focus on the importance of attending to musicians’ musical intentions when using the Feldenkrais Method to help them grow as musicians and when helping them alleviate discomfort or pain.
Roy Hart Centre Voice Teacher, M.A. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy
Listen in as we explore the intersections of Miquel’s work as a choreographer, performer and teacher with the Feldenkrais Method. View inspiring clips from three of his recent works and get an inside view into his choreographic process. You might be surprised about some of his questions such as “What does this particular dancer want?” He also explores the Latinx experience as well as ways in which he has found the Feldenkrais approach to be valuable in starting where his dancers already are.
How the quality and variety of the player’s movements affect the quality and variety of the sounds imagined and produced.
M.M., M.A., CCC-SLP, GCFT
Maintaining a healthy voice is not difficult if you know what to do and what not to do. While changes in voice quality are signs of vocal problems, they may have many causes. Some are benign, and some are more serious, requiring medical attention from an ENT (ear-nose-throat) specialist, preferably a Laryngologist (voice/throat specialist). Understanding the physiology of the vocal mechanism and its relationship to our whole body is critical. This presentation will provide an overview of how we produce sound, what can go wrong, and more importantly, how to prevent voice disorders.
Lisa M. Burrell
Current neuroscience research into musicians’ injury shows a correlation between methods of pedagogy and practice and long-term changes in the brain that affect musicians’ health. This research suggests that certain characteristics of learning, including rote repetition, limited variation and exploration, and narrowing of focus, make us more prone to injury than the purely mechanical aspects of our technique.
My work uses Feldenkrais-derived strategies to teach musicians and educators how to maximize learning while developing neurologically sustainable playing habits. These tools help students, teachers, and performers begin to modify learning methodology and practice “routines” to include experimentation, awareness, variation, and adaptability.
Injury is every actor’s nightmare. In a tough industry, it can put you out of work, limit what work you can do or how well you can do it. The Feldenkrais Method is not medical and it is not a magic fix-all, but those who embark on this journey of self-learning can discover strategies that go beyond prevention or recovery into realms of improvement and new skill. So, how can Feldenkrais help you avoid injury or recover from injury better? And can that make you an even better actor too?
Vigorous and Vibrant: A Whole Body Voice(c) Approach to Meet the Demands of the Rigorous Performer
Come explore fascinations and challenge assumptions about the “hows” of rigorous and exciting vocal practice: How does a vocal performer rise to the demand of a strenuous rehearsal and performance schedule, thus giving their highest quality performance for the complete duration of a rigorous production run? How can a whole body vocal practice promote skill, presence and fresh meaning each night, on stage? If we accept that high performance is a social act, then how is connecting with a desire to communicate invigorating for vocal practice?
Scott discusses his work as a professor at one of the top MFA actor training programs, embedding continuous thinking about awareness and integration into the tools used by high performing actors on stage, screen, and in new media. He’ll describe the exercise and techniques from his work developing Physical Actioning and how he uses those as a professor, professional director, and acting coach.
M.M., Dip.AMPS, GCFP
Everything You Do, Sounds: Honing the Physical to Enhance the Musical
Feldenkrais helps musical performers resolve injury, but its far greater value lies in its application to interpretation. Often what an interpreter imagines and what they produce do not correlate: bringing greater awareness to one’s physical state can resolve this disconnect. This workshop offers musicians quick, practical exercises to improve their physical relationship to their instrument, be it voice, fiddle, brass or keyboard, with special attention paid to the physical dimension of interpretive issues such as emotional expression, virtuosic touch and variety of tone.
Ph.D, Professor of Somatic Performance and Education
GCFP, Voice Teacher, Soprano, Actor, Herbalist, Wholistic Foodie
B.M. (Hons) RNCM, PGDip RCM, B.M. AHK, FPFP
Bonus day = Tribute day
How to Incorporate Art into Everyday Living
Performance artists understand that there’s more to the self than meets the eye. To an audience, they appear to effortlessly translate emotion into movement and movement into inspiration. But beyond the audience’s eyes is a foundation of hard and, at times, tireless work and dedication. Tapping into more is possible and it can be even more joyful and easier to grasp than you realize.
Learning how to experience movement as a joyful expression isn’t just for artists, it’s for everyone. This summit will give every attendee an insight into how to move with purpose, joy, and grace. It’s an opportunity to begin loving your body in ways you never dreamed possible and translating that newfound passion for movement into inspiration for daily living.
Don’t forget, there are also Awareness Through Movement® lessons each day that you can enjoy, too.
At the Feldenkrais Awareness Summits, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. All are welcome. We appreciate the experiences and wisdom of historically marginalized people, honoring all racial and ethnic identities, sexual orientations, gender identities, physical expressions, neuro-diversity, and capabilities. We want to know about the real, lived experience fostering a world where everyone can move better, feel better, and live better.