In Tune, In Tone, In Time An Introduction In The Alexander Technique For Musicians And Other Performing Artists October 29th and 30th, 2016 Porto, Portugal
Founding Director of The Alexander Alliance International
For a hundred years now performing artists have been studying the Alexander Technique to learn about attuning themselves, as people, and as artists. Miquel Angel Bernat, a marimba professor, has invited me to Porto to introduce Alexander’s work to his students. Because the Alexander Technique is so useful to dancers, actors, and singers as well, we have decided to open the workshop to anyone who is a performing artist, amateur or professional.
We cannot dance, sing, act or play our music without our bodies. Either our body is our instrument, or our instrument is an extension of our body. In both cases, how we use our bodies while performing profoundly influences the quality of our performance.
The difference between playing our instrument when they are in tune, and when they aren’t, is enormous.
The difference between acting, singing, dancing or playing our music when our bodies are finely tuned, and when they aren’t, is equally enormous.
Musical tone and muscular tone are strikingly interconnected. A tight body tends to produce a tight sound. A flaccid body tends to produce a flaccid sound.
To act, dance, sing, or play it helps when we are fully embodied. We want what is in our minds and our hearts to flow immediately through our bodies, through our hands, and through our voice, without obstruction.
Please join me for a day of insight and enjoyment. Bring your instruments!
For details and to register contact Miquel Angel Bernat Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Bruce Fertman
Bruce Fertman’s joy and passion for the work, his keen intellect, his amazing ability to help the artist open completely to his or her imagination and creativity must be seen – no it must be experienced. Bruce is quietly astounding.
– J. Maddux, Alexander Teacher / Voice Teacher, New York and California, USA
With over 50 years experience as a movement artist and educator, Bruce Fertman brings a lifetime of training to his work as an Alexander teacher.
Bruce has worked with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Radio France, The National Symphony in Washington DC, the Honolulu Symphony, for Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, a traditional Korean music ensemble in Seoul, Korea, and for the Curtis Institute of Music. He taught for the Five College Dance Program in Amherst, Massachusetts for 13 years, and for the Tango community in Buenos Aires. For 6 years, Bruce taught movement for actors at Temple and Rutgers University.
Bruce’s training encompasses disciplined study in Gymnastics, Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, Alexander Technique, Tai Chi Chu’an, Aikido, Chanoyu, Argentine Tango, and Kyudo.
In 1982, Bruce co-founded the Alexander Alliance International, an intergenerational, multicultural community/school devoted to the training of Alexander Technique.
Author of Where This Path Begins, Renderings of the Tao Te Ching, Bruce is currently at work on his second book entitled, Touching The Intangible.