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*New Beginnings - Beginning again: the Feldenkrais Method in Creative
Practice*

*Conveners: Marcia Carr and Prof. Robert Sholl*


This conference to be held at the University of West London on 11 March
2017 invites creative work in music, dance and dramas around the theme of
beginning. As a Somatic Method that is intellectually malleable, how does
the Method provide a means and an educational impetus to find new,
alternative and engaging beginnings for research, teaching and practice?
How can the Method be employed as an interdisciplinary hinge to illuminate
other fields through a creative application of its own strategies? Where
therefore are the starting points for both simple and more complex
activities, and what do these signify or allow? We welcome papers,
workshops, demonstrations, and lessons that excavate the potential
axiomatic to the Feldenkrais Method.


Our keynote speaker will be pianist and practitioner Alan Fraser
(Canada/University of Novi Sad, Serbia) who has published several books
applying the Feldenkrais Method to piano technique. He works with pianists
and other musicians - both those who are healthy and those suffering from
focal dystonia, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other pain issues.
Alan studied piano with Phil Cohen in Montreal and Kemal Gekic in Novi Sad,
Serbia, and graduated from the Hawaii Feldenkrais training program in 1992.
His research shows that improved physical organization can enhance every
aspect of musical performance, from sonority, agility, phrase shaping and
emotional expression to the quick resolution of most pain problems. Alan
will discuss how a proper understanding of function can aid practical
improvements in many aspects of performance.


Please submit an abstract of 200 words in a word document to robert.sholl
-at- uwl.ac.uk, with your affiliation and a short biography by January 31.

The cost of the conference (including lunch) will be £45/£20 for students

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