— Sir Lenny Henry
“Alexander technique really helped my posture and focus during my stint as Othello with Northern Broadsides theatre company. Imagine how excited I was when arrived at the National theatre for Comedy of Errors and found I could have Alexander taught to me once a week, I was chuffed to little meatballs.”
Reduce muscle strain & tension
Perform with presence and confidence
Increase freedom, agility & sensitivity
Whatever your instrument, unnecessary muscular tension can get in the way of freedom of expression, agile articulation & flexibility of timbre.
Eventually, tension can also lead to strain and discomfort. In a recent study of orchestral musicians, over 2/3rds of respondents reported chronic pain associated with playing.
AT can help to prevent & recover from chronic pain,
Reduce performance anxiety
Become a blank slate on which to draw a character
Return to your self after performances
By becoming aware of habits of posture, movement, vocalisation, even of thinking, you can learn to let go of your own habits, to create a blank slate to enable your audiences to experience you the character rather than you the actor.
Learning AT can help you to create character by observing & exploring other people's habitual patterns of mind & body. When you want to return to yourself after a show, it gives a simple way to quickly rediscover your own balanced centre again and leave the character you created behind.
Reduce tension & pain
Improve ease & balance
AT can help you to increase your efficiency & use less effort while dancing, saving energy & reducing the strain on your body.
You will learn how to optimise the relationship between your head, neck & back, & your limbs in relation to your core. This increases ease & fluidity of movement & improves balance. The practice of the technique encourages you to pay conscious attention to the quality of all your movements, in the street as well as in the studio.
Alexander Technique for Performing Artists at Northwood Alexander Studio
I have extensive experience of applying AT to performing arts. I began studying the technique as a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1997. In 2001-2, I trained in AT for Voice & Performance at the School for FM Alexander Studies in Melbourne, Australia.
Back in London, I then studied Contemporary Dance at The Place, Opera Performance at English National Opera Baylis, orchestral & choral conducting with Sound Connexions & the Association of British Choral Directors, and was a founder member of Experience VocalDance Theatre.
I hold an LRSM in Singing Performance with Chamber Music. I continue to work as a singer and composer, alongside teaching singing & AT.
Northwood Alexander Studio is a short drive from Elstree, Pinewood, West London, Ealing & Leavesden studios.