“The Transformatory Power of the Pelvis”
Feldenkrais for Actors
With Victoria Worsley
No one walks the same. We all know that. We recognise out friends from far away by the distinctive pattern of their walk. In fact we don’t do anything the same. It’s the very stuff of acting: how does this character behave in, respond to and move through their life?
A major player in everything we do is the pelvis. It is the engine for movement with the biggest muscles in the body driving it, has a central role in sexuality and is a crucial player in both stabilisation and powerful action. The pelvis is a bit like a basin balancing on the ball-like ends of two sticks. The base of our sinuous spine forms its centre piece, and its range of gyratory movement offers enormous possibility for nuanced variation. Exactly how we habitually move the pelvis (or don’t!) is fundamental to who and how we are, so becoming aware of our own patterns and discovering the ability to change and play with those patterns can indeed be transformatory.
We will use some deep, slow, detailed lessons from the Feldenkrais Method to begin to feel and open up possibilities and play some little games to see what that does and what new characters and responses we can find as a result.
Please provide your own yoga/exercise mat for extra comfort with floor work.
Victoria Worsley was an actor, movement director and theatre maker for 20 years. She has worked with the Feldenkrais Method for over 30 years, qualifying as a Professional Practitioner in 2007. She taught Feldenkrais in drama schools for 9 years, teaches performers at The Actors Centre, Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House and has a private practice which is attended by people from all walks of life – including professional actors, dancers, singers and musicians. Her book ‘Feldenkrais for Actors, How to Do Less And Discover More’ was published by Nick Hern Books, Nov 2016. See www.feldenkraisworks.co.uk for more info.
Early bird booking fee if booked and paid for by 19th April 2019 £45. From 20th April 2019: £55. Students & Spotlight members will receive a 10% discount with proof of ID/Spotlight link. MoCap Troupe members will receive a 15% discount.
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If you would like a signed copy of Victoria’s book ‘Feldenkrais for Actors’ please do let me know. Workshop attendees can purchase via cash on the evening of the workshop for £11 (RRP £12.99).