Somatic ethnographic research: A choreographic process informed by Alexander Technique

Suzanne Liska
  • Choreographic Practices, July 2020, Intellect
  • DOI: 10.1386/chor_00013_1

A choreographic process informed by Alexander Technique

Photo by Levi Guzman on Unsplash

Photo by Levi Guzman on Unsplash

What is it about?

I choreographed, danced, interviewed and performed with emerging to established dance artists specializing in Contact Improvisation, and interviewed and participated in lessons and workshops with Alexander Technique teachers. During each phase of the research, I asked: why and how does AT guide me to embody my practice as a choreographer and dancer?

Why is it important?

This research outlines an Alexander Technique-inspired dance process to enhance physical, mental and emotional coordination for choreographers and dancers. I propose that Alexander Technique expanded my attention moment-to-moment to develop my choreographic intentions and desires.

Perspectives

Suzanne Liska
York University

I write from the perspective of a dance artist interested in reflecting on and sharing my experiences of applying the Alexander Technique to a choreographic process. My research was informed by my experience as a dancer, teacher and choreographer with somatics and specifically Contact Improvisation (CI) since 1998, and as a student and teacher of AT since 2006.

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