Day 3 – Supporting Creativity
“We act in accordance with our self image.” Moshe Feldenkrais’ words resonate for every body, but even more so for those of us who rely on our creativity and expressive abilities to make our living.
Performing artists rely heavily on their experiences of life to feed their artistic expression. Their embodied expression can only be as nuanced and varied as their self-image is nuanced and varied, backed up with their physical skills.
Performing artists train extensively to build the skills required to succeed in their chosen field. Practicing the Feldenkrais Method can become an incredibly powerful adjunct to other training methodologies because it can support artists on so many different levels. Not only does it provide a process by which to build physical skills and body awareness, it also supports their mental wellbeing by teaching them how to value their own experiences and not rely so heavily on external validation.
I reflect on the many similarities in my work with the two very different cohorts of students that I specialise in working with- children living with a disability and performing artists. All of my students learn how to reach, roll, breathe, transition to sitting, to crawling, to kneeling, and walking with greater ease and skill within their own expanding capabilities and potential. Both groups engage with these movements within a sensory driven learning environment based on play, exploration, experimentation and self directed problem solving. Although the learning outcomes are embodied very differently with each student cohort, the principals behind the processes by which they learn and the movement vocabulary that they are learning are exactly the same. To me, this is the unique brilliance of the Feldenkrais Method and what makes it such a powerful learning tool for any application.
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