The Feldenkrais Method® and a theater of enaction

Kampe, T (2021) 'The Feldenkrais Method® and a theater of enaction.' In: Elgelid, S and Kresge, C, eds. The Feldenkrais Method®: learning through movement and the brain. Handspring, Fountainhall. ISBN 9781912085699

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This chapter discusses the application of the Feldenkrais Method as an enactivist, transformative process within theatre-training and performance-making contexts. It takes into account contemporary reflections on somatic-informed performance practices and developments in the field of theatre and cognition, and gives insight into an emerging working practice with professional and student actors. There has been an increase in literature on the Feldenkrais Method as a resource for actors’ training and practice, highlighting issues concerning performer-agency, skills acquisition and holistic communication. This is part of a trend in western actor training that embraces 20th century somatic practices as a resource for a holistic education. Such a trend recognizes movement as a fundamental agency-constituting experience, and parallels scholarly developments in actor training and theatre reception that draws on studies in cognitive sciences concerned with notions of autonomy, embodiment, kinesthetic empathy, imagination, and affect (Blair & Cook 2016).

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Feldenkrais Method, somatic practices, theatre training, embodiment, enactivism
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Corporealities Research Group
Date Deposited: 07 May 2020 17:32
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 15:32
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