‘Tail-Navel” – “Ready-steady-go” 2017-10-17T08:07:37+00:00

‘Tail-Navel” – “Ready-steady-go”



Open to AT teachers only.This practical workshop is targeted mainly for AT teachers, who are just starting their career and have the opportunity to work with performing artists (actors, musicians, dancers). The maximum group size is 12 persons.In my daily work with performers at the theatre school and music academy I see more and more students with a poor use of the self and who have difficulties coping with the more challenging basic exercises (movement, singing, diction). Over the years I have gathered practical material in my work with physiotherapists and colleagues – but most importantly, with the students, and I have developed a particular way to approach the difficulties the students have using conscious inhibition and directions. I call it “tail-navel” – working with the centre; “ready – steady – go!”  –  the transition from being in a neutral axis to an active readiness without losing the back and the “Whispering ‘ah’” – a gradual integrating of the whole self to release the voice. This is the work I would like to share.What are these procedures for: monkey position, lunge, squat, hands on the back of the chair, whispering ‘ah’? Is their purpose to find out an obstacle in the use of the self – a habit that would get in the way of functioning as a whole when expressing myself?You can only change a habit that you have discovered, only then there is a choice.
Having a choice means you don’t only have the tools but are decisive and motivated.
F.M. was extremely motivated to find this obstacle, he wanted to be back on stage to express himself….“There is no such thing as a right position, but there is such a thing as a right direction.” … What is the right direction? Is the Primary Control like Konstantin Stanislavski’s Super Objective?A state of readiness is achieved when the tone of intrinsic muscles is at an optimum and when the best synergy exists between muscle groups. This allows the fine motor coordination to be at its best and a meaningful movement happens.
Without losing the entirety, the psycho-physical wholeness carries out a set task.How can we discover an obstacle?
By consciously inhibiting the reaction to the set task, the stimulus, and staying in the moment inhibition to become aware of what is triggered.How to overcome an obstacle?
By using the primary direction, activating/merging the opposing directions unites the entirety into obstacle-free readiness.www.atcongress2018.com/workshops