TOM KOCH (NLD) — Alexander technique

Nov. 19 to 23, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$75 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $110, non-eligible rate)
$17 drop-ins Mon.-Tue. only (unless full)
Open to artists of all disciplines / In english
Capacity: 25 people, priority for full week attendance

Getting a grip on letting go: a technique to solve the paradox of working on yourself

Over 100 years ago the Australian actor F.M. Alexander developed a systematic way of working on himself to cure his vocal problems and improve his overall performance. Since then, the Alexander Technique has spread around the world and is now seen as indispensable training for actors, musicians, dancers, indeed for anyone facing physical challenges of any kind, whether in performance or in daily life. In this workshop we will explore the concepts and principles of the Alexander Technique as tools for working on yourself in order to recognise and change unwanted habits, to think more clearly, to resolve problems with yourself more rationally, to move more easily, and to breathe more freely. It all comes down to the interplay between tension, attention, and intention. Come prepared to move, to sit, to recline, to question, to notice, and above all, to think.

Tom Koch has been an actor, singer and dancer and, after being certified to teach in 1987 by the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York, was a pioneer in integrating the Alexander Technique with dance movement and education. He was for years the Alexander Technique teacher for William Forsythe’s groundbreaking Ballet Frankfurt (later the Forsythe Company). He also taught group and private lessons in the Technique to members of Nederlands Dans Theater, the Dutch National Ballet, Charleroi Danses, anoukvandijk dc, Tanztheater Wuppertal (Pina Bausch) and many others. For nine years he has collaborated with his former student Anouk van Dijk to teach the annual One Body One Career Intensive for dancers, first in Amsterdam and now in Melbourne. His work is not limited to dance but includes a wide range of artists, such as (in dance) Michael Schumacher, Dana Caspersen, William Forsythe, Amanda Miller, Anouk van Dijk, Paul Lightfoot, Emily Molnar, Katie Duck, Francesca Harper, Glenn Edgerton; (in music) Thom Willems, Han Bennink, Anne La Berge, Tony Overwater, Frederik Boits, Hans-Peter Blochwitz; (in theater) Teun Luijx, Michael Quast, Vivienne Ypma. He also has taught the Technique to doctors, writers, scientists, secretaries, architects and police agents.

All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person ($1 to $2 fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

*Emploi-Québec –  With the support of Emploi-Québec. In order to get this rate, participants must be Canadian citizens or permanent resident and live in Québec. Full-time students and social assistance beneficiaries are not eligible to this rate. In case of inadmissibility, you can refer to the non-eligible rate, contact us for questions.

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