The workshop will be directed by Selma Gökçen between 25th-30th of September, 2017.
As a cellist I have played for over thirty years and love music more than almost anything I can think of, except for roses and the sunshine, and swimming in the deep blue sea. Coming across the Alexander Technique some thirty years ago, I fell in love for a second time. I knew I had stumbled onto one of the great discoveries of humankind and music had to move over to make space.
Why is the Alexander Technique so rewarding to explore? Because it is about us…about our habits, our reactions, about how, from one moment to the next, we think and move in the way that we do. As musicians, we express ourselves through our instrument, and as players we hold it close to ourselves. It becomes, in time, a part of us and we enter into a relationship with it. The Alexander Technique is a framework within which to look at that relationship, its quirks, its habits, its good and not-so-good aspects. How many of us can say that we are in harmony with our instruments, that we can allow the music to be spoken fully in the moment? That we enjoy playing and do so with ease.
M. Alexander, a Shakespearean reciter and actor, spent the better part of nine years observing himself, formulating and refining his Technique, which he referred to as the “use of the self”. He was led to his discoveries by the loss of his stage voice, caused by his poor habits of reciting and moving. He eventually recovered and established a discipline which has helped thousands of musicians, actors, dancers and others on their path to self-knowledge.
What are the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique? That the relationship between the head, neck and spine must be allowed to function freely without interference. This freedom can, in most cases, be recovered through conscious application and study of the principles of the Technique.
Just as we work on our intonation continuously at the cello, the Alexander Technique re-educates our sensory awareness and our inner “pitch”. We become re-tuned through lessons, more sensitive to how we move and how our attention is directed. It is a rediscovery of what Nature intended for us, on a conscious level.
The workshop will begin on the 25th of September in the morning. The participants are kindly asked to arrive in Ayvalik one day before, i.e. 24th of September. The night of the 24th of June is included to the fee. The workshop will end on the 30th of September. Participants should send the complete documents required until 20th of September, 2017.
Participants should pay the 100 Euros registration fee to the bank account mentioned until 14th of June, 2017. The remaining 300 Euros application fee should be paid to the bank account mentioned until 22nd of September, 2017. This fee includes accommodation and breakfast. It is also possible to attend masterclass studies as “daily listener” for 50 TL/day fee.
Masterclass fee (total): 400 Euros
Registration fee (100.- Euros) should be paid before 14th of September, 2017 as “donation” to the bank account Vakıfbank-Ayvalik Branch, Ayvalık-Turkey, Euro account IBAN number: TR360001500158048014310206. The name of the participant should be mentioned on the bank order. A copy of the bank order should be sent to the fax number +90 266 312 67 04. Participation fee (300.- Euros) should be paid before 22nd of September, 2017 as “donation” to the bank account VakıfBank-Ayvalık Branch, Ayvalık-Turkey, Euro account IBAN number: TR360001500158048014310206. The name of the participant should be mentioned on the bank order. A copy of the bank order should be sent to the fax number +90 266 312 67 04.
Registration fee (100 Euros) will not be reimbursed apart from “Acts of God”. Masterclass fee (300 Euros) will not be reimbursed for cancellations made after 22nd of September, 2017.