"The Feldenkrais Approach to Performance” with Deborah Bowes

Moving through Neutrality Discovering a place of balance and calm where our body and mind are receptive and ready to engage with the world sometime in our lives.

Breathing and feeling yourself Refining your sensing and moving for enhanced presence.

Space and Spaciousness Exploring both our inner space and our relationship to the space all around us.

This Feldenkrais Method workshop is an exploration of your habits of moving and sensing yourself in order to expand your choices. There is a difference between an exploratory movement and a performative movement. You can take the learning from exploring movement into more skillful performance when you need it. The learning process used in Feldenkrais lessons are without fixed goals and they can help to reduce anxiety and to prevent or hasten recover from injuries. You can gain confidence in your ability to generate new options for action.

Each person will get something different from the lessons and have the freedom to learn in their own time, in their own way, without competition or judgment. The mind-body responses can include a sense of more length, width, better breathing, clearer orientation in the environment, and feeling more connected to one's being. The ability to sense oneself in the moment, especially a moment like an audition, or a performance …for example, being able to connect to weight or support, breath, find the right timing, use appropriate effort, and, to know where one is in space... that's the magic for performing well.

This workshop will be especially beneficial to people working in the creative arts field such as performers, directors, writers, producers as well as teachers.

However the workshop is OPEN TO ANYONE, at any level of fitness, as all of us sometimes in our lives have to present ourselves in front of others whether in a formal setting like an interview or in a social situation such as meeting someone for the first time.

--- Deborah Bowes loves learning and movement. She has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method for over 30 years in the USA, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Colombia. She lives in San Francisco, California and has a private practice working with performers, musicians, singers and the general public. She has a special interest in managing pain, women’s health and mindful well-being. She also is a certified Yang Style Tai Chi teacher , and continues to study Qigong, meditation, yoga and dance forms. She also has a doctorate in physical therapy.

--- Workshop schedule 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29.8 (Sat & Sun) Sat 11-1pm; Sun 11-1:30pm (Sun 1-1:30pm Q&A Session with Deborah) Format: Online/ Attend at TDP studio Fee:HK$1,500 (No student concession) Participants should attend all the sessions Conducted in English without translations Enrollment︰forms.gle/VxLmh5No2vD7uWoE8


Online Our online workshops are delivered using "Zoom". An email with the Zoom link is sent before the classes.

Attend at TDP studio If you would like to attend this workshop by coming to Theatre du Pif's studio Sheung Wan, you can register 'Attend at TDP studio'. The class will be screened on a TV and a camera will be in the room so Deborah can see the students. In addition (but not compulsory), you can also have your own smartphone device connected (with your own network) and your camera focused on your mat so you can be seen more clearly. --- SEED 2020 is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region The content of these activities does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region