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27 Nov 2021: Alexander Farkas - 'Approaching the Essence' £65.00

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This afternoon workshop will run from 1:30pm UK time to 4:30pm with Alex Farkas and your hosts, the directors from Hite. Coming from New York, Alex will be sharing his 21 years of international teaching experience in our Harley Street venue.

A question often asked, and one which we find difficulty answering is: "What is the Essence of the Alexander Technique?"

Recent periods of lockdown have curtailed our opportunities. We have been unable to take a lesson or to exchange work with colleagues.

We have however had the opportunity to work on ourselves and make further discoveries in our practice. Have we, during this time, used this opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the nature of the Alexander Technique and if so in what ways?
Have we been able to lessen our urge to end-gain and thus permit a deeper level to reveal itself?
These are the questions that we need to address so that we may come closer to a better use of our hands and gain a clearer vision of the psycho-physical connection.

The word 'approaching' implies that we are moving in a direction. It is one that opens an endless chain of discoveries, of many small steps that carry us further in our understanding and experience.

In Harley Street we will explore approaching that essence.

During the workshop participants may elect to recite, sing, demonstrate movement sequences or perform music on any (portable) instrument.



About Alex Farkas

Music, for Alex, has always been a driving passion. Childhood was spent dancing and playing the piano. At the Manhattan School of Music he was awarded a degree in piano studies.

In his late 20’s he took ballet classes with Alfredo Corvino who taught ease, line and fluidity - and always to listen to the music. He discovered Kodály music education, went on to study in Hungary and armed with this new knowledge he was offered a position at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut where he taught solfege and ear-training for 27 years.

A gift of an Alexander lesson with Judith Stransky changed the course of his life. Soon afterward Patrick Macdonald visited New York where Alex was a stand-in ‘body’ for a teacher having a lesson with Macdonald.

‘After I was taken to the chair with Macdonald looking on and saying, "I didn’t much care for that'’, he put the teacher’s hands back on me and then placed his hands over hers and I felt myself inexplicably lifted from the chair. My immediate thought was: This is what I’ve been looking for only I didn’t know I was looking for it.’

Teacher training began in 1991 with Shoshana Kaminitz and family circumstances stretched his training until 1998. Further lessons followed with Margaret Goldie, Marjorie Barlow and Elisabeth Walker.

Since then Alex has taught both music and the Alexander Technique throughout Europe and in the north eastern United States.

All participants will receive a record of attendance after the event.

Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and note that no refunds will be possible after 13th November 2021.

HITE Ltd, 10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF.
T: 020 7467 8461. E: info@hiteltd.co.uk 
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