Irene Tasker biography by Regina Stratil

Regina Stratil has published her long-awaited biography of the Alexander Technique teacher Irene Tasker (1887–1977).

Irene Tasker was a trusted assistant to F. M. Alexander for many years. She pioneered the Alexander Technique in education when she set up a school for children in 1924, in London, based on the principles of the Alexander Technique. She was also the first teacher to introduce the Technique in South Africa. Here she taught doctors, lawyers, educationalists and many children again and generated a movement which culminated in attempts to incorporate the Alexander Technique in South African schools. This is the first biography of Irene Tasker, it is based upon the research and study of primary sources and includes a collection of source material in the appendices. The book casts new light on the history of the Alexander Technique.

Irene Tasker – Her Life and Work with the Alexander Technique by Regina Stratil is available from the Mouritz shop.

The Unknown in Hands-on Work

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Sunday 26 April
The Unknown in Hands-on Work with Jean M. O. Fischer
Inhibition is the source of creativity and the unknown. The unknown can only happen if our habitual way of reacting does not get in the way. By inhibiting our habitual reaction we allow for the possibility of something new to arise. Sometimes hands-on work becomes formulaic and repetitive and we are not as open to perceiving ourselves and our pupils as we could be. This workshop will start with a short lying-down (but with a different thinking process than normal), followed by basic hands-on preparation in ourselves and in pairs, and then putting hands-on each other, but in a way which is exploring how to be more sensitive, perceptive and non-judgemental in our hands-on work.

Sunday 26 April: 11am – 1:15 pm with a break.
For teachers. Max. 8 participants. To secure a place please email Jean.
Fee: €30.00.

Location: Das Wiener Ausbildungszentrum für Alexander-Technik (WAAT).

Advertising and marketing

 

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Saturday 25 April
Advertising and marketing with Jean M. O. Fischer
As a teacher for some 30 years in Britain I have participated in different PR strategies over the years. In this talk and discussion I want to share the different PR strategies STAT pursued, the different strategies we tried with the Pimlico Centre for the Alexander Technique, and those which other teachers have shared with me. There are a range of options which have been tested and which are available to us. Of course advertising is going to differ from country to country, and I cannot say what will work best in Austria. (Regina’s and my experiences in Austria are limited.) However, I can talk about my experiences in Britain. We will then have a discussion about what could work for each teacher as individual circumstances and skills are a factor. All very informal.

This is a FREE workshop for students on training courses and teachers. Max. 9 participants. To secure a place please email Jean.

11 am – 1 pm with a short break.

Location: Das Wiener Ausbildungszentrum für Alexander-Technik (WAAT).

Alexander Technique Workshop Kunstuni Graz

                            

On Saturday 11 January 2019 we are offering an introductory workshop to the Alexander Technique for the Career Service Centre of the Kunstuni Graz, followed by the possibility for all participants to sign up for one individual half-hour Alexander lesson.

The Alexander Technique is ideal for performers and well-known for bringing about greater ease and more freedom in all movements, both in everyday movements such as sitting, standing and walking, and when performing more complex or demanding activities such as playing a musical instrument and performing in front of an audience. Many people applying the Alexander Technique also report psychological benefits over time, among them a reduction in stress. To stand or sit or move well while conserving energy and maintaining coordination is an essential skill for any performer. We will look at some basic movements, and teach participants about a different way of sitting which is better for their backs.

The Alexander Technique is usually taught in a series of individual lessons as they allow to give due attention to the individual situation, needs and habitual patterns of a student. All participants of the introductory workshop will have the possibility to sign up for one half hour introductory lesson with either Jean or Regina at the Alexander-Technik Studio Graz (Harrachgasse) which will allow them to have an experience of individual work.

This workshop will be held in English. For more information and booking please see the website of the Career Service Centre of the Kunstuni Graz.

Alexander Technique Introductory Workshops

Thursday, 12th March 2020, 7.00-8.30 pm or
Saturday, 6th June 2020, 10.30-12.00 noon

The Alexander Technique is about moving, sitting, standing more easily and freely in everyday life. Frequently we are using much more tension and effort than necessary in many day-to-day activities, and many people end up with aches and pain, for example back pain. The Alexander Technique is a very different approach, yet ultimately very simple. It is not a treatment, there are no exercises nor do you need any special equipment. We are retraining how we are using ourselves – our body and mind – in everyday activities. In this short workshop we will introduce some fundamental principles of the Technique via some practical demonstrations; we will look at some basic movements, and you will learn about a different way of sitting which is better for your back.

 

Who
Jean Fischer, assisted by Regina Stratil
Language: predominantly English

Fees and booking
Fee: €20 (per person and date)
Booking: jean@atstudio.at (Tel.: 0316/319468)
Max. 5 participants

 

When
Thursday, 12th March 2020, 7.00-8.30 pm or
Saturday, 6th June 2020, 10.30-12.00 noon
(same workshop on two different dates)

Where
Alexander-Technik Studio Graz
Harrachgasse 4/2 (1. OG rechts)
8010 Graz
Styria
Austria

Workshops in Maribor, Slovenia

Last Saturday we gave two Alexander Technique workshops to the Konservatorij za glasbo in balet Maribor – the Music and Ballet Conservatory in Maribor, Slovenia. About 30 students and teachers of the string department participated in these two theoretical and practical introductions to the Technique.

The Alexander Technique is an invaluable tool for learning to play with greater ease and prevent problems that often arise due to unnecessary strain and unhealthy movement patterns. It is adaptable to any musical activity because it teaches what to prevent, what ‘not’ to do. It is well known among musicians in several countries where it is part of the curriculum in music schools and music colleges.

Teacher Training Course in Graz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Technique Studio (Graz) is planning to start a three-year teacher training course in April 2020. The course provides all the training required to be come a fully qualified Alexander Technique teacher, with certification recognised by the the Austrian Society of the Alexander Technique (Gesellschaft für FM Alexander-Technik Österreich). The training provides over 1,600 hours, with a minimum 1:4 teacher:student ratio, running Mondays to Thursdays.

The emphasis throughout the course is on learning the means-whereby for exploring your own use. The purpose is to develop sensory appreciation through inhibition and direction and to apply this process to hands-on work.

The Director of Training is Jean M. O. Fischer (teaching since 1987), assisted by Regina Stratil (teaching since 2014).

Details about the training course – our approach, the structure, term dates, how to apply – can be found on Teacher Training > Overview.

Jean Fischer in Vienna

 

The Wiener Ausbildungszentrum für Alexander-Technik (WAAT) has invited Jean Fischer to teach at the teachers training course in Vienna approximately once month. Jean will also have some slots for private lessons available, if you are interested, please contact Jean directly.

The next dates are:

  • Monday 23rd September 2019
  • Wednesday 23rd October 2019
  • Tuesday 19th November 2019