COMPANION

Cross-cultural

Teaching the Alexander Technique in other cultures

  • ‘Sticking to principle - Teaching Alexander in Ecuador’ by Glenna Batson; on teaching a group of artists in 1993 and 1994 in Ecuador and how a different culture challenged the author’s teaching to a new approach.[1]
  • ‘Crossing hemispheres’ by Robin Gilmore contain reflections on teaching at the Kyoto Alexander Program, on language and culture differences which support or hinder the teaching of the Technique.[2]
  • ‘An Alexander way of life’ by Tommy Thompson; on discovering the need to communicate the Technique differently in different cultures allows for discovering the essentials of the Technique which are beyond culture.[3]
  • ‘Zweimal Frühstuck Bitte’ by Rosa Luisa Rossi, Cathy Madden is a transcript of a conversation, comparing Alexander Technique language issues working in Europe, USA and Japan.[4]
  • ‘An Alexander teacher’s reflections on Russia’ by Lisa First on teaching the Alexander Technique in Russia.[5]
  • ‘The Technique as personal cultivation: A Japanese perspective’ by Fumie Hosoi considers psycho-physical unity from a Japanese perspective, especially the ‘oneness of body-mind’ used in Zen Buddhism and traditional Japanese arts, and hence seeing the Technique as personal cultivation.[6]

Racism

  • ‘Black and white’ by Riki Alexander; on racism, in the wake of a debate at NASTAT which adopted a resolution deploring all forms of racism, with reference to Alexander’s racist passages in MSI.[7]

See also Equality and Diversity, Languages, Gender issues, Criticisms of F. M. Alexander.

References

[1] ‘Sticking to principle - Teaching Alexander in Ecuador’ by Glenna Batson in Direction vol. 2, no. 8 edited by Jeremy Chance (Fyncot Pty Ltd., 2000), pp. 8–11.
[2] ‘Crossing hemispheres’ by Robin Gilmore in Direction vol. 2, no. 8 edited by Jeremy Chance (Fyncot Pty Ltd., 2000), pp. 19–21.
[3] ‘An Alexander way of life’ by Tommy Thompson in Direction vol. 2, no. 8 edited by Jeremy Chance (Fyncot Pty Ltd., 2000), pp. 25–27.
[4] ‘Zweimal Frühstuck Bitte’ by Rosa Luisa Rossi, Cathy Madden in Direction vol. 2, no. 8 edited by Jeremy Chance (Fyncot Pty Ltd., 2000), pp. 28–30.
[5] ‘An Alexander teacher’s reflections on Russia’ by Lisa First in AmSAT News issue no. 66 (Winter 2004), pp. 12, 14–15.
[6] ‘The Technique as personal cultivation: A Japanese perspective’ by Fumie Hosoi in Connected Perspectives edited by Claire Rennie, Tanya Shoop, Kamal Thapen (HITE, 2015), pp. 107–21.
[7] ‘Black and white’ by Riki Alexander in Direction vol. 2, no. 8 edited by Jeremy Chance (Fyncot Pty Ltd., 2000), pp. 5–7.
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