Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 39, Section 1

Movement, Awareness, and Learning (2 units, LG)

Professor Marianne Constable
Tuesday 12:00-2:00, 2401 Bancroft, large studio, Class number: 46139

How do we learn? How do we learn to learn? What do feeling, sensing, thinking, and doing have to do with learning? What does movement have to do with all of these? (How) can one become more aware of oneself in movement? This weekly seminar will have two parts: during the first 50 minutes or so, you will do a Feldenkrais Method (R) Awareness-through-Movement lesson (ATM); then, after a short break, we will discuss the lesson and/or short readings and videos tailored to your interests. Students will be asked to reflect on their own experiences with the lessons and to relate such experiences to the concerns and interests in education and/or performance that they bring to the class. Attention will be paid to oneself in place/space; breath; ease, timing, and range of movement; use of the self and self-image; voice; repetition and rest. Additional themes may include habit, intention, and strain; the “mind-body problem”; perception and observation; and so forth.

Instructor Bio

In addition to being a professor of Rhetoric at UCB, Marianne Constable is a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method (R).
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The seminar is open to open-minded students interested in exploring awareness, movement, and learning. No prior experience in movement classes or performance studies is needed.