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It is like having a massage therapist while you play.

It is like having a massage therapist while you play.

To conclude the first year of Alexander Technique, my teacher, Jennifer, hosted a Music in the Raw non-performance performance.  These may become ideas if you decide to have an unconventional non-performance.

Top Five Things That Make This Non-performance Different Than a Performance

1.  You are free to walk around, talk, lie down, eat snacks, and not perform.

One person decided to not perform his cello but shared a relaxation meditation practice session with everyone.  One person sang while in constructive rest.  Another person brought party hats and party favors for people to wear and blow on while he played viola sitting on a yoga ball.

One thing I noticed was that the most introverted members of the group seemed to blow their party favors the most.

2. You can get Alexander Technique hands-on as an audience member or performer.

I had the luxury of receiving hands-on from three different Alexander Technique teachers.  One teacher adjusted me the whole time that I was performing, which was great.  This actually helped me openly express the music more in my body and touch.

3. I talked and connected with every person who performed either before or after event.

This tends to be impossible in certain performances because there are so many people.  Some of the people who performed attended one of the top music conservatories in the country and appeared extremely focused upon first impression.  It was cool to talk with them afterwards and realize that they were very approachable and encouraging.

I think I connected in ways I normally wouldn’t.  Foremost, I owned my musical story.

4. People talked about what they were planning on doing before “performing.”

This comes back to connecting with your audience.  People seemed a lot more approachable because talking often opens up a vulnerable side not reflected in an immaculately played passage.  While this happens at a lot of formal recitals as well (John Adams did this before the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert at the beginning of this year), it doesn’t always happen a lot.

5. You can switch the way you sit during the performance.

This rarely happens during a real performance, but people actually moved chairs and formed a circle of chairs after a few performers.  This made the setting more intimate.  At first, I felt the environment was a bit isolationist, but my perception improved due to this switch.

Christian Application 

In worship music, we often talk about how performing is not really a part of worship because the main point of playing music is to glorify God and express joy/freedom in the dying work He performed on the cross.  While this event was not a religious event, I feel that the same spirit is here.  Because of God’s saving work, we no longer submit to man’s standards of performance, which often causes us to not enjoy our performance.  As one of my Alexander Technique class colleague points out, because of his work, we are “set free.” Hence, the Art of Freedom.

John 8:36: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”-He did this with His work on the cross.

Always bask in that joy. Here is a great article that emphasizes this joy from RCNet.

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