Body Mapping Workshop Offered at Willamette

Consider the wear and tear on muscles used to repeat the same series of motions hundreds of times in one practice session. Athletes often play in pain. So do musicians.

"What Every Performing Artist Needs to Know About the Body" is a five-day intensive workshop in Alexander Technique and Body Mapping with Barbara Conable, Aug. 1-5 in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University, Salem.

The Alexander Technique and Body Mapping are used to improve ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination and, according to Conable, is a valuable tool for musicians, actors and dancers. The workshop will also include time for participants to work individually with the instructor.

Conable is a teaching member of the North American Society of the Teachers of the Alexander Technique and of Alexander Technique International. She has taught the theatre movement class at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for a number of years and has traveled extensively with lectures and workshops across the United States, Europe and Japan. Her publication, "How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students" is in its 13th printing.

Registration and room check-in will be from 4 to7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31. The course begins Thursday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. Daily sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday. The course will conclude Monday, Aug. 5, at 4:30 p.m.

Tuition for this five-day workshop is $450. Rooms at Willamette University are available for an additional $200 for single occupancy. College credit is available through the University's School of Education for an additional fee.

The workshop is sponsored by the University's departments of music and theatre. For more information, call Kurt-Alexander Zeller Monday through Wednesday at 503-375-5434.