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“Klein Technique is a system that allows movers of all kinds and levels to achieve more fluidity and ease of movement. The depth to which an individual explores the work in class can be as simple as learning to stretch safely and releasing unnecessary tension but also as complex as expanding one’s range of motion, increase technical facility, and help to learn from and heal an injury. The work deepens body awareness, and in turn increases creativity and expression.” – Barbara Mahler
Klein Technique works at the level of the bone, the densest and deepest structure in the body, the structure that conducts the most energy. We use its clarity, its properties to work on the fundamental connections for movement, grounding, presence and we utilize its architecture with imagery, direction and energy. Engaging on this level allows us to drop in under the layers of muscle which holds us in set postural configurations. The work we do in class focuses on deep connections of support and movement: Freeing the legs and spine, connecting the pelvis to the legs, the upper body to the lower and the skull to the feet. We focus on grounded-ness by first standing the pelvis on top of the legs which helps us to be upright, aligned to the forces of gravity. Building on this principle, we explore the deep muscles of postural support – the hamstrings (sit bones to the heels), the external rotators, the psoas and the tail to pubic bone/tail to heels.
The day will be divided into two parts, in each part we will be delving into the movement and theory in various ways, also spending time working on the application of the principles of Klein/Mahler to Movement/Dancing. We welcome everyone to learn at their own pace.
is a long-standing and active member of the New York City dance community as a choreographer, performer, a movement educator and body worker. Teaching for above 30 years, she is a major contributor in the development and outreach of Klein Technique™, associate Director of the Susan Klein School of Dance from 1983 to 2004, having begun her studies in 1978. Mahler has been a 2001 and 2006 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.
She travels worldwide in various contexts, as part of ongoing education programmes and festivals, as well as open workshops. As a choreographer, she works with subtle and intricate movement, time and architecture. Her choreography is consistent with her teaching vision and work.