Bernard Teachings

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Ideokinesis: A Creative Approach to Human Movement and Body Alignment

by André Bernard with Wolfgang Steinmüller and Ursula Stricker
André Bernard (1924-2003) began teaching “creative body alignment” to New York acting students in the late 1950s. He accepted an adjunct faculty position with Tisch School of the Arts in 1965. Bernard’s teaching career at NYU provided a platform for influencing dance students from all over the world.   This book presents Bernard’s introduction to ideokinesis, a lengthy interview originally published in 1997 by Contact Quarterly, and two meticulously detailed transcripts from his workshops. The text is richly illustrated with drawings and photographs from his classes.

About the Authors
As a professional actor, André Bernard appeared in numerous New York City theater and dance performances. He offered his educational approach through New York University and in summer workshops in California, Germany, and Switzerland.  As dedicated students in Bernard’s workshops in Europe, Dr. Wolfgang Steinmüller and Ursula Stricker assisted with the development and publication of the text.

Details
ISBN (Softcover): 978-1-626549-44-9
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: 2006
Product Description: Softcover, 6 x 9
Language: English
Number of Pages: 224
Illustrations: 46 B/W photographs, 6 line drawings

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Beginning and Advanced Workshops on Constructive Rest

In the 1980’s, André Bernard composed and narrated audio tapes devoted to the practice of Constructive Rest for participants in his California workshops. The tapes were produced to encourage his students to continue their exploration of the imagery. Bernard’s original Constructive Rest narrations were donated to the Thinking Body Institute by Ruth Botchan, the sponsor of his workshops at Berkeley Moving Arts.

Beginning Constructive Rest
This audio session was designed for beginning students. Bernard began by providing a description of the Constructive Rest Position and introduced the “empty suit of clothes,” a collection of images originally developed by Dr. Lulu Sweigard.

Click the arrow in the player below to listen to a short sample of the audio.

 

Beginning Constructive Rest — Product Details
Publisher: Thinking Body Institute Media LLC
Publication Date: 2017
Product Description: Mp3 Audio, 38:39 Minutes
File size: 14 MB

Advanced Constructive Rest
This audio session was designed for advanced students who were familiar with his approach. Bernard’s narration focused on the empty suit of clothes collapsing with the hissing exhalation and other related imagery.

Click the arrow in the player below for a short sample of the audio.

 

Advanced Constructive Rest — Product Details
Publisher: Thinking Body Institute Media LLC
Publication Date: 2017
Product Description: Mp3 Audio, 41 Minutes
File size: 14.9 MB
Language: English

Bernard’s original Constructive Rest narrations were produced for cassette tapes. They were converted to MP3 files by the Thinking Body Institute in 2017, but improvements to the audio quality were not attempted.


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