Feldenkrais Guild UK — member profile




Jessica Beck

Feldenkrais Training: London 2015
Gong Bodywork, Tunstall Studios, 34-44 Tunstall Road, Brixton SW9 8DA
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Classes: Wednesday Evenings, 6.15pm - 7.15pm
Individual lessons: Gong Bodywork
I teach Awareness Through Movement classes, which are open to all. My current class is a mixture of clients from the Acupuncture and Shiatsu space and professional actors. Feldenkrais is beneficial to everyone, and everyone is welcome! No previous experience necessary.
I am a theatre-maker, lecturer, and somatic practitioner.
As a theatre director, my focus is mainly new writing and creating plays from scratch. Some of my directing credits include: The Exeter Blitz Project (Bike Shed Theatre); Alice's Adventures in the New World (Old Red Lion; UK tour); Up the Gary (Theatre503; Edinburgh: NYC; UK tour); and Terrorist! The Musical (Edinburgh). Served as an Associate of Theatre503 for seven years, and more recently, an Artistic Associate of the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.
I discovered Feldenkrais while working on my PhD "Directing Emotion: A Practice-led Investigation to the Challenge of Emotion in Performance", while training in the Alba Emoting Method. Alba is a somatic approach to trigger the physiological changes that occur during an emotion. It was while training in Alba that I discovered Feldenkrais, thanks to Feldenkrais practitioner Lavinia Plonka.
I currently teach Directing at Canterbury Christ Church University. Publications include:
"Alba Emoting and Emotional Melody: Surfing the Emotional Wave in Cachagua, Chile" in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (2010).
"Theatre, Performance and 'The Century of the Brain': Influences of Cognitive Neuroscience on Professional Theatre Practice" in Medicine, Health and the Arts: Approaches to the Medical Humanities, Routledge (2013).