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Keynote Presentations and Plenary Sessions

Keynotes & Plenary Sessions

Special presentations by renowned speakers from outside and inside of our AT community.

 

These are special presentations given by outstanding experts who will inspire us, educate and stimulate our curiosity.

Followed by Q&As and panel discussions and definitely not to be missed events.

The presentations are open to all and will be held in the beautiful setting of the TU’s auditorium. 

Keynotes & Plenary Sessions

This is the list of all our confirmed keynote presentations and plenary sessions.
The list is sorted by start date and time.

Opening Night

Lee Warren

Lee Warren
London, United Kingdom

Opening Night

Join Lee Warren, Andreas, Rossella and the Congress Team to experience a great start to this Congress! The motto of the entire Berlin Congress is to put the focus on each teacher, on our collective wisdom, and on the diversity and uniqueness of our work. Everyone is welcome. So in the Opening Night, too, we invite you to contribute to a great atmosphere and a marvellous attitude towards a week of wonders! Lee Warren will guide us in creating A sense of connection and community An openness to have fun, be an active participant, not just a spectator. An experience of transforming the fear of strangers into a sense of welcoming, respect, and inclusion. Of course, there also will be lots of information about the coming week and the Congress program, the presenters and events And for our entertainment, Lee Warren will perform some magic, of course!. We are finally back together and everyone is bringing something yummy to contribute – let’s celebrate our community and let’s be Nurturing Our Work – NOW.

Keynotes-Plenary Session
Monday, 22 August 2022
19:00 h - 20:30 h (7.00pm-8.30pm)
Main Building
Floor: EG (ground floor)
Room: H 0104 – Auditorium

CATEGORIES

4

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Hypermobility and the Alexander Technique

A portrait of Dr. Philip Bull

Dr. Philip Bull
United Kingdom

Hypermobility and the Alexander Technique

Hypermobility is a term that neither FM nor the first generation teachers would have known. It is only in this century that Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (EDS/HSD) have become better understood and recognized in the medical field as genetic conditions for which there is no cure. Many people living with these conditions spend their entire lives managing their symptoms and are increasingly seeking AT for relief. We can potentially make a big difference in their experience by providing strategies for better postural support, calming the nervous system, and improving proprioception and balance, all contributing to their quality of life. The AT can be of immense help to this community but unfortunately, we have heard stories from those with EDS/HSD who have had negative experiences with AT practitioners who were unaware how hypermobility can affect a person and so made no allowances for it. These teachers inadvertently over-released the hypermobile students’ already lax joints and left them with a loss of both tone and internal integrated support. They felt disconnected and their painful symptoms worsened. Dr. Bull speaks for 50 minutes outlining how hypermobility may affect not only a person’s joints but also their internal organs, their proprioceptive sensitivity and their nervous system. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A, a 45 minutes lunch break, and a →45-minute panel discussion with Ann Rodiger, Julie Barber, and David Moore from 13.30-14.15h (1.30-2.15pm). Keynote Session Details Biographies Dr Bull and panelists Ann Rodiger, Julie Barber, David Moore Dr. Philip Bull: Joint Hypermobility Syndrome – an Introduction Ann Rodiger: AT and EDS Julie Barber: Hypermobility – First Do No Harm  Julie Barber: Only Connect: Working with Hypermobility’ (in The Alexander Journal #28, Spring 2021) – no link available to this publication Andy Smith: An Investigation into Hypermobility

Keynotes-Plenary Session
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
11:30 h - 12:45 h (11.30am-12.45pm)
Main Building
Floor: EG (ground floor)
Room: H 0104 – Auditorium

CATEGORIES
Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

6

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Marketing the Alexander Technique

Portrait Rachael Sullivan

Rachael Sullivan
United Kingdom

Marketing the Alexander Technique

Promoting the benefits of the Alexander Technique   Why aren’t people more aware of the benefits of the Alexander Technique? How can we meet people where they are, to explain what we do in a language they understand? How can small changes to your business approach co-create financial, social, and environmental value? These are some of the questions Rachael will address in her 50-minute talk plus Q&A. Focusing on how we can collectively promote and market the benefits of the Alexander Technique. This informative and reflective session will be structured into three parts. Finding your feet to understand the basics of marketing theory today. Breathing with ease when you promote your business to avoid overwhelming potential new clients who are likely to tune out. Balancing the head and neck of your business. A reflective exercise to align and focus the two most important assets that will improve the health of your business. Having been instrumental in the STAT rebrand, Rachael understands the essence and key challenges of marketing the Alexander Technique in the modern day, digital-first world. With over 20 years marketing experience and a small business owner herself, she takes candid, coaching and caring approach. Sharing useful tips to grow your business, while collectively promoting the benefits of the Alexander Technique in simple and effective ways. Rachael Sullivan will be introduced by our own Opening Night host Lee Warren Listen to a special podcast episode with our keynote speakers! Presenting for exceptional performance with Lee Warren In this episode, Rachael & John are joined by Lee Warren to understand how using the Alexander Technique can help us communicate and perform better when under stress? The way that you think affects the way you perform, and vice-versa; the way you perform affects the way you think Building Better Leaders Podcast: bit.ly/Buildingbetterleaders Email links rach@theodore.ltd lee@leewarrenspeaker.com Website links https://www.theodore.ltd/ https://www.scaffoldcoaching.com/ https://leewarrenspeaker.com

Keynotes-Plenary Session
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
09:00 h - 10:15 h (9.00am-10.15am)
Main Building
Floor: EG (ground floor)
Room: H 0104 – Auditorium

CATEGORIES
Business / Marketing

6

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

AT & Violin Masterclass

AT & Violin Masterclass

As First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Noah Bendix-Balgley travels the world teaching violin masterclasses to aspiring advanced violinists. Less well-known is that he has been taking Alexander Technique lessons since he was 11, and that his father, Erik Bendix, is a well-seasoned Alexander Technique teacher with decades of experience lending a hand (or two) to violinists. Here, for the first time, they join forces to boost the skills of some promising young violinists studying in Berlin. The students will present short pieces for unaccompanied violin, and Noah and Erik will help them use less effort to create more satisfying music. The Berlin Philharmonic 2022 – 2023 season will just be starting the week the AT Congress Berlin 2022 takes place. This evening salutes that convergence by bringing two generations and two beautiful traditions together. Berlin has been home to five generations of the Bendix family, with Erik’s sixth generation the only exception. He currently divides his time between Berlin and Asheville, North Carolina. For more information on Noah, go to noahbendixbalgley.com. For more information on Erik, go to alexandertechnique.movingmoment.com.  

Keynotes-Plenary Session
Thursday, 25 August 2022
19:30 h - 21:00 h (7.30pm-9.00pm)
Main Building
Floor: EG (ground floor)
Room: H 0104 – Auditorium

CATEGORIES
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Practical Teaching Skills

3

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Exploring the science behind the Alexander Technique

Exploring the science behind the Alexander Technique

He will introduce several phenomena that are currently being studied in movement science and sport psychology and which might have a bearing on our understanding of mechanisms underpinning the Alexander Technique. These include such things as the einstellung effect, the kohnstamm phenomenon, ironic effects, the Quiet Eye and the Grenier Technique. We’ll have fun exploring how some of these phenomena might inform our understanding of the AT and might serve as profitable directions for further research and understanding. Professor Anderson will also briefly introduce us to a couple of the specific studies he has done on the AT. More Information and publications

Keynotes-Plenary Session
Friday, 26 August 2022
09:00 h - 10:15 h (9.00am-10.15am)
Main Building
Floor: EG (ground floor)
Room: H 0104 – Auditorium

CATEGORIES
Sports||Science

6

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Everyone

Our Stories, with Galen Cranz

Galen Cranz

Galen Cranz
California, USA

Our Stories, with Galen Cranz

Teacher, designer, professor, writer, consultant and wonderful human Galen Cranz, will lead a group of teachers in an adventure, to share from the stage a chorus of voices, to paint a picture of who we are. This talk presents a whole collection of life experiences. From senior teacher to trainee, coming from all walks of life, backgrounds, and nations, our teachers sit together to be together. In hearing their stories, we wish to paint a representative image of the AT in society today, and to share exciting and inspiring episodes, to highlight significant transformative learning moments. Be invited to this a camp fire🔥situation, with people sitting in a semicircle on stage, facing the audience, and sharing their stories.

Keynotes-Plenary Session
Sunday, 28 August 2022
09:00 h - 10:30 h (9.00am-10.30am)
Main Building
Floor: EG (ground floor)
Room: H 0104 – Auditorium

CATEGORIES
AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques

6

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR
Teachers||Trainees||Everyone

Closing Celebration

Portrait Wolfgang Weiser

Wolfgang Weiser
Gotland, Sweden

Closing Celebration

Join Wolfgang Weiser, Rossella, Andreas and the Congress Team to share some highlights from the past week and to say thank you and goodbye. As you find out about the next Congress, let’s think together about what are you going to take home from this week’s experiences. There will be some fun performances, questions like “what do you take  home with you?”, and “is there anything you are going to do differently or change”? To share with new and old friends. We were finally together for a week, we learnt, thought, explored, played and saw new things Let’s share our experience, to consolidate our memories, to nurture our work and celebrate the feeling that we’re part of a large community. Thank you all so much and… See you soon!

Keynotes-Plenary Session
Sunday, 28 August 2022
11:30 h - 13:00 h (11.30am-1.00pm)
Main Building
Floor: EG (ground floor)
Room: H 0104 – Auditorium

CATEGORIES

4

WORKSHOP STYLE

Fully Practical

Lecture

OPEN FOR