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A Conversation with Marjory Barlow

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Published on Sep 12, 2011

Marjory Barlow in conversation with Joan Schirle.

Marjory Barlow (1915-2005) was a British AT teacher and niece of Alexander. She trained 1933-36 and taught until 1940 at Ashley Place.

In 1940 she married Dr. Wilfred Barlow. They ran an Alexander teacher training course (1950-82).

Recorded at the First Congress of Teachers of the Alexander Technique,
Stoneybrook, New York, August 12, 1986

Topics and questions are:

· When did you start to train teachers?
· What have you found out to be the most difficult thing for trainees to learn?
· Quality of FM's hands?
· How important do you think hands-on work is in teaching the AT?
· How much do you talk about "directions?"
· What do you mean by "interference?"
· Was FM an extraordinarily patient man?
· Emotions & spirit in relation to "conscious control?"
· Connections of AT with practical eastern spiritual philosophies?
· How was the working together with your husband (Dr. Wilfred Barlow)?
· How do you keep a sense of excitement and freshness about the work?
· How do you think about using the technique in other activities?
· Was it difficult for FM to be patient with absolute beginners?
· Where do you see the AT headed?
· How can we prevent watering down or unfaithfulness to the principles?
· What do you think has been your major contribution to the AT?
· Is "thinking in activity" different from what we normally associate with the word "thinking"?
· AT and performing artists
· Did FM talk about "concentration?"

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