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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?"