Participants at a workshop at the Alexander Technique 9th International Congress 2011

rachel zahn france

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Photo of Rachel Zahn, presenter at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

panel discussion: thu 13 aug | details

Rachel Zahn graduated from the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in 1969, assisted Judith Leibowitz at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and joined the ACAT faculty from 1972–1981. During the 1970s she collaborated and trained with psychologists, developing a unique interdisciplinary approach to the psychophysical process of ‘high performance’ in actors, musicians, athletes, and original thinkers. She was mentored by the American anthropologist Margaret Mead who gave her the responsibility to continue applying Mead’s model of global cooperation to practical use. This task motivated her to embark on two doctorates: The relationship between global thinking and intercultural communication (Union Institute, USA) and Psychophysical Congruence and the Mind-Body Problem (Université Paris 1, Sorbonne-Pantheon and CREA, l’École Polytechnique).

She created the Embodied Mind Project in 2011 which has produced two major interdisciplinary experiments between AT teachers and Cognitive scientists, philosophers, engineers and researchers:

1. 2012 at CREA Laboratory, École Polytechnique , Paris France https://www.dropbox.com/s/um1iji6ckf7g58p/Embodied-Mind-Feb-2012-summary.pdf?dl=0
The CREA documentary film (2013) can be viewed here: http://www.alexanderscience.org/embodied-mind-project/paris-2012-film.html
2. 2013 with PERCRO Perceptual Robotics Laboratory at Pisa and Gargonza, Italy
A summary of the PERCRO event can be found here: http://www.alexanderscience.org/embodied-mind-project/gargonza-2013.html

Rachel has created a French non-profit association to facilitate funding for future projects.
She is currently introducing the Alexander Technique to cognitive scientists and developing an introductory course in cognitive science for Alexander teachers. She conducts seminars internationally.

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