history of the alexander technique international congresses
The International Congresses are a forum for workshops and presentations which bring teachers together to exchange work, knowledge, and experiences of the Alexander Technique. The focus may be practical or theoretical, and the purpose directed at improving our own use, developing the profession, developing teaching methods and enhancing our understanding. The Congresses are open to everyone interested in the Alexander Technique.
Each Congress is organised and run by a small group of Congress Directors which changes for each Congress. The work of the Congress Directors is supervised by the Board of International Alexander Technique Congress Directors, bringing the experience and continuity from those who have been involved before.
It was the American teacher Michael D. Frederick who set up the first congress in 1986 in response to the need for exchange of work and ideas between different strands of teaching. Since F. M. Alexander's death it was inevitable that different teachers would evolve in different directions, whilst the principles of the Technique have remained the same. Due to the openness and independence of the International Congresses, they have succeeded admirably in bringing together all different traditions and styles of practising and teaching the Technique.
1st stony brook, new york, usa 1986
'The Alexander Technique, a Worldwide Perspective'
250 Participants | Director: Michael Frederick
2nd brighton, england august 1988
'Research, Training and Stagecraft'
500 Participants | Director: Michael Frederick
3rd engelberg, switzerland august 1991
'The Development of a Profession'
560 Participants | Director: Michael Frederick
4th sydney, australia july 1994
'125 Years On: The Meaning of Change'
250 participants | Director: David Garlick
5th jerusalem, israel 14-20 august 1996
'Back to Basics'
200 participants | Directors: Shmuel Nelken, Ora Nelken, Rika Cohen
6th freiburg, germany august 1999
'An Ongoing Discovery: Looking Towards the 21st Century'
550 participants | Directors: Karoline Erdmann, Daniel Susstrunk, Michael Fortwangler, Doris Dietschy
7th oxford, england 16-22 august 2004
'Exploring the Principles'
710 participants | Directors: Jean M. O. Fischer, Peter Ribeaux, Lucia Walker | Website
8th lugano, switzerland 10-16 august 2008
'From Generation To Generation'
600 participants | Directors: Michael D. Frederick, Rosa Luisa Rossi, Judy Stern | Website
9th lugano, switzerland 7 – 13 august 2011
'Learning From Each Other'
350 participants | Directors: Robert Britton, Jamie McDowell, Irmel Weber | Website
For articles by Michael D. Frederick, Doris Dietschy, Jean M. O. Fischer and Richard Brennan, see our articles page.