“Listening to myself and to my surroundings, to the song that rises from this moment in which I am contained—These dances rise up inside me and spin out beneath me, And it’s as if I stand back, inside myself and observe . . . Available to constant change, I can balance at the edge of the unknown, And experience fearlessness.”~Eva Karczag*
I remember first seeing Eva Karczag, an incredibly fluid and breathtaking dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, in the early 1980s. A couple of years later, when I was in the process of returning to dance after extensive knee surgery, I was referred to Eva by a physical therapist. For the next four years I studied the Alexander Technique, T’ai Chi, and dance-movement with her. Any time Eva was teaching I wanted to be there. When I told her of my plan to train to be an Alexander teacher, she said, “I know the perfect person for you” and introduced me to Aileen Crow. In the early 1990s all three of us found our way to Authentic Movement.
A few months ago, Aileen had the idea that the three of us should “talk.” Eva lives in Amsterdam, Holland, Aileen in New York, and I am in Rhode Island, so our conversation took place over the internet. — Paula Sager
*quoted in Tufnell, M. and Crickmay, C. , Body Space Image: Notes Toward Improvisation and Performance.
Highstown, NJ: Princeton Book Co., 1999.
© 2006 A Moving Journal
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