29. December 2011 · Comments Off on January Event · Categories: Society News

6.30 pm Tuesday 17 January 2012

City of Westminster Archive Centre

10 St Ann’s Street London SW1P 2DE



The Vision in Practice :

William Blake and the Alexander Technique


A Talk and Demonstration given by

Kate Kelly-Tanguay


It may be that the names William Blake and FM Alexander have

never before resounded in the same sentence.


For over 30 years the Alexander technique has been an essential part

of Kate’s life. More recently Blake’s vision, especially through Andrew

Solomon’s interpretation of his work, has caused her to appreciate

the worth of her own personal journey in a Blakean context.

The Alexander Technique offers a practical way to overcome the

comfort of habit, which might be at the root of much that Blake

found stifling of freedom, choice or thought, rendering us adverse to

creative change.


In this talk, which may have some participative aspects, Kate shares

her personal experience of the benefits of the technique as a method

to release oneself from habit, enhance life and lend a renewed

direction to ‘our arrows of desire’.


Kate teaches the Alexander technique in London, Europe and

Québec. During her career as a professional actor she found it

an invaluable creative support which she now teaches to trainee

actors. She first encountered Blake’s work while a student at Queens

University in Northern Ireland, where she was born. Kate is a past

committee member of the Blake Society and likes to bake cakes.


Annual General Meeting

The AGM will immediately precede this Talk.

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