Jacques Heim, the choreographer of Cirque du Soleil “KA” had worked with Jean-Louis at the UCLA Department of Theater,and knew the many benefits of the Alexander Technique as a way to prevent injuries and improve performance. Jacques recommended Jean-Louis to the artistic director of the show and the head of the physical therapy department treating the artists. Jean-Louis and Kristof presented a series of workshops for the artists of “KA” in June at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Directed by theater director Robert Lepage, “KA” is more a theater piece than a circus show. It is a very physically demanding piece due to the extreme choreography, the amazing modular hydraulic stages (see photo) which are in constant motion, and the acrobatic battle scenes which demand literally to be hanging by little pegs on a monolith cliff like structure. Noriko Takahashi, baton twirler and one of the main characters in “KA,” made immediate application of the Alexander work to her performance. Myro (Counselor’s Son Character) used the Alexander work to release tightness and increase flexibility in his body. The main goal of the workshops was to teach the artists new ways to prevent injuries and improve the use of energy in performance. Cirque du Soleil has previously employed Jean-Louis to work with the cast of LA NOUVELLE EXPERIENCE .
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