Anna Yen is a performer, theatre maker, and Feldenkrais Method ® practitioner. Her work spans theatre, contemporary circus, physical theatre, and film. She teaches in communities, companies, schools, universities, festivals and privately.
Anna teaches Awareness Through Movement at the Qld Conservatorium of Music and is a trainer at Vulcana Circus.
Anna performed in Baran Theatre’s 2019 “Tower of Babel” Brisbane, debase’s 2019 “Concerto for Presto and Harmony” at the Shanghai International Arts Festival, CAAP/Griffin Theatre’s “The Serpent’s Table” Sydney Festival, Creative Region’s ‘It All Begins With Love” Qld Tour, and “Monsteria” 2017-2018. Her acclaimed physical theatre work “Chinese Take Away” was adapted into a film for SBS.
Anna is the recipient of a Matilda Award Commendation for “Chinese Take Away”, a Best Costume Design Matilda Award with GUSH co-creators for “Monsteria”, and a Churchill Fellowship.
She was a Finalist for the 2018 Qld Premier’s Drama Award with her play “Slow Boat”. Anna has taught PlayMoves widely in Australia.
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One of Anna’s big influences is the work of Monika Pagneux. Another is the work of Dr Moshe Feldenkrais.
“Monika Pagneux is one of Europe’s leading exponents of movement in contemporary theatre, devoted to preparing actors for the stage. She studied and worked with Jacques Lecoq, Moshe Feldenkrais, Peter Brook, Complicité and many more teachers, actors, dancers, directors and children. Monika’s way of working helps actors to find a unity between their inner psyche and its outer expression. Truth becomes the source of creativity; actions result from being, not thinking.
She asks, ‘Who am I?’ Her answers transform her into a mentor for our times.”
– From “Inside Outside – theatre/movement/being” by Monika Pagneux
A film in which Monika discusses her thoughts about her work and life, including interviews with well known performers and directors, and a book based on Monika’s scrapbook, in which she summed up a stream of her work over the last years, can be found here.
A blogspot on Monika by one of her long-term students: http://monikapagneux.blogspot.com.au
“Monika Pagneux” by Anna Yen The Feldenkrais Journal no 25 Let’s Play published by the FELDENKRAIS GUILD® of North America 2012
Anna is a member of the Australian Feldenkrais Guild and a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. She is available for one to one sessions and workshops.
The Feldenkrais Method is an educational system centered on movement, aiming to expand and refine the use of the self through awareness. It is intended for those who wish to improve their movement repertoire (performers, musicians, artists), as well as those wishing to reduce pain or limitations in movement, and many who want to improve their general well-being and personal development.
Because it uses movement as the primary vehicle for gaining awareness, it is directly applicable to issues that arise from restricted or habitually poor movement. But as a process for gaining awareness, it can expand a person’s choices and responses to many aspects of life.
The Feldenkrais Method was originated by Dr Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an Ukrainian-born physicist and judo practitioner. The Feldenkrais Method is applied in two forms by practitioners: Awareness Through Movement and one to one Functional Integration sessions.
‘Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.’
‘If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want.’
‘What I am after is more flexible minds, not just more flexible bodies’
- Dr Moshe Feldenkrais -
A workshop designed to expand performers’ movement options; encourage playfulness and pleasure to be on stage; build complicity with other performers; and expand the ability to enact one’s impulses on stage. PlayMoves integrates ensemble games, rhythm as a foundation for creative play, Awareness Through Movement (Feldenkrais Method), stagecraft, devising from the physical,and creative processes. PlayMoves invites authenticity and vulnerability on stage, while being true to one’s embodied inner-knowing. With curiosity and pleasure.
Anna has taught PlayMoves to performers in Cairns, Townsville, Maleny, Brisbane, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Bellbray, Perth and Hobart.
This workshop is for people who want to explore awareness through movement, creativity, presence and the pleasure to play, with other people.
A sequence of popular Feldenkrais Method® lessons to help you ‘wake up’ at any time of day.
Feldenkrais Method® and theatre practitioner, Anna Yen will lead you through a sequence of dynamic Awareness Through Movement lessons which incorporate:
The workshop incorporates games, which playfully develop awareness of the space, other people, and rhythm.
The exploratory sequence is something you can return to again and again – in parts or as a whole – any time you want to revitalise yourself and your outlook.
The Wake Up! sequence is inspired by Anna’s theatre mentor Monika Pagneux, who studied with Dr Moshe Feldenkrais in the 70s.
‘I danced down the street after my Feldenkrais lesson with Anna. I was impressed. And it takes a lot to impress me.’ – Áine –
All within a Covid-Safe plan
Anna Yen, performer, theatre maker and Feldenkrais practitioner.
It is inspired by the work of renowned European theatre teacher Monika Pagneux. Our quest is to awaken the performer, inviting the attentive and joyful performing physical presence that marries risk with vulnerability and self-confidence with authenticity.
“This has been the most awakening and inspiring workshop I have attended in a while. Really wonderful.” Actor
“I feel as though I’ve been woken up – opened to new ways of being and reminded of others I’d forgotten.” Musician
“Extremely valuable. Workshops like this one help to reaffirm one’s creativity.” Actor
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