The video below, “Moshe Feldenkrais at CERN” shows a small part of Moshe’s presentation at CERN circa 1981.***
Unfortunately, what you see below is only the demonstration portion and does not include Moshe’s prior lecture. The lecture was quite fascinating not only from a theoretical perspective, but also from a group dynamics and teaching perspective. Why? On several occasions, people in the audience asked Moshe to show his method rather than just talking about it.
Each time he said “no”, and intimated that the audience would not be able to follow what he was doing and that the work was both too complex and too subtle to be seen in such a short period of time. Moshe kept building the tension about doing a demonstration. By the time Moshe finally agreed to work with someone, the group was ready and “primed” to pay attention and watch Moshe deeply.
Several people in the Feldenkrais community have commented that watching the demonstration makes them very uncomfortable. Why? To them, is seems as if the demonstration objectifies the demonstration person and puts the focus on Moshe and his work and not fully on the other person where it belongs.
I think that anyone who is sensitive to the Feldenkrais learning principles can see the basis for this criticism in the video. Of course, that does not mean you have to agree with it.
Moshe Feldenkrais Video At “CERN”
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***CERN is the acronym for “The European Organization for Nuclear Research.” In French, it’s called “Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire. According to Wikipedia, It is one of the world’s largest particle physics laboratory and is located at Geneva Switzerland. However, the original posting of the video mentions “Moshe Feldenkrais at CERN, Munich, 1981.” Munich or Geneva? I do not know.