Research: Feeling Nervous in Performance

Are you a performer? Have you experienced performance anxiety?

Has a particular approach helped you? Would you like to share this experience in an informal 90-minute focus group session and be part of the research into a new article on what feeling nervous entails and how this can be managed through various somatic-based methods?

Somatic means ‘of the body’ and examples of these techniques include Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique and Autogenic Training.

Researcher, Robert Vesty is a lecturer in Theatre Arts at Middlesex University. He is interested in meeting and talking to performers who have experienced performance anxiety and tried an approach to managing this. He is interested in a range of experience, however ‘mild’ or ‘acute’ the effects, and a range of approaches, especially somatic approaches such as the Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, and Meditation but also other approaches such as CBT or psychotherapy.

Robert has a background in acting and dance, and continues to perform. He is currently training to be a Feldenkrais practitioner, and is also conducting wider research into what position fear, anxiety and nervousness play in some improvisatory performance practices.

If you are interested in participating you can contact Robert directly by emailing

You do not need to be have been a BAPAM client. The study offers a chance to find out more about a variety of interesting approaches to managing nervousness and performance anxiety, and enhancing performance practice. All group members will also be offered the chance to attend a free Feldenkrais (ATM) class at the Chisenhale Dance Space in east London. The focus-group session is provisionally scheduled for the first/second week of October and will take place at Middlesex University, Hendon campus.

Your participation is voluntary and confidential, unless you choose to be credited in the article which may be published in a special Feldenkrais focused edition of Theatre, Dance & Performance Training in 2015

Note: this research project is undertaken with Research Ethics Committee approval from Middlesex University.   

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