Breath work as “life insurance” Leo Kofler and the legacy of tuberculosis

Mon Oct 16 2023 at 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Red Sandcastle Theatre | Toronto

With Eufemia Fantetti, Derek Mascarenhas and Maria Meindl
Publisher/HostWith Eufemia Fantetti, Derek Mascarenhas and Maria Meindl
Breath work as \u201clife insurance\u201d Leo Kofler and the legacy of tuberculosis
A series of talks on the surprising history of today's wellness and fitness techniques
About this Event


In his 1887 book The Art of Breathing tuberculosis survivor Leo Kofler describes his breathing and voice exercises as “life insurance.” In this session, Maria will look at how the threat of TB shaped the development of breathing methods both for performers, and the general public.

This is a hybrid event, but everyone will get a Zoom link on the morning of the presentation. If you are not feeling well, please enjoy the event from home. A recording will be available for the entire next day, for those who have tickets.


These days, there are a host of methods (and Methods) available for looking after our bodies. They can save our lives, mess with our minds, and sometimes a bit of both. In this series, writer and Feldenkrais practitioner Dr. Maria Meindl offers a historical perspective on today’s popular self-care and fitness methods.

Who will enjoy this series? Actors, dancers, and artists of all kinds, teachers, wellness practitioners, and anyone with an interest in taking charge of their health. The next two sessions will take place November 20 and December 18th.


Maria Meindl is the author of The Work, Stonehouse Publishing (2019), a novel about an avant- garde theatre company which resembles a cult. In 2011, she published Outside the Box, a memoir of creating an archive for her grandmother, the poet and broadcaster, Mona Gould. Her essays, fiction and poetry have appeared in many publications and anthologies. She has made two radio series, Parent Care, and Remembering Polio for CBC Ideas. Since 2004, she has been a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitionerreading series Draftworks-in-progress by emerging and established writers. She is currently writing a book based on her award-winning PhD research on the German movement teacher Elsa Gindler (1885-1961).


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East, Toronto, Canada


CAD 20.00 to CAD 30.00

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