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TBI Archive and Catalog Page News
Our commitment to making information on Mabel Todd’s educational premise available on the web began in 2005. Since the launch of the www.ideokinesis.com website that year, we have experienced several technological roadblocks which temporarily interfered with our aims. Our situation is not unique, changes in website software occur frequently. A website “crash” is always very upsetting; finding a workable solution is time-consuming and expensive.
Recently we encountered a failure in our current technology that seriously compromised the TBI Archive and the Catalog of books in the field featured on the TBI Education page. Although we did not lose the constituent materials featured on those pages, the Archive collections can no longer be accessed by TBI Archive Subscribers, and public users will not see the Catalog when they visit the site.
Our first step is to remove the old offending software from the other website pages to avoid further damage. Then we can begin studying alternatives and estimating the costs associated with restoring the TBI Archive and Catalog. As of this writing, there is no way of knowing how long this process might take and whether our budget can manage the expenses associated with upgrading the site. We will provide progress reports in the newsletter.
Thanks for your patience and continued support.
TBI Media’s Collection of Mabel Todd’s Writings is now Complete!
The written works of Mabel Elsworth Todd have been essential resources for individuals exploring somatic movement education for nearly a century. Over the years, several publishers have made reprints of her monographs and books available to the public. Unfortunately, the increased use of low-cost duplication and printing methods has steadily eroded the quality of the generation of reprints that are the least expensive and most readily available.
TBI Media responded to this situation by locating copies of the original writings of Mabel Todd. With those texts as our models, we developed a new collection of her works that preserves her aesthetic and employs current digital technology to produce reprints of the highest quality.
- Our book covers preserve the design elements Todd selected for her initial writings.
- We used advanced image editing software to enhance the clarity of the anatomical plates.
- Our typesetting techniques produce crisp, clear text that is easier to read than books generated with facsimile or photocopy methods.
- State-of-the-art press and bindery services ensure the durability of our publications.
- An Index was created for The Hidden You to facilitate access to topics of interest.
- We added a new Preface for The Thinking Body to introduce Todd’s life and career.
It is very likely that many of you already have one or more copies of Todd’s published works. To encourage your interest in owning a set of TBI Media reprints, for a limited time, we are offering a 21% discount on the entire collection. Please click here to read descriptions of the four texts and the details on the Complete Special Editions Collection. Please inform your students and colleagues about this opportunity, and thanks very much for your support of the Thinking Body Institute!
As with all TBI Media items, we are pleased to offer “free shipping” for domestic (US) orders only.
A New Book on Topf Technique!
A Guide to a Somatic Movement Practice
THE ANATOMY OF CENTER
by Nancy Topf, with Hetty King
In this introduction to the work of somatic dance education pioneer Nancy Topf (1942–1998), readers are ushered on a journey to explore the movement of the body through a close awareness of anatomical form and function. Making available the full text of Topf’s The Anatomy of Center for the first time in print, this guide helps professionals, teachers, and students of all levels integrate embodied, somatic practices within contexts of dance, physical education and therapy, health, and mental well-being.
Nancy Topf (1942–1998) was a choreographer, dancer, and internationally known teacher who helped pioneer Anatomical Release Technique and developed her own approach known as the Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®. Hetty King, a dance teacher and movement educator based in New York City, is a certified practitioner of the Topf Technique®.
Paper, ISBN 13: 9780813068671
Pub Date: 7/12/2022
Details: 210 pages, 6×9
Available for purchase: University Press of Florida