I met with Dennis Leri at his home in San Rafael at the end of March, in 2015. We talked about the role of recording in the Feldenkrais Method, some of the concepts that Dennis used to think through what Feldenkrais work is about, a look back on the various phases of Dennis' career, the shapes of the Feldenkrais community as Dennis saw them, Feldenkrais in terms of art, the East-Meets-West dimension of the work, and Feldenkrais as a community of inquiry.
To record this interview, I met Dennis in San Rafael where he lived with his wife Maria in a small, cozy place, with a garden level studio where Dennis worked. We spoke upstairs in the front-room for a half an hour, then we went out to lunch. We continued the interview when we returned.
I found Dennis remarkably open and engaging, both in this conversation and in general.
I didn’t have a plan for releasing the recording we made, but when he died at the end of 2016, I felt it would be appropriate to share it with people in the Feldenkrais community.
Now I share it here to make it available in a more ongoing way.
Dennis was one of the very important teachers in my life. I’m happy to share this conversation I had with him.