~ ORIENTATION ~
For Those Considering Participation
© Antero Alli (updated 12/12/2018)
ParaTheatrical ReSearch PDX workspace (PerformanceWorks NW, PDX)
THE OVERALL AIMS OF THIS TRAINING
- accessing the internal landscape towards embodied expression.
- flexibility of the physical, emotional, mental, & spiritual bodies.
- learning new methods for movement, vocalization, interaction.
THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THIS WORK
THE 5-PHASE PHYSICAL WARM UP THAT STARTS EACH SESSION
For more details on this Warm-Up process, click this
- FEELING THE BODY DEEPLY
This work is physically demanding. Each session begins with a 25-minute, 5-phase physical warm-up to meet the overall objective of feeling the body deeply (see video clip above). Jogging is also used to raise physical energy and implement various internal awarenesses and connections. This adjustment supports a deeper sense of embodiment.
- A NONVERBAL APPROACH
In the initial training processes, no spoken words are used beyond the instructor's brief directions that clarify the objectives of each method or task at hand. The methods of this medium are learned and applied in silence, in action, and/or in nonverbal embodied vocal creations. This adjustment supports awareness.
- BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY
This creative process can incite catharsis and strong emotions. Participants are asked to take a silent vow of responsibiity for their own safety and well being. This means that when facing internal upsets, overwhelms and/or perceived threats, you do your best to restore your sense of safety and equillibrium - in the moment - through personal experimentation. Those unwilling to be accountable for their personal safety are discouraged from doing this work until they feel ready to do so. This adjustment supports personal autonomy and a safe workspace.
- SELF-WORK AND THE ASOCIAL CLIMATE
Group interaction rarely occurs in the initial training processes. The various methods of this work are learned in an asocial climate where attention is redirected internally to sources of energies in the Body towards their expression. This adjustment supports Self-commitment.
- INTIMACY WITH VOID
The crux method of this partheatre medium is a standing meditation practice refered to as "No-Form". This paratheatre process involves a personal rapport and relationship with the potential state of the "Fertile Void" i.e., our comfort at being nothing. No-Form practice has two purposes: 1) to cultivate profound internal receptivity to forces in the Body for their engagement and 2) the ability to discharge these energies after each engagement (see video clip below).) This adjustment supports scrupulous ritual work.
Click this for more on No-Form practice in this medium.
- HANDICAPS & INJURIES
Anyone tending physical ailments, handicaps and/or injuries that inhibit jogging and free-form movement are discouraged from doing this work until they are healed. This training also depends on listening to and hearing verbal cues; those with impaired hearing can be at significant disadvantage. Please inform the director of any handicaps and /or injuries before attending any work session.
- MOTIVATION: WHY DO THIS WORK?
There are many reasons for doing this work. Some do it to get high, to engage ecstatic, rapturous states. Others do it for the self-work of exposing and uprooting unwanted beliefs and behaviors towards creating new patterns of response. Many do it to expand their access to creative states for inspiring artistic projects. Some do it as a spiritual practice, or yoga. Others do Paratheatre to learn new internal and external techniques to expand their skill sets as ritualists, actors, singers, dancers, and other performing artists.
WHAT TO EXPECT, FEES, CONTACT, INSTRUCTOR BIOS
The No-Form Circle
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THIS TRAINING
You can expect to work. This training process is physically and emotionally demanding. You can expect to confront your internal and external limitations: movement cliches, resistances and rigidities, prejudices, obsolete assumptions & beliefs, and other habits that inhibit your integrity, autonomy, and spontaneous response. If you fully commit to this work, you can expect a rewarding and possibly transformative experience. What you get out of this work equals what you put into it. The overall aim of this work is to expand access to the internal landscape and its embodied expressions.
FEES & REFUND POLICY
Weekend Training Intensives (Sat/Sun; 6 hrs each day): $120.
Performance Labs; vets only (weekly, 3 hours per session, 12 weeks): $80 to $120
Non-performance Labs; vets only (weekly, 5-8 weeks): $60-120.
In the event of withdrawal from any Training Intensive or Lab
no refunds are offered; payment of fees can be applied as
credit to future training or ParaTheatrical ReSearch products.
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INSTRUCTOR BIOS - Antero Alli, Sylvi Alli
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