PARATHEATRE TRAINING ~ ORIENTATION
For Those Considering Participation
© Antero Alli (updated 2/7/2017)
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FROM RITUAL TO THEATRE
As of January 2017, all Zero Labs (entry level work) have been discontinued.
Weekend Training Intensives (6 hrs each day) are periodically scheduled for
dancers, actors, singers, martial artists, & other performers with the option
of continuing in Ritual Labs (7-12 weeks; once a week, 3 hrs each night)
to develop new works of experimental theatre. In Portland, OR.
contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and 503-299-4064
Antero Alli, Artistic Director; Sylvi Alli, Music Director
THE OVERALL AIMS OF THIS TRAINING
-- to expand access to the internal landscape towards full-bodied expression.
-- to increase flexibility of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies
-- to interact with others from a place of heightened autonomy and integrity
-- to develop new techniques and skills in movement, vocalization, interaction
FEELING THE BODY DEEPLY
This work is physically demanding. Each session begins with a 30-minute, 5-phase physical warm-up aimed at meeting the overall objective of feeling the body deeply (see video clip below). Jogging is also used in every session to raise physical energy and implement various internal techniques. If you have any internal or external physical injuries that inhibit jogging and vigorous movement, please be discouraged from participating until you heal. Watch the video clip below.
THE 5-PHASE PHYSICAL WARM UP THAT STARTS EACH SESSION
For more details on this Warm-Up process, click this
- THE TRAINING PROCESS IS NONVERBAL
In the initial training process, no text or verbal language is applied -- though in more advanced work and performance, poetic text and songs are often used. The basic methods of this medium are learned and applied in silence, in action, and/or through nonverbal embodied voice methods. This adjustment cultivates Awareness.
- NOT GROUP THERAPY
Though this process can be cathartic and offer therapeutic relief, it would be a mistake to confuse it for psychotherapy, or psychodrama, or the director as a therapist. All participants are asked to make a conscious commitment to become fully responsible for their own well being and safety. Those unwilling and/or unable to take this vow are discouraged from participating until they are ready to do so. This adjustment cultivates Integrity.
Group interaction is minimized in training. The focus is with learning and applying the fundamental methods and principles of this medium in a safe climate of shared solitude. Once the basic forms and techniques are learned, participants advance by finding their own freedom within the form of this medium and discover interaction from there. This adjustment cultivates Autonomy.
- HANDICAPS & INJURIES
This work is not recommended for anyone with ongoing ailments and/or physical injuries that inhibit jogging and free-form movement. Since paratheatre training depends on listening to verbal cues and directions, those with impaired hearing can be at a significant disadvantage.
- MOTIVATION: WHY DO THIS WORK?
There are many reasons for doing this work. Some do it to get high, to engage ecstatic and rapturous states. This hedonic motive often disperses after a few sessions when development in this medium demands deeper motives than personal pleasure. Others experience paratheatre as self-work, to expose and uproot unwanted behaviors and to cultivate new patterns of response. Many do it to expand their access to creative states for inspiring artistic projects. Some approach paratheatre as a spiritual practice, or yoga. Others do it to learn new physical and internal techniques for their exisiting ritual practices and/or their professional work as singers, dancers, and actors. Some find value in the unique asocial nature of this training as a novel way of relating with others and the world.
Students & performers of Butoh:
this paratheatre work shares compatibility with some aspects of Butoh & related disciplines.
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