~ ORIENTATION ~
For Those Considering Participation
The Overall Aims of this Paratheatre Work
- accessing the internal landscape towards its embodied expression
- flexibility of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies
- finding new ways of moving, vocalizing, expanding presence
- exposing previously unknown aspects of oneself to oneself
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 above video clip). Jogging is also applied to increase physical energy and implement various internal awareness points. This adjustment supports deeper embodiment of the work.
- A NONVERBAL APPROACH
In the initial training processes, no spoken words are used beyond the instructor's brief directions that clarify the objectives of the method, ritual or task at hand. These objectives are met in silence and/or in nonverbal vocal creations. This adjustment supports awareness.
- BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY
This somatic process can incite catharsis and strong emotions. Participants are asked to become responsible for their own safety and well being. This means when facing internal upsets, overwhelms and/or perceived threats, you do your best to restore a 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 Paratheatre work are presented and applied in an asocial climate where attention is redirected inward to the internal landscape of autonomous forces in the Body and their outward 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 process invokes a personal 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 disidentify with and discharge these energies after each engagement (see video clip below).) This adjustment supports scrupulous ritual work.
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All Labs & Workshops Discontinued after 9/22, 2019
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