PARATHEATRE TRAINING ~ ORIENTATION
For Those Considering Participation
© Antero Alli (updated 6/5/2017)
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FROM RITUAL TO THEATRE
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: email@example.com 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
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 30-minute, 5-phase physical warm-up aimed at meeting the overall objective of feeling the body deeply (see video clip). Jogging is also used in every session to raise physical energy and implement various internal techniques. Watch the video clip above.
- THE TRAINING PROCESS IS NONVERBAL
In the initial training process, no text or verbal language is used (in more advanced work and performance, poetic text and songs are incorporated). 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.
All participants are asked to make a conscious effort to be responsible for their own well being and safety. This means we do our best to restore a sense of safety and equillibrium in the face of upset and/or perceived threats to our well being (no actual threats occur in this work) and to work injury-free. 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 rarely occurs in the training processes. Learning and applying the fundamental methods and principles of this medium occurs in a climate of non-responsibility for others, allowing for higher levels of self-commitment, ie., commitment to one's accesing one's internal states and their expression. Solitude, integrity, and autonomy are core values in this Paratheatre medium. Once the basic techniques are learned, participants find their freedom within the form of this medium and are ready to explore a kind of group interplay that is neither social nor antisocial but asocial. 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. Others do it for the self-work of exposing and uprooting unwanted beliefs and behaviors towards cultivating 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 artistic disciplines 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.
NOTE: due to the asocial nature of the training process, social needs (for approval, acceptance, courtship, belonging, friendship) are frustrated in lieu of redirecting our attention to the internal landscape and its creative expression through movement, sound, action, and asocial rituals.
WHAT TO EXPECT, FEES & REFUND POLICY
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 behaviors, assumptions & beliefs, and other habits that inhibit your capacity for more intergity, autonomy, and spontaneous response. If you fully commit to the work, you can also expect a deeply rewarding and transformative experience. The overall aim of this work is to expand access to the internal landscape and increase the capacity for a more direct (unmediated) experience.
FEES, REFUND POLICY, and ATTENDANCE
Weekend Training Intensives (Sat/Sun; 6 hrs each day): $100. Newbies; $60. Vets.
Paratheatre Labs (once a week, 3 hours per session for 7-10 weeks): $50 to $140
depending on paratheatre experience; those requiring less training, pay less.
In the event of withdrawal from any Training Intensive or Lab no refunds are offered;
fees can be applied as credit to future training or ParaTheatrical ReSearch products.
Training and development in this medium requires a time-intensive process demanding
consistent attendance. If you plan to miss more than 2 sessions in ANY Lab, do not
apply until your schedule allows for more consistent attendance.
Students & performers of Butoh-inspired processes:
Paratheatre shares compatibility with some aspects of Butoh & related disciplines.
firstname.lastname@example.org and 503-299-4064
UPCOMING WEEKEND TRAINING INTENSIVES
UPCOMING LABS (7-10 weeks)
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