PARATHEATRE TRAINING ~ ORIENTATION
For Those Considering Participation
© Antero Alli (updated 12/27/2017)
From "Bardoville" an intermedia performance ritual (May 2017)
FROM RITUAL TO THEATRE
Weekend Training Intensives (6 hrs each day) are periodically scheduled
for dancers, actors, singers, martial artists, & other performers who
may be invited to continue in Performance Labs (10-12 weeks) to
develop new works of experimental theatre. In Portland, OR.
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 25-minute, 5-phase physical warm-up to meet the overall objective of feeling the body deeply (see video clip). Jogging is also used in each session to raise physical energy and implement various internal adjustments. This adjustment supports Embodiment.
- THE TRAINING PROCESS IS NONVERBAL
In the initial training process, no texts or verbal languages are used (in more advanced work and performance, poetic text and songs are often incorporated). The basic methods of this medium are learned and applied in silence, in action, and/or in nonverbal embodied voice methods. This adjustment supports Awareness.
This work process can incite catharsis and strong emotion. Participants are asked to be responsible for their own safety. This means that in the face of any internal upset, overwhelm and/or perceived threats we do our best to restore our sense of safety and equillibrium. Nobody will show you how to make yourself safe; this process is discovered through trial-by-error experimentation. Those unwilling to be accountable for their personal safety are discouraged from doing this work until they are ready to do so. This adjustment supports Self-commitment and Integrity.
Solitude, integrity, and autonomy are core values in this Paratheatre medium. Group interaction rarely occurs in the initial training processes. The fundamental methods of this work are applied in an asocial climate of non-responsibility to others while supporting more self-commitment to internal states and their embodied expression. Once these Paratheatre methods are learned, participants are ready to explore more freedom within this medium and the interaction process of asocial group interplay. This adjustment supports Autonomy.
- HANDICAPS & INJURIES
This work is not recommended for anyone tending ailments and/or physical injuries that inhibit jogging and free-form movement. Since this paratheatre training depends on listening to verbal cues and directions, those with impaired hearing can also 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 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 inspiring artistic projects and personal rites of passage. Some do it as a spiritual practice, or yoga. Others do Paratheatre to learn new techniques to expand their skill sets as ritualists, actors, singers, dancers, and other performing artists.
NOTE: the asocial nature of the training process can frustrate unmet social needs due to a redirection of attention towards the internal landscape and its expression -- through presence, movement, sound, action, and asocial rituals. Participants are asked to fulfill their (important) social needs - for emotional support, courtship, flirting, belonging, friendship, approval, security, talking, etc. - outside the workspace and after each work session. This paratheatre work has proven most effective and creative (over four decades!), when bypassing the Social.
WHAT TO EXPECT, FEES, ATTENDANCE
ParaTheatrical ReSearch PDX workspace (PerformanceWorks NW, PDX)
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 intergity, autonomy, and spontaneous response. If you fully commit to the work, you can expect a rewarding and transformative experience. The overall aim of this work is to expand access to the internal landscape, to increase the capacity for a more direct (unmediated) experience, and its embodied expression.
FEES, REFUND POLICY, and ATTENDANCE
Weekend Training Intensives (Sat/Sun; 6 hrs each day): $100.
Performance Labs (weekly, 3 hours per session, 12 weeks): $80 to $100
Non-performance Labs; vets only (weekly, 6-8 weeks): $50-80.
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.
Training and performance development requires a time-intensive
process demanding consistent attendance. If you plan to miss more
than 2 sessions in any Lab, do not participate until your schedule
allows for more consistent attendance.
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