Lab Participation Guidelines
Entry to ParaTheatrical ReSearch labs is by invitation and/or interview.
E-mail inquiries to Antero Alli: email@example.com or call (510) 464-4640
1) 24 years or older (some exceptions may apply; inquire with director)
2) physically fit and good overall health (no physical or internal injuries)
3) survival needs met (means of income, food, shelter, friends outside of Lab)
4) interview with and/or invitation from the director
THE 5-PHASE PHYSICAL WARM UP CYCLE
CLICK ABOVE IMAGE FOR VIDEO OF THE WARM-UP CYCLE.
Each LAB session runs three hours and starts with a 5-phase 30-minute PHYSICAL WARM UP CYCLE, with each phase defined by meeting a specific physical objective: 1) STILLNESS, 2) FLEXING THE SPINE, 3) CORE, 4) STRETCHING and 5) HEAT. Each phase lasts approx 6 minutes. Each objective is met in your own way; nobody shows or tells you how to do them. THE PHYSICAL WARM UP CYCLE is done in alone in one's personal warm-up area.
The overall objective of the Physical Warm-Up: feeling the body deeply.
any posture allowing physical inaction and meditation to relax the thinking mind;
2) FLEXING THE SPINE
any process rendering the spine more flexible; this stimulates the nervous
systems for more direct passage of signals between the brain and the muscles
3) WORKING THE CORE
working the abdominal region through whatever means
(yoga, Pilates, crunches, etc) to bring heat and energy to the core of the body
4) STRETCHING THE MUSCLES
to breathe into the muscles while stretching; to locate and stretch into
numb areas; to keep feeling the body deeply
5) GENERATING HEAT
any movements, within ones personal area, that generate enough heat to break
a sweat; to move in ways that contain, not disperse, this heat
For more details on what can be expected in a
ParaTheatrical ReSearch Lab, click this.
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-- Antero Alli, director
a vow to oneself
Paratheatre Labs occur in an asocial, non-performance climate where the pressure to perform is released and replaced by self-created pressures. This process begins by taking a silent vow to yourself for becoming accountible for consistency of attendence and your own safety. This vow supports the autonomy and integrity of each individual and eliminates any need for an external (parental) monitor.
-- CONSISTENCY OF ATTENDANCE
If you forsee missing more than one session of any weekly Lab or two sessions of any twice a week Lab, please do not apply. Punctuality is expected; please arrive early and/or on time. The doors open 10-15 minutes early and are locked 10 minutes after each Lab session starts.
-- PERSONAL SAFETY
Due to the physically, emotionally and psychologically challenging nature of this work, participants are required to be responsible for dealing their own fears, needs, and limitations as they come up and finding ways to restore a sense of safety, well being and equillibrium whenever necessary (even if this means discontinuing the work).
-- THE ASOCIAL INTENT
Though social needs are important, they can inhibit creativity by the unconscious projection of unmet social needs -- for approval, belonging, status, courtship, and friendship -- onto others. Though this work occurs in groups, much of the training process is solitary in nature with minimal interaction with others. An asocial group interplay can eventually occur after the basic training of paratheatre techniques has been integrated (click this for more on the asocial intent).
from four ParaTheatrical ReSearch video documents
by Antero Alli and others
"what is paratheatre?"
"State of Emergence"
7-part paratheatre manifesto by Antero Alli