ADVANCED PARATHEATRE WORK
© 2000-2012 Antero Alli
The technique of Ritual Actions results from a three-phase process
of surrender, service, and sustaining care.
A note to the uninitiated: the following three stages demand high level commitment to
No-Form practice to induce enough internal receptivity for engaging sources of energy
originating in the body itself. Without depth of No-Form, self-expression easily becomes
forced, contrived, and prone to a kind of acting out, rather an organic expression of the
body's forces finding their own outcomes.
Surrender refers to the immersive experience of giving ourselves, our bodies, over completely to sources of energy originating in the physical body itself. This amounts to a yielding to our own energy. The initiatic surrender stage is often convulsive, chaotic, and unpredictable by nature - producing utterances, moans, sudden yelps, spontaneous gestures, collapsing to the floor, etc. Surrender authenticates self-expression by deepening access to the internal landscape allowing direct knowledge, or gnosis, of the mysteries of the organism. Without surrender, true service is not possible.
Service involves a shift from identifying and merging with sources to serving their expression through us, resulting in a new quality of self-expression. In the first surrender stage, we identify with a source to know it directly and to gain more insight into its nature. This supports a new awareness of how we might best serve it.
Sustaining care refers to an empathy, in the moment of immersion and/or service to a source, for what you care most about that source. When this empathy is allowed to sustain self-expression, this sustaining caring shapes the outcome of our movement and vocal creations. This emotional investment results in a precision not dictated by the mind but by the heart in an emotional honesty around the source we are serving. An actual sustaining care feeds and nurtures us as we move with it.
Through surrender, service, and sustaining care, we can find the ritual action
of any given source by giving form and expression to its innate purpose or function
through movement, gesture, action, sound, and song. These three phases can support
this ritual action process though not always in linear sequance. New combinations
can arise throughout the practice and mastery of of all three phases.
To be cont.
-- Antero Alli
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