ADVANCEMENT in PARATHEATRE WORK
© 2000-2014 Antero Alli
Advancement in this paratheatre work results from consistent application of a three-phase process of identification, service, and sustaining care of empathy. All three stages are intimately linked with no final graduations or arrivals; the process continues. Each stage also expresses essential components of each other.
The first stage involves cultivating enough internal receptivity -- via No-Form practice -- to detect, engage and merge with energy sources in the body itself. Identification with these energies demands a conscious act of surrender to your own energy as a full-bodied immersive experience. The results can be chaotic, convulsive, ecstatic, and melodramatic without communicating anything beyond the catharis of self-expression.
The second stage involves a shift from merging and identifying with the body's innate forces - impulses, emotions, reflexes, etc. - towards serving their directives. This shift helps to clarify the expression of patterns, characteristics, and rhythms innate to any given source of energy. This results in increased economy of movement and clarity of expression of whatever forces are engaged and served through the instrument of self.
SUSTAINING CARE OF EMPATHY
The third stage involves a subjective discovery of, and an internal dependence on, what we care most about any given force we are engaging and serving. This happens in the heat of the moment, rather than from any preconception of what we care about. As we commit to this subjective direction, a sustaining care of empathy fuels and informs the expression of whatever internal source we are engaging and serving.
-- Antero Alli
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