PARATHEATRICAL DREAMING RITUALS
"Principles & Techniques"
non-interpretive approach to dreams as a movement
become aware of overlays between
dreamtime and daytime
strengthen memory for movements from
dreams; dream movement recall
to find at least three movements
from dreams to choreograph a ritual
for triggering the forces innate to the dream,
the dreamtime, the dreambody while fully awake and in motion
Certain Type of Dream Recall
three movements do not have to be from the same
dream. They can originate anywhere in the
dream, performed by anything or anybody other
than yourself. They just have to originate within
the larger scope of the dreamtime, the dreaming,
the dream itself.
After this is accomplished, blend the
end of movement #3 with the beginning of movement
#1 to form a movement loop. Practice this movement
loop until it becomes second nature. Allow for
the expression of whatever rhythms and energies
result from the synergy of this loop. Practice
this three-part loop until it begins to express
its own choreography. Do not embellish this
or attempt to direct it but allow space for
the design and the forces innate to this loop
to express themselves.
fluid, charged stages
After a physical warm-up,
a certain internal adjustment is necessary.
Without it, this dreaming ritual remains mechanical.
This adjustment is made in a standing position
I call NO-FORM (refer to the above link)
and calls for any adjustment that renders profound
internal receptivity or intimacy with Void. A small area on the floor before
us is designated to the dreaming ritual. Standing
outside this area, we enter NO-FORM and
project the existing conditions of the dreamtime
into this dreaming zone. From the NO-FORM
state, we step into this dreaming zone and allow
the qualities therein to move and shape us from
within. As we are filled with these dreaming
forces and essences, we begin the ritual movement
cycle while simultaneously allowing the dreaming
to guide us. We continue this until we feel
done. Then, step outside the circle and return
to NO-FORM; let go of the dreaming.