"Principles & Techniques"

a non-interpretive approach to dreams as a movement resource


1) to become aware of overlays between dreamtime and daytime

2) to strengthen memory for movements from dreams; dream movement recall

3) 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




A Certain Type of Dream Recall
When dreams are remembered, we recall images -- of faces, scenarios, dramas, fragments of action -- and for the way we feel about the dream. There is also a kind of memory attached to the meaning or the search for meaning in dreams. Though these functions of dream memory are important, another kind of dream recall is required for the dreaming ritual and that is the recollection of an individual movement that can be replicated by yourself upon awakening the next morning.

The Dream Movements
What exactly is a "dream movement" ? The turn of a head, the sway of a limb, the sudden hop into the air. Once you find a movement you can personally perform after waking, practice it throughout the day. Do it without embellishment; do it as close to the way you remembered it happening in the dream itself. Commitment to authenticity helps contain the power innate to the dream movement; the more authentic the movement, the more power contained. To begin building the dreaming ritual cycle, you will need to recall and to practice at least three movements.

NOTE: These 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.



the mechanical stages
The first stage of building the dreaming ritual is mechanical. Practice the three movements separately until each is second nature, memorized by the body; this kinetic muscle memory will eventually inform its own innate style, rhythms and tensions. After all three movements are physically memorized, choose any one of them to initiate the ritual cycle. Blend the end of movement #1 with the beginning of either one of the other two movements until they form a larger single motion. Practice this two-part motion until it's physically memorized. Add the final third movement by blending the end of movement #2 with the start of movement #3. Commit this three-part movement to kinetic memory.

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.

the fluid, charged stages
To enter the fluid stage, we undergo a physical warm-up period of at least thirty minutes prior to doing the dreaming ritual itself. The overall objective we strive to achieve in this physical warm-up is: FEELING THE BODY DEEPLY. Meeting this central physical need supports the sense of physical safety and confidence for summoning the forces innate to dreambody and the dreamtime into physical expression.

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.



Dreambody/Earthbody Lab, Spring 2008 Lab Report

Dreaming LAB report; Winter, 2000

paratheatrical dreaming rituals: overview

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