PARATHEATRICAL DREAMING RITUALS
a non-interpretive approach to dreams as a movement resource
1) to support awareness of overlays between dreamtime and daytime
2) to strengthen the memory for movements from dreams; movement recall
to choose three movements
from dreams to choreograph a ritual
NIGHTS, 8-11pm: THE DREAMING RITES (the working)
THE DREAMING RITES (dance studio) Sunday Nights. This dreaming lab is the most vertically-oriented and the least group interactive of any paratheatrical lab Ive participated in. The approach to dreams here is decidedly non-interpretive and kinetic. Rather than pursue any search for meaning, these rituals are designed and presented to "prime" the physical/emotional bodies for greater receptivity to the innate essences, forces and purposes inside the dream/dreambody/dreamtime itself. The goal: to amplify the overlay between dreamtime and daytime as a portal for initiatic ritual. Initiation to the dream. Neither workshop, class, performance nor video-mediated product, this paratheatrical experiment remains devoted to accessing dreamtime sources for the purpose of animating movement and evoking spiritual presence.
THE DREAM COUNCIL (directors home) Wednesday Nights. The non-interpretive spirit embodied in the dreaming rites continues here with the sharing of stories, struggles, skills and insights unearthed in the rituals, our dream recall and the dreams themselves. We all realize the unique and somewhat strange nature of what we are attempting to accomplish and find solace in the dream council, which provides a forum for languaging our emerging perceptions. Here we can try new ways of thinking and talking about dreams. This can be especially useful when it minimizes the psychological projection of meaning that tends to trivialize the innate power and autonomy of the dreams themselves. What is the true purpose of dreaming ? Perhaps, only the dream itself can show us this. If our dreams are attempting to communicate with us, a certain humility may be required to listen and to respond truthfully.
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 whatever dream was occuring. There is also a kind of memory attached to the meaning or the search for meaning in dreams. Though all these functions of 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.
NOTE: These three movements do not have to be from the same dream. They can also 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 Dreaming Ritual Cycle
fluid, charged stages
Note: The paratheatrical physical warm-up structure used in this lab, as well as, key ritual techniques can be reviewed at: paratheatrical overview
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 or emptiness. 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.