March 19th, 2017
$10 suggested donation.
The container always commences with a collective meditation to center the room. The meditation itself is the entryway to the experience. One must fall backwards in order to climb forward.
Most of the meditations begin with the participants placed in a comfortable position. A blindfold is used in order to black out the room completely and allow the participant to deeply relax.
The experience requires minimal to no conversation at first and I ask that all participants turn off their cell phones and keep the chatter to a minimum at least ten minutes before the beginning of the workshop. This is enforced for the participant’s benefit in order to reach a place of clarity before beginning what can be a physically, emotionally, psychologically challenging workshop.
The meditation can last anywhere from 30-45 minutes (depending on the independent pace of the individuals and how they work as a collective). Once the group is up on their feet after spending time in this deep meditative state, they will be prompted and guided to complete certain exercises or activities. These series of exercises will lead participants to travel deep within themselves and allow them the chance to break through and out of any existing, inhibiting shells.
The intensity of each prompt (whether physical or vocal or a combination) will give the participants a peek into their trained human behavior. The presence of a trance state, achieved through meditation, helps the individual to abandon their inner/outer armor and also challenge their deepest fears and anxieties.
As we work on individual behavior, we simultaneously focus on the collective experience. The only way we can work through the challenging aspect of the workshop (whether it be physical, vocal, emotional or psychological) is to be able to work together. There is a healing aspect that occurs when humans recognize themselves in one another, while working together, and that is the point of this experiment.
After the duration of the workshop, participants will find themselves closer to one another and closer to their own truth. The vulnerability and courage it takes to step out of the box with each other will aim to help the group and the individual summon a collective and personal transcendence that can only come from raw and honest participation.
There is no previous performance experience required. Anyone and everyone is able to participate in this container.
Please dress comfortably.
These containers are inspired by Human Psychology, Ancient Ceremonies, Trance States, Psychomagic, Experimental Theatre Exercises, Ecstatic Dance, Healing Practices and Ritual Performance.