DREAM AS A DRAMATURGY

Passer by 

Start by doing what you need to do today. Do not try to make sense of it, just let yourself do what the body wants to do. Keep what you are doing at the centre of your attention. Whatever comes up for you: sensation, image, or action, engage with it, and let it guide you. Let the images transform through your actions. Keep moving from one image to the next one. It is not a circle; it is a spiral (things change and transform). When you have done,

Stop and sit upright. Close your eyes and see everything that you have done, as if it was a movie in which you are starring the main role. Watch yourself as if from the outside. Watch the movie from the last thing you did, until the first one. Open your eyes.

Draw a map of your improvisation. Place a pen on a blank piece of paper and let it move in a continuous manner. Whenever you remember an event from what you have done, mark it on your map. As you are drawing, see the images unfolding in front of your eyes and feel them in your body. 

Find a partner. Put a pen on the map and walk your partner through the events that you have lived and depicted. Tell your journey in the present tense.

Physically revisit the places from your map that attract your attention. Encircle them first on your map, and then move with them. What is the gift of revisiting? What is its’ challenge? 

Return to your map and add new information you have discovered through movement: concerning space and time, texture, emotionality, movement patterns.

Look at your map with hyperlinks and remember your original improvisation. Name patterns in your movements: concerning space within and without the body, direction, time, texture, emotionality, understanding. 

Read out the patterns to your partner. 

Choose one pattern and follow it; does it expand or contract the body? If it contracts the body, what is its necessity? What do you need to do to transform it?

Ask yourself what the deeper question is – where it wants to go? Ask the question and step into the space allowing the images / events from previous improvisations to come up in response. Do not try to make sense of it, just allow them to come up. Do not look for answers, simply let your question rest in the back of your head, as you dance, move on, allowing images to come up.

Report your understanding to your partner, in the present tense.

The partner responds by speaking to the question as “the secondary dreamer.” How does their response move your body?

Choose a dreamer. 

Begin by noticing your breathing and allowing it to return to its own rhythm. Start engaging with your weight, pouring it across the body. Keep part of your attention on the breathing, and part on your shifting the weight. Become aware of sensations, feelings, imaginations raising up from the body.

Keep passing by.

Listen to the dream as the original dreamer reads it out loud and keep moving. As you hear images contained in words, allow them to in-form your body: shift the space within and without you, your rhythm, movements, texture, emotionality. After the original dreamer has finished speaking, continue exploring images. Become them, let them move you; notice how you transform them through your movements. When you have done,

Pause.

Sit down with your spine straight, arms and legs uncrossed, and eyes closed. See everything that you have done as if it was a movie in which you are starring the main role. See yourself as if from the outside. 

Draw a map of the experience, marking images and how they move your body.

Ask the original dreamer clarifying and verifying questions. What new things do you notice?

Re-enter the map with this new information. Stay close to the dream. 

The original dreamer witnesses as secondary dreamers embody their dream. The original dreamer may mirror / double any of them, in order to feel what is happening from within; the original dreamer can shift perspectives.

Pause.

Add any new information to your map, by hyperlinking it in a new colour to the original event.

Name repeating patterns, and here patterns that others see.

Find your question of the dream. Say it out loud and hear the questions of the others.

With a question, everyone, except for the original dreamer, re-enters the dream.

Allow the images of the dream to re-arrange themselves in response to the question.

Pause.

Write down your embodied response to the question. Speak it in the language of the original dreamer. 

Return the dream to the original dreamer: what resonates with them?

As the original dreamer reads the dream out loud, listen and draw a map of the dream. Ask any questions, name repeating patterns and formulate the question of the dream.

Enter the dream physically, by stepping into the first image that presents itself as a portal to enter the dreaming reality. Dance the dream, allowing the answer to emerge from between the movements.

Return to the original dreamer and tell them what you have understood in relation to the question of the dream. Listen to the original dreamer’s response.

Choose a dreamer. 

Begin by noticing your breathing and allowing it to return to its own rhythm. Start engaging with your weight, pouring it across the body. Keep part of your attention on the breathing, and part on your shifting the weight. Become aware of sensations, feelings, imaginations raising up from the body.

Keep passing by.

Listen to the dream as the original dreamer reads it out loud and keep moving. As you hear images contained in words, allow them to in-form your body: shift the space within and without you, your rhythm, movements, texture, emotionality. After the original dreamer has finished speaking, continue exploring images. Become them, let them move you; notice how you transform them through your movements.

If you have any clarifying or verifying questions, ask them from within moving. Let the answers transform your dancing. Keep moving on, keep spiralling through images, returning, letting the images transform. As you are moving, notice repeating patterns, and catch the question of the dream. 

Let the question of the dream provide a new alignment of images and choreograph your dancing. Once you have done, 

Pause.

Sit down with your spine straight, arms and legs uncrossed, and eyes closed. See everything that you have done as if it was a movie in which you are starring the main role. See yourself as if from the outside. 

Note down any insights from moving. Return them as a secondary dreamer to the originally dreamer. Hear, what resonates with them.

The original dreamer reads the dream out loud. 

All the secondary dreamers are already in the space, with an awareness of breathing and pouring weight, passing by.

After the dream is read, one witness stays close to the original dreamer and asks clarifying and verifying questions. All other secondary dreamers continue moving with the images, weaving patterns around images. 

Pause.

Name patterns. Choose one pattern. Re-enter the dream with this pattern and see which images vibrate with it. Embody the images that come to you.

The original dreamer observers and / or doubles any of the secondary dreamers, taking on different perspectives.

Pause.

Is there a question that arises from following this particular pattern? Say it out loud and re-enter the space, allowing for the dream to unfold. 

Pause.

Speak to your journey through the dream in the image language of the original dreamer. Listen to what resonates with the original dreamer.

Listen the dream.

Ask clarifying and verifying questions.

Note the patterns.

Name the image in the dream that holds latent potential, that feels light, expansive and brings life.

Become this image: notice how it moves you. What happens to the space within and without the body, your rhythm, texture; what do you sense feel and imagine? Describe all the sensations, feelings, imaginations of being this image.

From this expanded perspective look at all the images that hinder you, what changes?

Reflect collectively.