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Experimental Being

doma workshop

The workshop looks at how people's concepts of personal identity are greatly influenced by their everyday personal psychological and physical habits and stereotypes. Through exploring strategies which take us beyond these routines we discover that we already contain a much wider range of activities and being than we previously thought.

Taught by Howard Lotker and other company members

Minimum 2 days - 5 hours per day, up to 7 days.

The workshop is for anyone interested in exploring and breaking down everyday stereotypes, especially for people interested in performing and acting, and teaching theater.

One could say that all good actors are experimental beings who take on others' histories and bodies. But how do they do it, and what can their specific flexibility tell us about human identity in general? The Experimental Being workshop plays with the fact that our identities are much more flexible than we usually think. Actors in training experiment with their own subjectivity to reveal unknown aspects of themselves in ways which are similar to the way patients in psychotherapy might do - these explorations and transformations can be for the purposes of creating art or healing.

The workshop focuses on exercises and ways of looking at life and performance introduced by Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov, Butoh, James Donlon, Phenomenology, Douglas Harding's Headlessness, and others. Over several days of exercises, research, and improvisations (which take place in a rehearsal room and also invisibly in public places as well), the participants gain insights in how they can play with underexplored aspects of themselves already residing inside them, how they can incorporate information from others' bodies and ways of thinking into themselves, and how they can continue to discover new voices within their own bodies through research. This research can be applied to various genres of theater or simply be an interesting look into a little experienced part of the human condition, opening paths to greater creativity and empathy.