'Dream Excavation' is a mode of working, being, and doing. Participants can utilize this score to generate movement ideas, work and organize within groups, document creative (and fantasy-based) practices, and grow their methodological approaches towards choreography and pedagogy.
Working with dream recollection, problem solving, participant-spectator interactions, written documentation, aural and visual representations, confessions, synesthesia, and improvisation, a working group collaboratively constructs an environment that can loop every 30 minutes and is open to spectator interaction and participation in future loops.
Session #1 is dedicated to locating a performer/maker's dream state, or a membrane where fantasy and reality can collide in the rehearsal and performance making process. The process thinks around the disappearance of performance as it relates to the disappearance of dreams in waking life. Additional score work is being used to generate situations and conditions for observing social behaviors and censorship. As a broad and undirected commentary regarding the loss of play, death of the author (Barthes, R. 1967), and social choreography, the generated performative process is intended to invent a working space for documenting dreams, instigating play/creativity, and finding a collective shared consciousness motivated towards preserving wonder.
Students begin each research period with 10-15 minutes of 'dreaming' after which they document as much of the dream(s) as possible. They also document night dreaming the morning after. During the workshop sessions specific themes are extracted for sharing and improvisational treatments. Once the day's score is devised, the generated content becomes a 'situation' that will be grafted into an open narrative for the presentation.
Workshop Length: 2 4-hours sessions up to 2 week