Find Vitality and Your Voice within a Story
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Performance Labs have all the elements of Workshops.
They simply go more in depth
and culminate in a ritual theater performance for an invited audience
Healing Theatre began with Performance Labs only. Over time, audience members would say that they wanted to experience the work that everyone had done without the 'performance' element, and so workshops were created.
It is with the Performance Labs ,that the deepest healing occurs. How it happens is a mystery. But it is almost always guaranteed that through the process a core transformational shift will occur. Many people who participate in Performance Labs have done all types of personal empowerment or self improvement modalities have come to understand their patterns, their own limiting beliefs but have not been able to bridge the awareness of them with being able to shift them in real time. They still operate from these beliefs and patterns and are looking for something else that will have them jump to a new way of operating in their life.
Embodying your life, embodying your stories is a powerful form of healing.
A common misperception is that by spending so much time with our life stories, we become further identified with these stories.
Over and over in performance labs, the outcome or culimating experience is just the opposite.
Another common misperception is that prior acting experience would be beneficial to the process
Performance Labs have included a mix of professional actors, amateurs and people who have never stepped foot on a stage. In the end, it is often difficult to access who has no experience and who has loads of experience on stage. Why? Because each person is playing themselves. They are the actor and the character. It becomes the presence they bring to their stories that an audience sees. In fact, when an audience was asked to identify the person on the stage who was the professional actor, the majority of them identified the person who had never been on a stage.
How can this be?
One observation is that a nonactor has no learned behaviors that they use when standing in front of a group of people. Also, because they do not identify with being an actor, there is less ego, and therefore less pressure they put on themselves to show up a certain way onstage. By the same token, many professional actors have learned 'crutches', behaviors and 'schticks' that help them feel comfortable on stage and these behaviors have often received applause and praise from audiences. When professional actors engage Healing Theatre, they are asked to be authentic, to not put a character on but to take the mask of their personal off. This can be deeply challenging to a professional actor but in the end also very rewarding for they discover a new level of authenticity and vulnerability that will serve them in their work.