You are warmly welcomed to this online rehearsal space for change. Change cannot come if we don’t practice it. Internal, interpersonal, and collective oppression often hinges on assumptions of silence, conformity, and obedience to both implicit and explicit rules. If we don’t develop fluency and comfort with that moment of conflict, of rule-breaking, of choosing something else under pressure, we are more likely to perpetuate than interrupt the dynamics of oppression.
What if we can bring play, spaciousness, solidarity, witnessing, courage, presence, flow, and curiosity to the moment of disobedience? By rehearsing it, by becoming familiar with its creative potential, by exposing that the emperor wears no clothes, by rewriting our well-worn, fear-drenched neural pathways with new associations of freedom and empowerment, by taking it to the body. After all, if change were exclusively the domain of the cognitive mind, the world would be a very different place.
So come break some rules with me.
Some of the things we'll do include:
Disrupt expectations of Zoom classes
Work with a memory of time you wish you'd broken a rule
Break interpersonal rules of politeness (surely the best use of breakout rooms)
Break rules of space and physics (or at least try)
Discover internal rules that prevent you from taking action
Experience the somatic cycle of disobedient action
PLUS you are hereby asked to show up to this Zoom class already breaking a rule of your own choosing simply by showing yourself on camera (eating drippy cereal, lying in your bed, no bra/makeup, or sitting in a clearly filthy room; whatever is your particular poison)
Omg I'm so excited typing this
The material is inspired by the oeuvre of Theatre of the Oppressed, Social Presencing Theater, Moving White(ness), neurodevelopmental repatterning, somatic movement, biological cues of safety, voicework, and, you know, play.
This class will not be recorded for distribution - live attendance only!
Friday, May 7
6-8:30pm Central European Time (12-2:30pm Eastern)