Taste of the Archetypes 

Virtual Workshops

 
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Peta Lily - 

Archetype Journey: 

Death as Gatekeeper

(including the Carnival Dance) 

November 13

1 - 3 New York Time; 10 - Noon LA Time; 6 - 8 London Time

ASWA is happy to introduce a new Archetype Practitioner Peta Lily: 

"How I came to work with the Archetypes

I found and bought a collection of Archetype masks and worked using Janet and Frankie’s  ‘Acting and Singing with Archetypes’, using with my unique style of physical theatre (a synthesis of my various fields of training: movement, mime, dance, immersive improvisation, Butoh dance - plus actor and director training with Mike Alfreds). I apply text work with the Archetypes, using a methodology of embodied voice*. Since 2020, I have been teaching online without the masks.


Inspirations for the Death Archetype

"The inspiration to add Death to the selection of Archetypes came from finding a Carnival papier mâché Skull mask in Shakespeare’s Globe Gift shop. Deeper inspirations were laid long before that. When I once saw a memento mori object in a museum - an ancient carved and painted half-and-half figure: a beautiful maiden on one side and a skeleton on the other. I learned about the Day of the Dead while touring Mexico in the 80’s. I lost a relative at that time and found the tradition of honouring and celebrating both helpful and uplifting. Cultural references to Death and its links to other Archetypes abound: Goethe’s chilling Erlkonig poem where Death interacts with a Child; Mahler’s Death and the Maiden Quartet; and Death plays chess with a knight (a Hero?) in Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal. As a practitioner with specialism in comedy, the carnival aspect of Death appeals to me. Humans love to experience the frisson of fear as well as the release and catharsis of laughter. One of Disney’s early Silly Symphonies creates spooky fun with dancing skeletons. In 1969, the artist activist Dario Fo wrote Mistero Buffo (a comedic version of the Mystery plays) which has a comedic scene between Death (portrayed as female) and the Fool.


1. Playful Preparation: As a physical preparation for the Death journey, I draw on the carnivalesque aspect and invite people to gain ownership of the ‘boogey-man’ aspect of death with a fun, jaunty and liberatingly grotesque ‘dance of the bones’.


2. Visualising and Embodiment: I invite participants to envisage Death-as-Doorkeeper. This uses an experience gained from practicing Dina Glouberman’s ‘Imagework’.** Dina led us on a journey to meet Death and the group were empowered to find how calming it was to find that Death is just a doorkeeper, rather than a figure of horror, they are patiently, pragmatically doing their job. I use an process of intuitive visualisation, then a transformational ‘stepping-in’. People are invited to visualise and embody Death in their own way and in any gender expression.

The mantra I use is: ‘I am the inevitable.’


3. The Journey (guided immersion):

Participants are guided to experience a ‘day in the life’ of Death, in a drab, Kafka-esque office, encountering characters one by one (there are resonances with other Archetypes) and doing his/her/their job as door keeper to the other side."


About Peta Lily

Peta Lily is a UK-based award-winning performer, theatre maker, director and workshop leader.

She teaches at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as well as leading her own open courses. She teaches Clown, mask work and physical theatre and has developed the new genre of Dark Clown.


* Lily’s Emotion Zone work has been inspired by Roy Hart via Barb Jungr, David Glass, John Wright and Mike Alfreds’ work with centres of energy.

** Imagework, uses the body-mind’s ability to access knowledge intuitively by inviting in images/sensings/metaphors which can reveal helpful information underlying issues. A series of process steps often results in startlingly helpful insights and lead to life transformation.

This year’s series of “Tasting” workshops on Zoom is being offered to anyone who wishes to participate, free of charge. Teachers are donating their time to create and lead these online experiences.

We’re starting a scholarship fund to help support attendance for at least one or two participants in next summer’s Archetypes Intensive on beautiful Cape Cod. This weeklong workshop, taught by the work’s creators and certified teachers, promises to be an event to remember. As past intensives have taught us, experiencing the work in this way, in the company of other artists, can be life changing.

Please consider donating $10 or $25 to this fund as you make plans to participate with us online. 

At the end of the Zoom series, we will assess how much is in the fund and how many scholarships we might be able offer. We will then open an application process for anyone who is interested. 

We look forward to sharing this work with you, online and in person!

Thank you.

 

Sheila Gordon Huntress Journey January 22

1 - 3 New York Time; 10 - Noon LA Time; 6 - 8 London Time

Info here ...

This year’s series of “Tasting” workshops on Zoom is being offered to anyone who wishes to participate, free of charge. Teachers are donating their time to create and lead these online experiences.

We’re starting a scholarship fund to help support attendance for at least one or two participants in next summer’s Archetypes Intensive on beautiful Cape Cod. This weeklong workshop, taught by the work’s creators and certified teachers, promises to be an event to remember. As past intensives have taught us, experiencing the work in this way, in the company of other artists, can be life changing.

Please consider donating $10 or $25 to this fund as you make plans to participate with us online. 

At the end of the Zoom series, we will assess how much is in the fund and how many scholarships we might be able offer. We will then open an application process for anyone who is interested. 

We look forward to sharing this work with you, online and in person!

Thank you.

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Olisa Enrico Creator/Destroyer March 19

1 - 3 New York Time; 10 - Noon LA Time; 6 - 8 London Time

Info here...

This year’s series of “Tasting” workshops on Zoom is being offered to anyone who wishes to participate, free of charge. Teachers are donating their time to create and lead these online experiences.

We’re starting a scholarship fund to help support attendance for at least one or two participants in next summer’s Archetypes Intensive on beautiful Cape Cod. This weeklong workshop, taught by the work’s creators and certified teachers, promises to be an event to remember. As past intensives have taught us, experiencing the work in this way, in the company of other artists, can be life changing.

Please consider donating $10 or $25 to this fund as you make plans to participate with us online. 

At the end of the Zoom series, we will assess how much is in the fund and how many scholarships we might be able offer. We will then open an application process for anyone who is interested. 

We look forward to sharing this work with you, online and in person!

Thank you.

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