Dream improvisation

Dream Improvisation

Improvisation Dream is entering into empty space without any previous assumptions.
At the beginning, I ask everyone to leave the room, which will be the space of the Dream. Then I clean the place, turn off the lights and take away unnecessary items.
In the corridor I ask participants to warm up their body and voice. Sometimes we do a sound warm-up and a small physical warm-up together. I recommend to check whether the slowest and quickest movement is available to the participants. I also recommend them to shake their bodies while making a sound, which efficiently removes many blockades. We drift away to our individual work.
Then the room is being opened and the Dream is starting.
Improvisation Dream is the solo improvisation of many people acting in the same space. We begin the Dream by exploring our own state, by meeting the current moment, the current situation. Only when we feel that we have managed to settle in action, that we are approaching being in a stream of impulses, without thinking, without ideas, or simply in action – then we open up to meet other participants of the Dream.
Some participants don’t feel well in Improvisation Dream. It’s mainly because of too much freedom and too much chaos prevailing in the space. For these people I recommend to focus on enclaves, sections of reality that are the areas of action and freedom at a given moment. It is worth changing the size of these enclaves and moving them to other areas. If you expect yourself  to react to everything during the dream, you will probably fail. The amount of stimuli that flow from each side is too large.
In the Dream you must be honest with yourself and your actions. If you lack the strength to meet other people, you can use only meetings with parts of yourself, or with the space or with the objects.
Very often I work with my eyes closed in the Dream. It helps me a lot to focus. It is only when I feel self-assured that I open the channel of sight for exploring it.
The Dream is actually about a kind of devotion to something bigger than you. In the Dream you do not have to make conscious decisions, but to give the weight of decisions to your instinct. Only when you let yourself be guided, your action is gaining immense power.
What is the most difficult is the presence of censorship, observing your actions from a perspective of your everyday life. From this perspective, your behavior is absurd. So if you lose here and now in the improvisation, the action will be automatically censored. You will not be able to allow yourself to connect to your true self, as Buddhists would say.
I always ask the participants to look for contrasts while acting. Without contrasting, there is a danger of laziness and drowsiness. It is worth differentiating the speed of changes for example. For some, it will be incredibly easy to enter into a long episode, then extended to the whole improvisation; for others it will be more natural to constantly jump between the microepisodes. Both of them are valuable. It is worth opposing one and the other.
The Dream lasts as long as the participants want it. I usually hush improvisation when half of the participants leave the space of the Dream.

[Piotr Filonowicz]