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Dreams, Creativity, and Theatre
Join us for our next Saturday day-long event on Oct 19th! We are excited to host noted dream researcher Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. We will start with a dream circle at 10:AM, have a potluck lunch (bring something to share), and then spend the afternoon exploring dreams and creative performance.
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Dreaming is a kind of play, the imaginative play of the mind during sleep. The playful dynamics of dreaming influences and inspires artistic creativity, with live theatre providing a vibrant space for collective dreaming. We will look at the role of dreaming in actor training, the dream-like qualities of attending a live performance, and better and worse ways of staging plays that foreground dreaming.
I will share what I have learned from working over the past several years with several groups of performing artists and one group in particular, the Dream Mapping Project. This international group of artists is devoted to a collaborative project on dreaming and multi-cultural identity. The artists share a “big dream,” and then playfully explore and enact that dream in ever greater depth, from an ever wider variety of perspectives. We will have the chance to explore one of their exercises for ourselves in dream-inspired theatrical performance.
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., is a dream researcher and author with a background in the psychology of religion. He is director of the Sleep and Dream Database (SDDb), a Senior Editor of the journal Dreaming, and a former President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. He is author and editor of several books, including The Wilderness of Dreams (1994), An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming (1997) Dreaming Beyond Death (2006), Dreaming in the World’s Religions (2008), Lucid Dreaming (2014), Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion (2016), and Lucrecia the Dreamer: Prophecy, Cognitive Science, and the Spanish Inquisition (2018). He lives in Portland, Oregon.