State of EmergenceExperiments in Group Ritual Dynamics
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State of Emergence is a compendium of methods drawn from physical theatre, dance, vocalization and ritual practices to gain access to the internal landscape of impulses, emotions and sensations in the body. This somatic work offers a dynamic visceral interpretation of Carl Jung's "active imagination" for making the Unconscious, conscious in movement, vocalization and action. The dogma-free bias of this ritual technology can be integrated into any ritual, dance, movement or theatre practice in need of greater depth of inner work. It can also serve those who are ready to start their own group with five rituals, from the least to the most challenging: Verticality, The 4 Elements, The Dreaming Ritual, Shadow Work, and Ritual of the Muses Dialogue. Ritual methods include The Five Intentions, No-Form, Conscious Projection, Sourcing, Space Forming, Presence Actions, Boundarywork, Non-directional Jogging, and much more. This book also includes stories from those who have done this work, the author’s personal ritual journals, an interview with singer Sylvi Alli on “The Embodied Voice”, the Potential Dangers of ritual work and much more...
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This new form of Ritual Theatre developed by Antero Alli is uniquely a product of our eclectic and revolutionary age. It is very, very old and very, very new. To enter Anter's magic circle is to experience that kind of time-warp: you become one with the first paleolithic shamans dancing to the bear-god, you will know yourself here now as you have never known yourself before, and you plunge into science-fiction futures in which humanity is expanded mentally and physically beyond our wildest hopes. Meanwhile, everybody in and out of the theatre can enjoy it and use it right now.
Robert Anton Wilson
Antero Alli has been crafting and exploring group ritual technologies for over forty years, and it shows: State of Emergence presents a singular vision of somatic soul-work designed to enable dancers, performers, and seekers of all stripes to discover the creative sources of myth directly within the moving and interacting body. At a time of profound dislocation, when established ways of being in the world are breaking down, and when too many are lost in hypermedia head-loops, Alli’s no-bullshit, neo-shamanic protocols help restore magic to our flesh.
State of Emergence is a distillation of 45 years of disciplined work on the borderlines of poetry, theater, film and ritual. Throughout this book you'll find tools to break the spells that have been cast on you and that you have cast upon yourself. If you have been searching for the links among ancient ritual, the stage, and modern cinema, or a personal practical spellbook, then get State of Emergence and get to work!
In this visionary book, Antero Alli lays out his original methodology of performance-based ritual. With sections on movement, voice, solo and ensemble improvisation, and ritual, Alli’s method can support and inspire dancers, performance artists, actors and writers who want to gain more freedom and authenticity in their work.
I have been working with Antero’s paratheatrical methods for over twenty years and have always been surprised by what spontaneously springs from their exploration. It reminds me of Jodorowsky’s film work in so many ways, colorful and brutal, complex and unrepentantly blunt. There always seems to be an underlying smile hidden within, gently offering to elevate our secret selves and, subsequently, the underlying shared experience of being on this planet.