by David Anderson
In July 2016, members of the Beijing Drama and Inner Development group explored Greek gymnastics, scenes and speeches from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, imaginary centers, the four elements, color, and improvisation (among other things) as part of the 3rd module of their 3-year course. They also gave themselves a name: “8:12” or “The 8:12 Ensemble”. And they offered their first public sharing of their work, which was attended by sixty people.
The module started as a kind of 5-day retreat in a country village on the outskirts of Beijing, where we stayed in two buildings, had a big open field to move in and run, jump, wrestle, and throw discus and javelin. We shared meals, endured the sweltering heat, and deepened the ensemble. For the last two days, we moved to a theater in central Beijing, in the old town. For many, it was the first time performing before an audience, but our weeks of building the substance of our group and learning to listen to the creative space between us had forged a trust that allowed them to create something together. It also gave the audience a lively evening of sonnets, scenes, singing, and improvisation. We created a kind of open studio, where we could take audience suggestions for improvisation, show how we work, and try scenes in different ways.
This week our work in Asia continues in Tianjin, where David Anderson and Yuan-rong Liao are giving a workshop with teachers from seven schools throughout the city. These teachers will explore the elements of Drama and Inner Development to support their relationships and their teaching.
在村裡的日子，大家一起散步去吃素菜，一起承受著暑氣，一起準備著進城的分享會。 除了3位學員選擇交通往返，其他都住在同一大戶人家中，彼此的感情及連結都在潛移默化中深深地紮了根。 特別謝謝村邊大草原，我們跑著、跳著，練習著角力、鐵餅和標槍，找著這些運動和我們在戲劇及言說中的內在關聯性。 詩句的生命，和空間角力，內在姿態的轉換，傾聽自己內在的真實，接受彼此當下的狀態，覺察著場上的需要，在我們的《莎士比亞與即興之夜》實踐了那些感官練習，圓滿了學習過程，連結上自己、夥伴、觀眾、及更大的整體，甚至連結上了更高的意識和 愛 。 我們在一起探索著，共享著彼此的學習和問題，消化著。 不完美也沒有關係，都是我們的成長點，讓我們可以感受那方向，前進。 至少我們知道那些”中心”的滋味如此不同，實力漸增的我們都會逐步邁向自由，知道一切操之在我，能聽見氛圍，能選擇轉換，能看見節奏，能聞見飯菜香，能夠信任，信任這些工作在我們之中會繼續為我們指點迷津。能夠感謝，感謝最後一日在村裡的太陽，學著不抵抗，識別出那溫暖，是能量，是存在，是在你我之中的支持。 感念一切。 祝福812，日日時空相見。