Category Workshops

Onmibus Theatre, Clapham Common, London UK

Last Wednesday 20th we went to the D&D event What Are We Going To Do About The Gap Between Commercial And Subsidised Theatre? at Onmibus Theatre in London. 

Lesley, Diana and Depi came to my session, we made 5 dolls while we shared our life experiences and we meditated connecting our heartbeat.

Some comments:

‘How wonderful to be allowed to be still and in the moment!’

‘It was so unexpected, fulfilling and healing. I feel relaxed and a sort of beauty in my heart. Lovely conversation during stuffing the doll and how nice to share our stories. Really adored the experience’

Thank you Sarah and Anabel for holding the space once more, it was a very cosy evening.

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More pics of Tête à Tête The Opera Festival

I asked ‘How would you write down the sound of your heartbeat?’ to opera singers, composers, conductors, directors – people who have sounds at the heart of their lives.

These are their answers:

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Tête à Tête The Opera Festival, London UK

We spent this weekend at Tête à Tête and D&D event ‘How can we change Opera for the better’ at King’s Cross Academy Primary School in London.

Robert, Ian and Sarah came to my session, we made 12 and a half dolls in total, thank you very much!

‘Making the doll with Regina was a calm and individual activity. I enjoyed the feeling of the material and contact with her calm spirit, besos’

I brought different kind of dreams – the long continuous stories and the small quick images that pop up apparently not related with each other. It was nice as people had the option to choose their favourite kind of dream to work with.

I stayed on my own most of the time on Sunday and had the idea to ask everybody this question ‘How would you write down the sound of your heartbeat?’ People answered with some words, some drawings, poetry codes, music notes, scenes… beautiful answers from people who have sounds at the heart of their lives.

I am very grateful to the weather which allowed us to stay outdoors, it was perfect!

and thank you Bill to let us celebrate together 10 years of Tête à Tête The Opera Festival and thank you Sarah and Phelim for holding the space for us, a relaxed and amorous atmosphere throughout the weekend, thank you!

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Regents Place, London UK

Last Thursday we met at Regents Place at the D&D event ‘Let’s Find Ways To Elevate Lbtq+ Voices, So They Carry The Same Weight In Theatre As The Gay Cis-Male Voice’. It was an invitation from Amie Taylor, Editor-in-Chief at The LGBTQ Arts Review.

I called my session, Cesia, Grace, Sarah, Marie, Anabel and Ellie came to make a doll, we made 6 in total. It is incredible how much I love to run these workshops, seriously, I feel can do it forever.

Amongst our conversation we shared a delicate moment talking about family members that we love so much, how difficult it is to step back and let them go away, how much we miss them and the moments we shared in the past and how much we hope they will come back one day. It was wonderful to open up our hearts and share how painful this process can be no matter how much we understand about it. We also shared feeling male and female at the same time, how much it gives the person a special broader understanding about gender but how much the person still feels ashamed about it.

Some comments:

Everyone’s heart is different.

I’ve taken a soul and filled it with dreams on a lovely evening with very wise and astute company. 

I feel like I’m part of something very beautiful, rare and very human, and I am honoured. 

Thank you for seeing beauty where other people see trash. Thank you for seeing potential where other people see nothing. Thank you for taking my hopes, nightmares, feverdreams, flights of imagination, naps and nights awake and giving them a new life, spinning our dreams into the kind of art that will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who comes into contact with it. And thank you most of all for letting me be included! It makes me so happy.

I feel peaceful – thank you for this evening.

Lovely meeting you Regina. Occasionally you meet someone who gives you the opportunity to look at life in a different way. Those moments are very rare, but this moment for me was one of them.

Thank you so much Sarah and Anabel for holding the space for us – first time Anabel lead the big circle introduction and it was brilliant, thank you!

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Triton Square, London UK

We went yesterday to the D&D event ‘What can we all do about underrepresentation of working class actors in the arts?’ at Triton Square, London.

There were a only one group where all the conversations happened practically the whole evening.

We talked a lot about how working class actors feel discriminated against in castings – is it ‘casting’ a good word? How their education limit their exposure to the arts, how they struggle financially to support themselves in drama training and so on. Many ideas came out to help resolving all the issues.

Ben observed the power of the collective represented by the one only group.

I made 4 dolls which are now filled by the collective enthusiasm and courage to change what needs changing.

Thanks Ben and Anabel for holding the space for all of us.

 

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New Diorama Theatre, London UK

Yesterday we went to the D&D event ‘How do we engage artists & Autism Spectrum Disorder in the room?’  in a gorgeous space of New Diorama Theatre, London.

When Lee introduced the event he talked about the giraffe. For some reason nobody talks about it for ages, there isn’t even a picture of it! Lee likes the giraffe, so do I. I am happy he reminds us about this beautiful animal and behaviour.

Jenny and Hannah came to my session, we made 4 dolls. We shared an unexpected emotional moment about Shakespeare, luckily we were prepared to be surprised!

This is the very first D&D event my daughter Gabi attended. She is doing an internship at the National Autism Society. She said the event was very insightful for her. So happy to have her at the event I love so much.

We ended up everybody in one only conversation group. Lee said that in 13 years it was the first time it happened.

I felt everybody were genuinely grateful with lots of hope in our closing circle.

Thank you Hannah and Jenny for our special moment together and thank you D&D for making essential conversations happen again.

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National Theatre Studios, London UK

We met last Friday in another great D&D event ‘Old Actors – How Can We Play Our Part?’ at the National Theatre Studios in London.

I called a session ‘Dreams and Hearts – is there age for them?’

Pernille, Paddy, Nikikay, Aladin, Simon and someone I don’t know the name came to the session. Most of us put dreams and hearts into the dolls and we meditated with them. We made 8 dolls in total. Thank you!

Some comments

‘Dreams and hearts have to do with life experience, not age in numbers. They can change or be fulfilled as time goes by (or stay the same)’

‘Heart is the root of everything. It’s what life is about – love’

We can play our part doing what our body, which is full of dreams and has a heart, asks us to do. I am going to keep making my dolls and I’ll dance again.

Lots of courage to all of us.

 

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2016 Cufos Community Centre, Muswell Hill, London, UK

Last year Vici, Naiara, Fiona and Nicola came to Cufos to make dolls. Nicola came to almost all the workshops, she is a loyal supporter of the project, thank you all! We made and meditated 42 dolls in total.

We met every last Friday of the month as we did in 2015. We had inspiring conversations sharing our feelings and stories. It is amazing how healing it is to be together.

The jazz band rehearsed every night in the room next door, like it always do.

I like going to Cufos, I like our routine, I am happy we are going to restart today.

See you there.

http://cufos.org.uk/Activities/Special%20Interest.html


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Some more comments and pics at The Passenger Shed, Bristol UK

‘Is it a male or female?’ ‘Maybe a bit of both’. The part of the face we can see is eye-closed, peaceful. Unwilling at first. Mind elsewhere, somewhere else to – someone to – thing to – and yet don’t talk to me. Leave me alone. Stuffing dreams into cloth. Sitting in a small circle of women. A circle of no focus. There is no point. Push the stuffing right down, tight pack the cloud. It has to stand upright, firm. In me, there’s a melting. That wasn’t the intention. We didn’t know what was needed and it happened anyway. Words bubble and telescope around as the little body becomes firmer, plumper, more ready to stand. She asks me how, about my writing. My passion! She has heard pull of that thread at my heart and wants to investigate it. Tenderly she pulls that thread. ‘Passion is not always a joy’, she tells me. The guardian of the dolls! ‘It’s in the word’. I have placed my heart, it is big and in the right place. The point of the needle finds its place, pulls this stitch, and the next, and another. It was a big area needing completion- but not a problem! No! Our journey. Special scar. Thank you Regina x.’ 

‘I sat meditating. Part of me knows that I’m still at D&D in Bristol. I know I have my hand on my right wrist, feeling my heartbeat. My right thumb is placed on the heart of the doll I have helped to make. It’s in my palm. I hold it. And right now I’m held inside D&D. Within my meditation I hear talk about community, about a larger connection to the world, about a reason. I also hold a reason, a connection and a community now in my hand – you have made me part of a community with this doll, but also you’ve let me make a community. Thank you.’

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The Passenger Shed, Brunel’s Old station, Bristol UK

We spent an amazing weekend at D&D12, this year at The Passenger Shed, Brunel’s Old Station, in Bristol.

I called a session for people to help me to put dreams and hearts into my dolls. I’ve just started to make the dolls transparent, the dreams are now visible.

Yanai, Caroline, Joy, Lizzie, Nicky, Finn, Elspeth, Emma, Kerrie, Vic, Sarah, Kate, Jack, Richard, Kaiya, Ben, Amerie, Tanuja, Catherine, Kate, Emma, Roxana, Naomi came to the session.

We’ve been working on the third community of dolls. We made 20 dolls this weekend.

We’ve reached 1468 dolls in total already!!!

Jennifer joined the dolls and brought her project, I absolutely love this project, she writes down people’s personal fairy tales. We stayed together with our projects for some hours, it was a bliss. She also made the most beautiful signature book for us, I loved it!

One of the comments reminded me the old times when there wasn’t the split between work and holidays. That’s what we feel when we make dolls, there’s no separation anymore, work and pleasure are together again.

In the last big circle Ridley asked ‘how do the dolls stand up?’ I tell you Ridley, because they stand up together, they support each other. If any of them give up many will collapse, sometimes all of them, so the magic is to stand up together and do not give up to help one another.

Some comments:

‘This was just what I needed to do. To sit and make and talk and share thoughts. Thank you.’

‘I had a really fantastic experience. The way people talk and connect when they are making together is invaluable. Thank you! I wish there was more making at D&D!’

‘Interesting conversation and thoughts. The figure is the same  kind of size as Gilda was.’ 

‘Thank you for the choice to sit and talk about dolls, dreams, hearts and puppets. It has also a time to reflect on the hearts in my family – near and far, biological and artistic.’ 

‘Thanks Regina  for this chance to try something new and inspirational. I loved the fact that I’ve put dreams and a heart into a doll.’ 

‘Check Shrouds of the Somme, 19240 individually wrapped dolls to commemorate the people who died on the first day of the battle. Rob Heard based in Somerset.’ 

‘We are the giants bringing tiny nation to life. Breathing dreams into them and kick starting their existence with our pulse energy. Be happy together tiny people. Peace and love are your watchwords. They are everything.’

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Thank you so much to everybody who made dolls and to everybody who made this brilliant event happen once more, at this time in this beautiful space in Bristol. Thanks to Sarah, Ben, Anabel, Nick, Lee and Phelim, and lots of other Sarahs, Robert, Jen and many others, much love to you all.

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