Middlesex University, London UK

Regina will be taking Dreams and a Heart to Middlesex University’s Hendon Campus in London, UK, to develop an awareness research at the Global Improvisation Initiative.

Dreams and a Heart will investigate the impact of making dolls and meditation on our natural abilities of ‘attention’ and ‘awareness’.

Launched in 2016, the Global Improvisation Initiative (GII) is a global gathering of improvisers, artists, educators, scholars and activists promoting the evolution and advancement of improvisation.

Two days of workshops, performances, presentations, and round-tables on improvisation around the theme of awareness will be followed by two days of Open Space with Improbable’s Devoted and Disgruntled (D&D).

Alongside Dreams and a Heart, it features contributions from field leaders in improvisation including Improbable, Patti Stiles and Theresa Robbins Dudeck; sessions on improvisation in disaster relief settings and for communication in healthcare; and performances including Keith Johnstone’s Maestro. The full programme is available at https://www.improbable.co.uk/…/global-improvisation-initia…/

GII 2019 runs from 15 – 18 May at Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT

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Dreams sunbathing

Preparing dreams for GII.

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The Actor’s Centre, London UK

Last Saturday we spent the afternoon at The Actor’s Centre in London at the D&D event ‘NOW what are we going to do about European Theatre?’ 

Sarah did a brilliant introduction. I said to her that I am never tired of it, she replied ‘Me neither because it remind us how to live.’ Exactly!!!

Jeremy and Sarah came to my session, we make three dolls in total, two theys and one he.

‘A very calming & meditative experience! Definitely coming back in a future D&D.’

‘When I make a doll, my hands are busy. Somehow my mind opens, my heart opens. I can have a more meaningful conversation + connection with the other makers.’

I also attended the session ‘What does cheer you up?’ It was lovely to have this joyful conversation, to remember what make us happy in this difficulty world scenario.

I am very grateful for another wonderful time we spent together, thank you!

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Royal Academy of Arts, London UK

Last Friday we went to another InPractice event at Royal Academy of Arts in London.

All the artists were fantastic! It was great to see them sharing their work and talking about their artistic processes.

I was specially inspired by the experience of a trans artist. Her work shows many phases of the process since the early days when she became aware of who she was, going thorough her decision to transitioning, the surgery and the experience of recent years as a trans woman. She was so honest and keen to clarify many misunderstandings about gender dysphoria. All the struggle, pain and accomplishment expressed in her art, amazing!

It was also great to follow the experience of an artist who had a stroke that limited him a lot physically. His work is really funny, made us laugh, he showed amazing positivity and sense of humour despite his painful condition.

The makers were Matty, Julia, Vera, Nina and Anahita. We made 5 dolls, I’ll finish them all at home.

‘It made me feel useful. It made me feel calm.’

Thank you so much Molly and Sarah for inviting us, it is always wonderful to attend InPractice

 

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When we dream …

… we play with the stars.

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Boom… boom… Boom… boom

Yesterday a maker said to me:

‘The most valuable and rewarding thing I can do is to heal my heart.’

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Deptford Lounge, London UK

Yesterday we went to Deptford Lounge in London at the D&D event ‘Writting: what do you need, and what can you share?’ 

Jordan, Lesley, Estee, Patrick and Tom came to make dolls, we made 6 in total.  

One of us did a long meditation, over half a hour, everybody went away, the apparently empty room was filled with a peaceful energy… it was beautiful!

‘I really enjoyed making my doll. This is such an innovative, creative, RELAXING way of focusing your energy and making friends!’

‘Wonderful sensory experience. I felt fully engaged with the process, the doll and Regina. Thank you.’

‘I felt a ring of energy pulsing through me into the doll – and back into me. It was powerful and beautiful.’ 

‘The most valuable and rewarding thing I can do is to heal my heart. A beautiful and magical moment. Powerful because it is so simple yet profound. Thank you (from the bottom of my heart).’ 

‘Sometimes the universe gives one a gift. This has been a beautiful process – it has helped me find clarity and reconnect with my body amidst a time of emotional turmoil. I have found ‘the answer’ to the turmoil. Thank you!’ 

I love this project, I love D&D. Thank you so much Sarah and Olivia for holding the space and Jen for the invitation. Once more I feel blessed by our experience together, thank you! 

 

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Cufos & Alexandra Palace

It looks like big Ally Pally takes care of little Cufos.

There is a blue bridge between them.

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Royal Academy of Arts, London UK

We spend another wonderful time at RA InPractice last evening. 

John, Devon, Calliope, Sophie and Joanna joined us and we made 5 dolls. 

They told me they prefer to do something while they pay attention to the presentations so they felt it was great to be invited to make dolls. 

It was the best evening so far in terms of holding the space, it seems I am more aware of the best moments to help them during the process keeping us in silence.  

‘Very powerful holding the pulse. I liked my figure with its weird little legs, thank you.’  

‘Wonderful idea, it captured the essence of humanity. Relaxing and at times frustrating, but throughly enjoyable.’

‘What a wonderful tactile experience. So meaningful the process.’

‘Stuffed my dreams away. Now I feel like I should follow them.’ 

It was lovely to make dolls with all the makers and, as always, it was so inspiring to witness the artists sharing their work. It is an incredible event we are so happy to be part of, thank you! 

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Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, UK

We spent the last weekend of January at the big annual D&D event ‘What are we going to do about Theatre and Performing Arts’ at Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton.

The makers were Teejay, Evaristo, Emília, Holly, Ruby, Izzy, Amber, Roisin, Ellie, Marit, David, Helen, Kate, Angelina, Joseph and Arne,  5 adults, 10 teenagers and 1 child. 

It was really special to receive so many young people during the whole weekend. They joined our session on Saturday, they were very excited about the project. At the meditation part, when I asked them to pay attention to their pulse, they started to laugh a lot. I shared it with Phelim and he said 

‘Well, there are lots of laugh in the heart.’ 

So true!!! 

I loved that many young people came to make dolls, but it was the first time though I felt I needed some help, they were asking for my attention at the same time and I made some of them wait much more than I wanted to. 

We made 16 dolls, 4 of them were finished by the makers, the others I finished myself, mainly sewed the legs, on a calmer session on Sunday. One of the dolls is named Jackson inspired by a session about transgender.  

‘Thank you Regina for letting me be part of your dream-making. It was a soothing and reflective experience – a lovely moment of calm in the middle of the storm!’

‘It was really relaxing and I found it very helpful to calm me down and I think it’s a lovely project to be able to be part in. Thank you so much. I really enjoyed it and I thought you were very kind and helpful and the whole atmosphere was lovely.’ 

‘This was the second doll I made and just like the last time it was a nice moment of rest, time to think of what has been going on that day. It’s a nice project and I hope that many people will join in and help Regina to achieve her goal.’ 

‘Making the doll is being. It is an opportunity to press pause for a moment, take time, reflect, share in stillness, in activity, in conversation. Felling my pulse during the meditation just reminded me that I am alive, I am full of life. What an achievement! Thank you!’

‘Regina and her dolls are always a nice company, helping you to relax, come back to earth, to connect. A very positive vibe is around her, an oasis, meditative centre point of D&D.’

Thank you very much for all the makers and for D&D team who once more organised a brilliant event for all of us, Thank You! 

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