9 – 18/9/2013 10:00-16:00 @ MM Centre

&TD IN RESIDENCY, artistic research laboratory

Cave lions, Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc, in: Werner Herzog, Cave of Forgotten Dreams

‘Community isn’t a property, nor is it a territory to be separated and defended against those who do not belong to it. Rather, it is a void, a debt, a gift to the other that also reminds us of our constitutive alterity with respect to ourselves.’ (R. Eposito, Communitas)

DREAMLAB is a mobile laboratory for research and development of dream and imagery work in the context of performing arts. It serves as a platform where different approaches, practices and methods of work with imagination and body are being applied and developed as performative vehicles for a different production of relationality, creativity and knowledge.The collective formats of work and exchange enable the spaces in-between to unfold and become accessible as a space of potential, a space of unforeseen intelligence and creativity.

DREAMLAB was initiated in 2011 by choreographer Mala Kline in collaboration and with the support of Silvija Stipanov, programmer and producer at SC Zagreb – Culture of Change –&TD Theater, where first encounters took place. Since then it has moved to other spaces and contexts focusing research on different aspects of the work while addressing the potentiality of imagination in its relation to body and its knowledge.

In the current cycle (2013-14) the aim is to work with and develop the practice of collective dreaming and test it in diverse performative set-ups. The practice of collective dreaming is based on specific protocols of opening, embodiment and staging of dreams. The original dream material serves as a temporary source and framework of the collective creative process. The practice of collective dreaming attempts for the recognition of the necessity that drives a specific dream and works with the emerging patterns that unfold in the process of real time composition and collective staging.

The practice of collective dreaming opens up a multidimensional space with a different ecology of connectedness. It opens up a space that allows for an experience of communitas and its potential. The practice is a performative vehicle that allows us to experience and think our relationality differently and practice different modes of collective creation. It is an exploration of the potentiality of the body and imagination to create alternative visions of co-existence.