The dreamer and the observer

“The inner witness and the outer dreamer”

Masterclass for the KDTA dance therapy in Seoul. May 30th, 2013, 15:00-18:00-KDTA office.

The workshop will look at dance improvisation from the performance perspective of the inner witness and the outer dreamer in relationship to space/time and choices. We will look specifically at:

I.         The Perception of space: our general perception of space is primarily a re-composition of the actual space by the brain, it is important to train the visual organs: the eyes and the kinesthetic sensing to remain in a more present and accurate relationship to the actual space and to develop the Attention. (That is not memory based information about the space)

II.         The Perception of time: the perception of time as we experience it, varies depending on the functioning state of the brain, which we call as well “Attention”. When we are experiencing something new, often time feels expanded, we lose track of duration. The malleability of time generates the ability to be “at the right place, at the right moment”, which is called serendipity or “Kairos” by the ancient Greek (meaning taking the opportunity of the right moment for action). In that sense we can look at time as multi dimensional ways of being present in the here and now.

III.         The inner Witness makes choices: as dance therapists we know how being aware of inner sensations, feelings and inner dialogues is important. In Authentic movement we call this aspect of the psyche The Witness. For improvisation performance we need the inner witness to work in close relationship with the perception of space and time. The ability to choose, to engage into different actions in movement are what is going to become the dance piece, the choreography, the dramaturgy and the Art of improvising.

IV.         Projecting the outer Dreamer in space: as the inner Witness originates from a self-sense, for performing we need to expand and project our inner world and creativity in space and time. The inner Dreamer is the creative aspect of the psyche, the inspiration that can be conscious or unconscious. The inner Dreamer reveals layers of meanings, imaginary world, images, presences, and emotions as creative parts of our being.

We will first begin with a warm up and experientially study the above elements during the three hours. A time for questions will be possible after the workshop.

The “dreamer and the observer” is research project that will happen in January 31 and February 14 and 21 2013 in the afternoon in Amsterdam and where I would be very please to welcome you.It is organized by the interdisciplinary instant composition platform
more info: What are the Carpet Sessions? / Where is the studio? (click here)

This project aims to develop a methodological approach that would facilitate dance music performances creation by giving a specific framework based on the archetypal notions of the “Dreamer” and the “Observer”.

The point of departure for this research originates from my experience as a dance performer, with extended experience in improvisation approaches, and from the work of Authentic Movement, philosophy and phenomenology, Vipassana meditation, neurosciences research, Shamanism, Continuum Movement, the Jungian and humanistic approaches in psychology.

When I refer to the “observer” I mean the internal witness, the voice of our inner self, perceivable through feelings and sensations. The “observer” give us a sense of self and being present in the here and now. The Observer is at the core of the experience.

When I refer to the “dream” or the “dreamer” I mean the creative capacity of the psyche to project sensations, feelings, images…it is a mental activity that we experience in everyday life when our thoughts navigate between insights, memories, mental projections, creation of futures and imagination. The dreamer’s space is dimensional, virtual, endless, and infinite.

The first stage is to be aware of impulses, and to locate from which places they come from. We use impulses originating from the body or the mind through imagination and sensory awareness; it becomes the primary source of the dream.

We project the content of the dream into a performing space of awareness, with the help of the observer. The goal is to project these impulses in the room and to manifest them physically in a creative and performing act.

These impulses may come from a physical, emotional, mental or unconscious place, the “observer” is in charge of tracking and locating them in our system and to give permission and consciousness for the “dream” to unfold. The “dream” is actualized through creative expression of movements, sounds, dances, play, characters, actions or anything that is manifested through possible forms of body’ expressions.

This approach follows psycho-physiological processes as a base for a creative action, more than a technical approach. The performance is then not based on technical mastery but upon the capacity to create within oneself clear and strong imagery, dance, theater and situations that will engage an audience.

The method becomes then appropriate for amateur, non-professional or for anybody wanting to explore his or her creativity, and more largely it is a performing approach giving to individuals ways to perform their own potential.

I hope we can share some of the research together and I am looking forward to meet all artists or not interested in this process.

For participation, please email me at

First try out during Magpie’summer course (Katie Duck-Alfredo Genovesi) 2012.

Video Michael Evans.