We are continuing our conversations with our teacher and friend Paul Rebillot on the topic of the Healing Theatre – the combination of acting and drama, mythology, gestalt therapy, and rituals. For more information about Paul and his work, please visit his website – Direct Impact Creativity.
In this episode, Paul is describing the structure called Death & Resurrection.
The topics covered in this talk are:
- What does Death & Resurrection mean?
- A catapillar turns into a butterfly
- Feeling of body falling apart to come back together again (martial arts)
- Total loss of control. When you confront death, there is nothing you can do except experience it
- Why would you want to experience Death & Resurrection?
- First, the willingness to give everything up
- Idea of Phoenix – letting go of everything
- Confront your death, and resurrection will take care of itself
- Stanislavsky approach
- Best actors put themselves into what they are doing
- “As if true” technique
- As if in four days I’m going to die
- What do you need to do to go into the death as an accomplishment
- The three centers – body
- Body – connecting to the physical world
- Meditation in nature – “Death is certain. It comes without warning. This body will be a corpse.”
- “The Body Mass” – in the evening, touch every part of your body and say good bye to all the parts.
- Next morning, make up wills and give out their posessions.
- Relationships – saying good-bye to everyone
- Last day of life
- Give a gift to yourself
- Write your own funeral
- The 7 most important things in their life to say good-bye to, and 3 things they are glad to get rid of. Bring 10 symbols for those.
- Burning everything and watching the smoke rise to the next life
- Every day people have to be more and more silent – essential silence, only say what’s needed
- The last supper – lifting the silence
- The Last Breath process, the moment of Death. Taking turns.
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