In May 2009 Theatr Cynefin hosted an international seminar of theatre practitioners at Llangollen, North Wales. Theatr Cynefin (www.cynefin.org) had been delivering Sensory Labyrinth Theatre (SLT) projects for 8 years and at that seminar many of the younger participants wanted to go deeper into this work in a more formal way. To this end a network was formed with the intention to facilitate projects that explored different applications of the processes involved in creating SLT and to develop initiatives that grew out of what was discovered through our joint efforts.
This network, called The Republic of the Imagination, supported many emerging artists to build their own practices and create several SLT companies in Romania, Portugal, Bulgaria and Estonia: all helping to define this innovative field.
Since then, with several collaborative projects and meetings under our belt, what we do and what we are for has become clearer.
“Before they are able to enter a new story, most people—and probably most societies as well—must first navigate the passage out of the old. In between the old and the new there is an empty space. It is a time when the lessons and learnings of the old story are integrated. Only when that work has been done is the old story really complete. Then, there is nothing, the pregnant emptiness from which all being arises. Returning to essence, we regain the ability to act from essence. Returning to the space between stories, we can choose from freedom and not from habit.”
― Charles Eisenstein, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible
We are living in a time of transition from a paradigm which no longer works for us or for our planet. But it is an uneasy change that needs supporting with sensitivity and creativity. Happily, many forms are emerging or are being recalled to help us e.g.mindfulness, co-production, theatre of the oppressed, open space technology. The Republic of the Imagination exists to explore, integrate and deliver some of these transformative processes to support people and society through this transition.
Our USP is not just in how we harmoniously integrate these forms in a theoretical framework that combines cognitive neuroscience, peace building, non-duality and quantum physics but in our consistent ability to produce transformative spaces that enable participants to experience this integration directly.
“To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended directly and unconditionally by Mind at Large — this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual.”
― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell