Developmental Transformations (DvT) Workshop Thursday April 15, 7-9pm EST
When thinking of practices that exemplify transformative play, DvT is the first and most vivid example that comes to mind. I was first introduced to DvT in Montreal a few years ago, as it was described to me by some of my acquaintances as a "radical play practice". I was pleasantly surprised by the seeming boundless expressivity and spontaneity that were expressed at these workshops. At one moment we were in a doctor's office saving a patient, who was revived, only then to be murdered by another participant! But the patient was then miraculously saved again by another participant who turned out to be a brilliant inventor, who was then awarded for his efforts, but the award ceremony very quickly turned into a dance party, which then turned into a ski slope, which then turned into a casino, which was soon robbed by a pack of elegant thieves, etc etc etc. In DvT it seemed as if "all play was allowed", like the endless imaginary of our childhood was reopened, tapping into that vital wellspring of dark and beautiful imagery.
On the Montreal DvT website they describe the practice as: a playful, embodied method that increases spontaneity and creativity as well as improving one's ability to relate with others. DvT is based on the principle that all life is unstable and instead of trying to create a false impression of stability, we practice going with the flow and embrace the instability of being. DvT can be used for both therapeutic and life practice purposes.
Workshop Details: For this particular DvT workshop we will begin with a brief intro and a short warmup. Then the main part of the workshop will involve a mixture of facilitated one-on-one and group activities, interspersed with time for written and imagistic reflection. The workshop will take place on Thursday April 15th 2021, from 7-9pm EST. Tickets cost $25. Our workshop will cap at 15 participants, so tickets are limited as well. Please contact The Deep Play Institute for sliding scale options if needed. Tickets can be purchased here.
Facilitator Bio: ME Louis is a queer Dramatherapist from Belgium and lives in Montreal since 2007. They have been doing theatre since they were a teenager and has a bachelor in psychology. They came to Montreal to start the dramatherapy master program and finished it in 2010. They also graduated from the Montreal DvT Institute in 2015 and is co-directing the Institute of Montreal. They have since not stop giving a voice to women’s and queer’s in need like in prison, shelters, at The Y des Femmes de Montreal, to new immigrants, and in a women’s centre where they led groups for incest survivors.They also offers group and individual therapy since 2011 and travel often in Europe and North America to offer dramatherapy workshops.