Liminality is crucial. This space or state of in-between, transition, threshold, uncertainty, unknown, potential, chaos, upside down, not anymore, not yet, weder noch, sowohl als auch, border, transgression, nothing, everything.
It can be perceived in all ritual, all transformation process, all change.
For every change, there is a kind of symbolic death in the separation from the old, so that the new can be entered.
Between the old to be farewelled and the new to be welcomed, between the old structure not anymore and the new structure not yet, there is this space of anti-structure, small or big, short or long, on an individual or a collective, societal level.
To give it some attention, some time and space, to move in it for a while, to accept deconstruction before constructing anew, seems to be a good thing for the process.
Liminality is irritation, disorientation, opening. A zone of potential, possibility. Danger and play. A place where we can accept contradiction and paradox, a simultaneity of oppositions.
We are there when we dream, when we play, when we create art.
The unknown can make us panic, the incertain can make us insecure, the lack of answers can drive us towards all too clear assertions, the unformed and undefined can make us rigidly cling to the known and the habit. But they are not anymore. The rock under our stiff fingers is crumbling away, soon we will be falling, falling…
Between the solid earth of one shore and the other, there is a water to cross. Let’s take a swim or a dive.
Let’s surrender to the unknown, acknowledge the fear of it, while maintaining the ability to move, act, be conscious, be alive.
I invite you to a little moment of movement with a taste of liminality.
Some simple rules for the frame, then just listen and move in resonance, no right or wrong, beyond nice or clumsy.
Liminality – Surrender to the Unknown
8 Oct. 2021 | 13:20
- Stefanie Lorey (ZHdK)
- Yvonne Schmidt (ZHdK)
Born 1980 in Tel Aviv. Theatre, film and media studies, cultural anthropology and general linguistics at the universities of Cologne and Paris (graduated as Magistra Artium in 2006).
Directing assistant in theatre, dance, opera and film productions (Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Stuttgart State Opera Württemberg, etc.).
Drama therapist (DGfT reg.), alternative practitioner for psychotherapy (Heilpraktikerin Psychotherapie).
Acting and performing (since 1999) throughout Europe (Berliner Theatertreffen, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Schauspiel Leipzig, Steirischer Herbst Graz, Schauspiel Köln, Volkstheater Wien, Wiener Festwochen and more).
Directing (since 2007): i. a. 2015 ‘Sieben Räume Unbegreifen – Dokumentarisch-theatrale Installation über Völkermord und Menschlichkeit’ at Theaterhaus Jena (Federal Cultural Foundation), ‘Rooms of Humanity’, Creative Court Den Hague / De Balie Amsterdam, and 2016 co-directing ‘Wir Hunde / Us Dogs’ with Signa Köstler, SIGNA / Volkstheater Vienna / Wiener Festwochen (Nestroy Prize), and more.
Community Theatre, pedagogical and therapeutical theatre and dance work in several contexts.
Lecturer and trainer in universities and academies (since 2000), among others HMT Academy of Music and Theatre Rostock, HKT Academy of Art Therapy Nürtingen, Academy of Cultural Education Remscheid, and more.
2017 – 2018 Artistic guest professorship in the drama therapy study course, HfWU Nürtingen-Geislingen.
Several years of theoretical and practical investigation of rituals.
Doctoral student at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the University of the Arts Graz (KUG) since autumn 2020.