Mythical Storytelling

“Every life is a piece of art, put together with all means available.”
-Pierre Janet

We start with you, then we create theatre that is mythical, that awakens the imagination and allows us to collectively reach beyond the horizontal line of human drama and into the vertical line of heaven and hell: we will discover the comic and tragic, the mythic and the banal, the beautiful and ugly spaces on that axis. 

In workshops and personal sessions, we will explore how everything we create as artists comes from a questioning of the world and a consequence of our history – myths begin from the ‘stories we tell ourselves’ — My work supports many kinds of people who practice art: from theatremakers, to writers, actors who are seeking to bring their personal narratives to deepen their work, and people who work with creativity and stories.

We will journey together to make our bodies available to intuition and imagination, we will lower our judgments on ourselves and each other, and we will reflect on both our lives and our art. We will combine reflection, imagination and observation of the present moment, allowing the mind and heart to expand the possibilities of image making. We will delve into the rich mythological world inside of ourselves, and bring it out through creative manifestations like writings and drawings. Although I will be facilitating your process of reflection and creation, they will be individual journeys in which you teach yourself.

AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Personal and cultural narratives
  • Creation and dramaturgy of materials
  • Cultivating physical and spiritual freedom in performing and creating
  • Different kinds of narrative and visual stories

ABOUT THE PRACTICE

My work derives from my practice as a yoga teacher, and our ongoing research in applied theatre and movement research with theatre masters including Mary Overlie, David Glass, Matej Matejka and various practitioners under Grotowski’s tutelage. My research in mythical storytelling has been hosted and supported by Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice grant and he Grotowski Institute in Poland. My work is driven by the question “Who am I?”—the conscious individual is consistently engaging in a profound questioning to live their lives with self-awareness and creativity.

TESTIMONIALS

“She is a sensitive and engaging artist and teacher. She encouraged me to connect with myself on a physical and spiritual level during the making process, and not get stuck on the intellectual. The way Betty guides you through the exercises is grounding and creates a safe space to explore deeply and take risks.” –Hannah Kumari, actress/theatremaker

“She takes artists through a really gentle and simple process to tell stories that are true to yourself. She draws from a variety of influences and cultures and has built a practice that is unique and beautiful.” –Nishad More, actor – graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

“She has a sharp eye … she challenged us in a very generous but precise way. ” –Irina Kurbanova, actress – graduate of Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

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