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Improvisation Theatre

As work concerned with the individuation of groups and organisations, ProcessFacilitation continually shapes one’s own authentic process. Doing so renders its boundary towards individual psychology fluid and provides the work with a therapeutic sensibility. Groups and organisations, however, often acquire their right to exist primarily from the consensus world; this means that their identity is more strongly threatened when working with deeper processes than is the case for individuals.

Under such conditions, we have discovered the benefits of combining Processwork with improvised role-play. We experience the different aspects of our personality (as well as functions within organisations) in any case as roles. Roles are manifestations of particular systemic aspects – they are simultaneously more and less than the representatives of these aspects. Declaring roles explicitly allows for the creation of a well-measured distance between the process and the individual.

Doing so means that for our particular approach it is rather more like process guidance, supervision and coaching, and allows for a more systemic exploration of signals and processes. Furthermore, when encountering signals of a diverse nature we are also able to draw on the substantial experience of improvisation theatre as well as a vast inventory of activities in improvisation. The latter are also fantastic training for our spontaneous creativity and for entering into dreamlike non-consensus reality.

We feel particularly connected to the work of Keith Johnstone, who with his life-affirming approach and respect for the significance of each individual is very close to Processwork’s principle of metaskills.
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