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Devoted & Disgruntled 12: What Shall We Do About Theatre and the Performing Arts Now?

Help me to put dreams and hearts into my dolls. I've just started to make them transparent, the dreams are now visible.

regina mendes - 15 January 2017

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Yanai, Caroline, Joy, Lizzie, Nicky, Finn, Elspeth, Emma, Kerrie, Vic, Sarah, Kate, Jack, Richard, Kaiya, Ben, Amerie, Tanuja, Catherine, Kate, Emma, Roxana and Naomi came to the session.

We've been working on the third community of dolls. We made and meditated 20 dolls this weekend.

We've reached 1468 dolls in total already!

Jennifer joined the dolls and brought her project, I absolutely love this project, she writes down people's personal fairy tales. We stayed together with our projects for some hours, it was a bliss. She also made the most beautiful signature book for us, I loved it!

One of the comments reminded me of the old times when there wasn't the split between work and holidays. That's what we feel when we make dolls, there's no separation anymore, work and pleasure are together again.

In the last big circle Ridley asked ‘How do the dolls stand up in the middle of the circle?’ I tell you Ridley, because they stand up together, they support each other. If any of them give up many will collapse, sometimes all of them, so the magic is to stand up together and do not give up to help one another.

Some comments:

'This was just what I needed to do. To sit and make and talk and share thoughts. Thank you.'

'I had a really fantastic experience. The way people talk and connect when they are making together is invaluable. Thank you! I wish there was more making at D&D!'

'Interesting conversation and thoughts. The figure is the same kind of size as Gilda was'

'Thank you for the choice to sit and talk about dolls, dreams, hearts and puppets. It has also a time to reflect on the hearts in my family - near and far, biological and artistic'

'Thanks Regina for this chance to try something new and inspirational. I loved the fact that I've put dreams and a heart into a doll'

'Check Shrouds of the Somme, 19240 individually wrapped dolls to commemorate the people who died on the first day of the battle. Rob Heard based in Somerset.'

'We are the giants bringing tiny nation to life. Breathing dreams into them and kick starting their existence with our pulse energy. Be happy together tiny people. Peace and love are your watchwords. They are everything.'

'Is it a male or female?' ‘Maybe a bit of both’. The part of the face we can see is eye-closed, peaceful. Unwilling at first. Mind elsewhere, somewhere else to- someone to- thing to- and yet don't talk to me. Leave me alone. Stuffing dreams into cloth. Sitting in a small circle of women. A circle of no focus. There is no point. Push the stuffing right down, tight pack the cloud. It has to stand upright, firm. In me, there's a melting. That wasn't the intention. We didn't know what was needed and it happened anyway. Words bubble and telescope around as the little body becomes firmer, plumper, more ready to stand. She asks me how, about my writing. My passion! She has heard the pull of that thread at my heart and wants to investigate it. Tenderly she pulls that thread. ‘ Passion is not always a joy’, she tells me. The guardian of the dolls! ‘It’s in the word'. I have placed the heart, it is big and round and in the right place. The point of the needle finds its place, pulls this stitch, and the next, and another. It was a big area needing completion- but not a problem! No! Our journey. Special scar. Thank you Regina x'

'I sat meditating. Part of me knows that I'm still at D&D in Bristol. I know I have my hand on my right wrist, feeling my heartbeat. My right thumb is placed on the heart of the doll I have helped to make. It's in my palm. I hold it. And right now I'm held inside D&D. Within my meditation I hear talk about community, about a larger connection to the world, about a reason. I also hold a reason, a connection and a community now in my hand - you have made me part of a community with this doll, but also you've let me make a community. Thank you.'

Thank you so much to everybody who made dolls and to everybody who made this brilliant event happen once more, at this time in this amazing space in Bristol. Thanks to Sarah, Ben, Anabel, Nick, Lee and Phelim, and lots of other Sarahs, Robert, Jen and many others, much love to you all.

Regina

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