Designing Presence offers a unique insight into the training that has helped people around the world to cultivate more presence in both professional and personal settings. It explains the research behind the method of Towards Vivencia, shares stories of how it has been implemented and offers practical exercises to apply it in any context.
Presence is something that is often talked about but is difficult to pin down. We have all experienced moments when we felt one with what we are doing and with our environment. However, this feeling is usually fleeting and we don’t know when or how we will experience it again. Towards Vivencia is the first methodology of its kind to train performers to locate and replicate that specific state of consciousness associated with presence and peak performance. Based on over 20 years of experience, combined with research in anthropology, philosophy and the latest advances in neuroscience, Towards Vivencia enables performers to become fully engaged with their experience in order to operate at their highest possible level.
This book aims to equip readers with the ability to actively design their experiences and create lasting changes not only in how they approach performance but also how they approach their everyday lives.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Bottle, The Rope and the Neuron
Entering: Approaching Designing
Acquiring the Necessary Skills
Demystification of the Art of Performance
Staying: Inhabiting Presence
Games are Very Serious Things
Multitasking to Unitasking
Exiting: Integrating Towards
Final Words: This is Not the End, But the Beginning
Jorge Crecis holds a degree in Sport Sciences and a PhD in non-ordinary states of consciousness from Goldsmiths University of London. As a choreographer, he has been commissioned by companies such as Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), Beijing 9 Contemporary Dance Theatre (China) and Acosta Danza (Cuba).
Bridget Lappin is a dance artist based in London, UK. She received First Class BA Hons and MA degrees from London Contemporary Dance School and has performed with Bern Ballet, Peut-Être Theatre and the Glyndebourne Opera Festival. She is the Assistant Director of Towards Vivencia.
‘There are individuals who dare to dream and put it into action. Jorge is one of them.’ - Julyen Hamilton
‘When I founded Acosta Danza, it initially felt like two companies, one trained in ballet, the other in contemporary dance. Working with Jorge and his methodology, it definitely helped them merge into one.' - Carlos Acosta