We are an applied participative arts organisation that has pioneered a methodology of working with communities, called Sensory Labyrinth Theatre. With projects throughout Europe, in partnership with diverse people of all ages and abilities, Cynefin has created theatre events that have led audiences to report –
“One lives and thinks differently after walking through the Labyrinth”
“…feel I am complete in some way.”
“I remain speechless… it will remain inside me, settling ideas, and whenever they are activated, everything I learnt will emerge and your work will be transformed into really important actions”.
Inspired by the work of Theatre Anthropologist Enrique Vargas, Sensory Labyrinth Theatre is a participative arts process that leads to the creation of a site-specific installation performance.
Audiences enter the instillation alone and journey on a winding path along which they encounter ‘sensory portals.’ These portals are co-created with community volunteers or professional artists through research methods Cynefin have developed. In the dark spaces of the Labyrinth these encounters help intensify the travellers’ senses and awaken in them a renewed appreciation of the kind of aliveness remembered from childhood.
What we find is that people who engage with our work report greater confidence, clarity, joy, peace and aspiration. But even more than this is a feeling of having touched something deep inside of themselves, something sustaining which was always there but hidden by the day to day debris of modern day stresses. Reacquainting with this inner strength creates a strong and sometimes unspoken bond between people. For the groups who have co-created the event the opportunity to give this profound experience to others allows for a deep sense of connection and a feeling of boundless capacity to grow.