The Labyrinth and the Incubator – to Lavinia & Ştefana

The incubator

is an apparatus by means of which eggs are hatched by electrical heat. Another meaning relates to a facility designed to foster entrepreneurship and help startup companies, to grow through the use of shared resouces, management expertise, and intellectual capital.

Incubator 107 is a project of some inspired youngsters that “hatches” the eggs of our potential, putting it in motion, in various ways. They are organizing workshops every evening and during week-ends: dancing, archery, handcraft, massage, personal development workshop. Everything and anything that can foster our curiosity, creativity, growth. Their concept is based on openness, sharing and growing together.

To anybody who has a passion they give space to show it and teach it to others. For free. Small donation are recommended to cover logistic expenses, but they try to keep the level of their events through donations. It works so far because their work is great. In the attic of Stefania’s house they have created a magic space where creativity lives, evening by evening, bringing magic in people’s lives.

The labyrinth

is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. It allows access to the center trough an initiatic journey and it also protects the center with its complex setup, thus not allowing those who are not good enough to go to the centre. A labyrinth is an archetype with which we can have a direct experience. We can walk it. It is a metaphor for life’s journey. It is a symbol that creates a sacred space and place and takes us out of our ego towards our Self.

Labyrinth theatre is an interactive, site-specific and context-oriented type of theatre. The actual performance comes out as an itinerary in which every spect-actor gets involved individually, interacting directly with spaces, people and artefacts. And the process throughwhich a ‘labyrinth’ is assembled is great non-formal and informal training: because it’s highly participative, because it brings out plenty of individual creativity and integrates it in the work of a fabulous team, it’s fun and it works and you’d better see that for yourself.

It has arrived in Bucharest thanks to Lavinia, Stefania and Bogdan who were trained in Milan, 3 years ago, thanks to a grant for youth development from an NGO. Thay were there, they learned the process and now they are teaching other and allowing many more to experience this type of unusual “theatric” setup, in Stefania’s house, at Hala Traian area. Recreating thus Eliade’s phantastic Bucharest, full of epihanies and meaningful encounters, turning theater into what once was: a way to redeem your soul by reconecting with a mythical world of symbols and ritual.

The experience

 I had going into the labyrinth theatre show on the night of the 7th of January was amazing. I felt like an initiate going blindly into a journey of discovery, experiencing the elements, death and rebirth – a rite of passage performed in the 21st century by 25 y.o. offering this opportunity to others like them. Where are the ancient wise people meant to perform this? Maybe we don’t need them anymore… We should just connect to the wisdom within, trust our steps will go the right way and just live the magic of the new experience.