UPCOMING

13 / 10 / 19
007 : The Labour of Libra
EVENT DETAILS

The Annex
13:30 - 18:00

007 / ☉ -> Libra  /
        



Ritual Laboratory     

12 Labours of Herakles 



Embodying myth
with sound, movement,
and symbolic divisions
of space.
















About



Labours of Herakles



03 . 2019 - 02 . 2020 



Ritual: a technology to transform consciousness.



Join us for a series of participatory rituals, based on the 12 mythic Labours of Herakles. Forming part of an ongoing research and development project, we will consider the relationship between sound and movement performance, and altered states of consciousness.

The embodiment of each myth functions as an interface, to construct the components of ritual form, and to explore the subjective impact of


..trance inducing use of sound, movement, and symbolic narrative.



Each Labour of Herakles functions as narrative score, catalysing a dialogue between musicians and performers, facilitating an immersive experience of the myth.

These 12 Labours share significant parallels with the astronomical movement of the Sun, projected through the symbolism of the zodiacal constellations in a calendar year. Harnessing the cyclical changes in our natural environment as a basis for structure and objectivity, we explore the various parts within a psychospiritual, symbolic system of completion.

Each session of the laboratory focuses on balancing a sequential zodiacal energy. We begin with Aries - The Head (Thoughts), and work down to Pisces - The Feet (Deeds), utilising a variety of techniques that function as rites of passage. 

Through imposition of physical communal activity, we challenge the dissociative side-effects of increasingly disembodied tools, and consider the impacts of interface design on social interaction within our culture and creative practices.

Further, we critically analyse the role that social interface and intention has to play in inducing and facilitating altered states, as well as in presenting the context for creation and shared performance.

Harnessing the potential of consciously directed performance trance, to enable positive change on both an individual and collective level.





Facilitators:

Nicole Bettencourt Coelho - sound. research.
(musician / hypnotist / sound therapist)

Antonio de la F
e - movement.
(dancer / choreographer / performer)


Sim Gray - movement.
Christian Duka - sound.
Martina Saorin - sound.
Alice Deville - sound.
Jack Clearwater Clark - movement.
Lily Lesser - movement.
Valeria Radchenko - sound.

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Previous Contributors:

CYAN Assiter-Clark - movement.
Sophia Pettit - movement.
Rory Keys - movement, astrology.
Simone Campa - sound.
Vicky O’Neon - sound.
Ben Ashton - lighting.
Matthew Christensen - sound.

Mario Benedetti - incense.

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An experimental laboratory of 12 events. No prior knowledge required. Everyone welcome!

We will begin each session by discussing the myth and it’s astrological symbolism.

Secondly we will share the structure of the ritual, and how the Labour will play out.


Lastly we will perform the myth together, and gather for feedback afterwards.

Instrumentation will vary, as we explore the intersection of traditional trance instruments and contemporary production tools.

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Venue:
Music Hackspace @ Somerset House
New Wing, Room G16

Dates:
001 -  13 March 
002 - 23 April  
003 - 28 May 
004 - 25 June
005 - 31 July  

006 - 30 August
007 - 13 October
008 - 17 November

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001. The Mares of Diomedes


              The First Gate opens. On many levels besides the first. Diomedes - descendant of Mars - has allowed carniverous horses to run rampant among the land and the people of the Earth. On another plane, Herakles - the ‘Glory of Hera’ - learns to control the first impulse. Starting with The Head? The Mind? Directive of The Thoughts.

              Aries. The First Labour. 


002. The
Sacred Bull



            The Second Gate opens. On many levels besides the first. Minos - of labyrinthian fame - wishes for the sacrifice of the Bull. On another plane Herakles, illuminated by the light of the Sacred Bull, directs it back to the keep of the Cyclops at the Temple. From the Mind to our Senses, Impulse is followed by Desire and in this Labour we transmute Desire into Devotion. Exploring the theme of ‘Illumination’. Guiding the feeling nature to allow the Light in.

            Taurus. The Second Labour.




003. The Golden Apples


              The Third Gate opens. On many levels besides the first. The 3 Golden Apples grow on a Hallowed Tree, guarded by a Dragon and tended by the Fates. The Labour is winding, multifaceted - a thesis in 5 parts. Learning to navigate through the voices of true Messengers and false Teachers we move on to Wrestle with the Serpent. En route to the crux, the journey is interrupted by an encounter with Prometheus - restrained and tormented by vultures on a rock. Breaking these chains we press on. This selfless act for another reveals the path to the Tree. Finally, Herakles holds the world for Atlas as they defeat the Dragon and retrieve the apples, lovingly, on their behalf. Through these applied act of Service, both are liberated.

Gemini. The Third Labour.