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The second instalment in a series of participatory rituals, based on the 12 mythic Labours of Herakleos. Forming part of an ongoing research & development project considering the relationship between sound & movement performance & altered states of consciousness.

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). This month we continue with Taurus (Desire), utilising a variety of techniques that function as rites of passage.

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, light, scent, and embodied narrative.

Each Labour of Herakleos as narrative score, catalyses 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 aim to fall into rhythm with the cycles of the natural world.

Please email curators@stagingmhs.local for any questions.

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

We will begin each session  by sharing a discussion regarding the symbolism of the myth, and how the Labour will play out. Secondly we explore features of trance induction, hypnotic phenomena and their role in creative practice. Lastly we will perform the myth together, and share feedback afterwards.

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

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