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Ritual Laboratory #6; a technology to transform consciousness

August 30, 2019 @ 18:30 - 21:00

We continue our series of participatory rituals throughout summer. Based on the 12 mythic Labours of Herakles. Forming part of an ongoing research and development project, each event considers the relationship between sound and movement performance, and 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). The summer series includes:

28th May – Gemini (Polarity)

25th June – Cancer (Intuition)

31st July – Leo (Expression)

30th August – Virgo (Cultivation)

In each session we will utilise 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 Herakles 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.

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.

This series is organised by Nicole Bettencourt Coelho. Nicole is a qualified Hypnotherapist, practicing Sound Therapist and member at Music Hackspace / Somerset House Studios. Presently working with the composition of improvised choreographic score by drawing from her experience as a touring session musician, to foster an interdisciplinary approach. Conducting an investigation at the intersection of traditional therapeutic instruments and modern production tools, she is investigating the ability of sound and ritual form to support and direct the transformative power of performance. As well as generating dialogue around the sociological impact of evolving tools on culture and fulfilling creative practice. Current studies focus on communal performance in the context of astronomical myth, as a technology to transform consciousness. Combining archetypal symbols and storytelling with therapeutic and artistic applications of intuitive sound and movement, to induce and support inward journeys within a collective experience. Using a variety of techniques to consciously compose and utilise alternate states of awareness, she seeks to create opportunities to foster a healthy relationship with the creative impulse on an individual and collective level.

Forming part of her therapeutic practice CURVE ASC, she is currently exploring the interplay of energies moving through the body and the cyclic rhythms of the environment in the context of herbalism. Hosting a series of seasonal sound baths with local herbs. This being an embodied study of the natural rhythms of the dialogue between body and eco-system. A reciprocal dance through time. These are opportunities for reconnection, restoration and reflection.

The venue is located on the ground floor of Somerset House and is fully wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet. If you have any other access requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.

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When:
August 30, 2019
18:30 - 21:00
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Venue

Somerset House Studios
New Wing, Room G16, Entrance via Lancaster Place, Somerset House
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
Website:
https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/somerset-house-studios