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Ritual Laboratory - Labours of Herakleos

Join us for a series of participatory rituals, based on the 12 mythic Labours of Herakleos. Forming part of an ongoing research and development project, considering 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, light, scent, and symbolic 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. 

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 symbolic performance of the corresponding myth, we create a platform to interact through creative practice and performance within ritual form. An opportunity to communally develop method and infrastructure, for celebrating culture and sharing ideas through performance of the arts.

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 interface and has to play in inducing and facilitating altered states, as well as in presenting the context for creation and shared performance.


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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