This is an interactive performance art piece I presented in the Arab Hall of the Leighton House Museum. Working with a selection of 5 performers (including renown Gnawa Musician, Simo Lagnawi) I presented a mise en scene of various rituals that make up one image conveying the trans-formative cycle of life and spiritual presence and communication with the ‘Divine oneness’ through physical embodiment. Touching on Sufi philosophy I wanted to highlight the notion and belief that prayer and the connection felt can be expressed through activity.
Spaces like the Arab hall were designed with geometric precision and with the philosophy that it is in fact ‘the entire world’ as a place of prostration to connect with the Divine Oneness as well as our position in the solar system itself with the entire universe surrounding us.
3 core performers: Night (black), Day (white) and the Arrow of time (red) pass a golden thread between them. (Upon each new cycle an amulet and bell is attached as a a receiving sign of evolution and the ‘Divine oneness's’ blessing.)
Gnawa singing and head spinning
Dancer swaying gently, rising more and more with every cycle.