'CALLING THE DIVINE' (2013)

PARLOUR ARABESQUE SHOW- (BY PARLOUR COLLECTIVE)

HOSTED AT THE LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM , LONDON                                                                                                                             

(PART OF THE InTRANSIT FESTIVAL 2013)

Arab Hall Leighton House

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.

The rituals:

  • 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.