This event is organised by Camden Arts Centre in the spirit of Bruce Lacey’s ritual performance works of the 1980s and to accompany his exhibition. As a theatrical form, mystery plays were traditionally used to embellish biblical stories but the Bloomsbury Mystery Play will narrate a more secular journey through ideologies of contemporary living; the rituals of daily life, our interactions with others and the possibilities for arranging the world around us. This is an eccentric celebration of the peculiar and the visionary: a platform for voices crying out how things might be.
The Bloomsbury Mystery Play will be staged around a specially commissioned stage created by FOS and presented in two parts:
3.00 – 4.00pm
J&K (Janne Schäfer and Kristine Agergaard) present a series of vignettes that take the form of living tableaux, merging performance and installation, appropriating symbols and imagery from magic rituals and alchemic processes. Each scene is a ritual marking an essential element of life, with an appreciation of the natural passing and cycle of time, with writer Neal Brown contributing a text piece for a part of the performance. J&K’s work investigates the mechanisms behind the cultural production of belief; ideas of identity, spirituality, utopia and, ultimately, civilisation.
5.00 – 6.00pm
The Errorists: A Syntax Octopus At The Axes Of Pattern And Phrase
Hilary Koob-Sassen presents a performed narrative with cello, vocals, percussion, ink and steel, concerned with scales of meaning in language and biological structures. The work aims to deconstruct the syntax of narrative through an examination of its layered creation. This is a Lebenskunstwerk, a ’living artwork’, formed by an elaborate rendering of language in spoken word and song, that reveals the ramifications of constructing a story.