RITE OF PASSAGE?
Fresh Festival South Street Arts Centre, Reading, June 2006
Walk into the space, notice the audience scattered around the salt road
A compass is held in hand an hour glass in the other, sand pours slowly through ....
Sitting on the edge of the salt road, feet are washed with water from the Jordan River, moving on ...
A mound of salt is made with a spoon laying the hands gently over the top, moving on ....
Bound feathers placed over the eyes, shifting the sand clawing now at my throat, moving on .....
A table with chalk stones from the White Horse Hill, spread on a white cloth on a table. The chalk is rubbed into the hands and then onto the face, moving on .....
Arrive at a table laid in white cloth, red wine in stainless steel bowl. Leaning into the bowl, taking a large mouthful of the red wine and holding it in the mouth.
Draw in the liquid, walk backwards away from the window ..... bending forward, letting the red wine spill from the mouth onto the salt road, down onto the white surface
Pick up the compass, lay it in the palm of the hand, hour glass is held in the other hand.... leave the space
A ceremonial event, marking a passage through time and space. An exploration of states of being. The possibility of silence and movement as a means of creating another time in space. An exploration of childhood observations of religious, cultural and ritual transition, reinscribed through personal meaning now and the use of space and objects. The work attempts to shape familial histories through interactions with collected objects.
Found and collected objects, emblematic of the 'sacred' are placed on a 'salt road'. This shapes and structures the space and the interactions that follow. Various ritual acts are constructed and deconstructed questioning the possibility of a rite of passage in the space. The objects, and ritual enactments explore the possibility of transformation, inviting the audience across a threshold – into a another state of being and mind.
An act of communication - a social strategy - an act of celebration – a ritual action – act of prayer in relation to others
blessing for ritual washing hands before eating ‘bread’
ברוך אתה ה׳ אלהינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו על נטילת ידים
Translation: Blessed are you, Lord, our God, king of the universe who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning washing of hands.
Blessing before eating bread
ברוך אתה ה׳ אלהינו מלך העולם המוציא לחם מן הארץ
Translation: Blessed are you, Lord, our God, king of the universe who brings forth bread from the earth.
blessing before drinking wine
ברוך אתה ה׳ אלהינו מלך העולם בורא פרי הגפן
Translation: Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.