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Lost Species Day 2020: Rituals for the Anthropocene?
29 November Free
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From the mundane to the epic: discover some of the diverse possibilities of what a ritual for the Anthropocene might be. This event aims to inspire and give confidence to participants to hold their own ceremonies, as well as to explore some of the tensions in the term. The event will take place in two parts: from 4 to 6.15pm, Lost Species Day co-founder Rachel Porter of Feral Theatre will host the following UK-based ritual practitioners discussing their work:
- Live artist and showwoman Marisa Carnesky
- Interfaith minister Monica Douglas
- Deep listening practitioner Beckie Leach
- Lunarchy 2.0 founder and multidisciplinary psychic worker Bea Xu
- Contemporary artist and ornithologist Marcus Coates
At 6.30pm, after a break, all attendees are invited to participate in a live experimental online ritual for Lost Species Day 2020, devised by the invited speakers.
This event will be hosted on Zoom (a meeting link will be sent shortly beforehand) and the presentations will be recorded, transcribed and shared online after the event. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your access needs, please contact .
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About the artists
Marisa Carnesky is a British live artist and showwoman. She uses spectacular entertainment forms, including fairground devices and stage illusion, and draws on themes of contemporary ritual to investigate social issues from an ecofeminist perspective. Marisa has won many awards, including the Laurence Olivier for Best Entertainment in 2004, Edinburgh Festival Herald Angel in 2005 and Time Out Best Theatre in 2004.
Monica Douglas is a spiritual counsellor, mentor, coach and One Spirit minister who supports people of any faith or none through sacred space holding, ritual, ceremony, stillness and somatic movement practices. She helps people to release burden, move forward and remember the wild wisdom of their body, heart, mind, spirit and environment. Her events, ceremonies, circles and 1:1 support have evolved from 20+ years training experience in embodied spirituality, yoga, dance, meditation & personal development.
Rebecca Leach McDonald is a deep listening practitioner, storyteller and educator whose practice brings together storytelling and learning for sustainability into participatory experiences that explore what it means to be human/animal within a fast-changing world. She creates opportunities to engage with phenomenology (lived experience and the senses), and is inspired by systems theory and the idea that true beauty resides in acts of kindness and reciprocal exchanges between the human and more-than-human world.
Bea Xu is a British-born Chinese, multidisciplinary psychic worker based in London who utilises mixed media, ritual and visionary fiction to explore speculative cosmologies beyond our current timeline. Inspired by myth, social &/ digital anthropology and the EcoGothic, she’s interested in the interplay of archetypal symbols with personal trauma and the potential of using play in collective shadow work. Her work constitutes the manifest, ongoing process of sublimating her personal demons while delving into the occult, futurology and her anxieties about late capitalism.
Marcus Coates is a contemporary artist and ornithologist living in London. At the core of Marcus’ work is a relationship to the unknowable. From his attempts to become animal to his vicarious experiences on behalf of terminally ill patients he seeks to uncover degrees of understanding and knowing, testing our definitions and boundaries of autonomy. Marcus has collaborated with people from a wide range of disciplines, including politicians, palliative care consultants, primatologists and many more. Recent publications include UR…A Practical Guide to Unconscious Reasoning, 2014, published by Bookworks. Marcus has exhibited extensively internationally since 1999.
Rachel Porter produces physical theatre. She is a performer who runs her own company, Tiger’s Bride. She also holds a Master’s degree in Drama & Movement Therapy from The Sesame Institute. As a therapist, she carries out pioneering work in the area of pre-linguistic communication and teaches students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Rachel is a co-director of Feral Theatre.
Image credit: Zoe Childerley
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