LCMF 2019

11 December: On Rites & Reenchantment
Ambika P3

Bulgarian kukeri. Photo: Aron Klein

£10 CONCS / £12 ONLINE / £14 DOOR


Chino Amobi

Cerith Wyn Evans
New work (2019)
(world premiere) (LCMF commission)

Mogila Kukeri Group
Bulgarian folk ritual 

Live improvisation 

Bhanu Kapil / Rohini Kapil
One or the other is not enough (2019)
(world premiere) (LCMF commission)

Alwynne Pritchard
Heart of Glass (2019)
(world premiere) (LCMF commission)

And works by Ulrike Ottinger, Sarah Abu AbdallahLa Monte Young, Alison Knowles and Heleen van Haegenborgh

Zubin Kanga piano (Pritchard)
Mogila Kukeri Group
An Assembly (Young, Knowles, Van Haegenborgh)
Cerith Wyn Evans
Rie Nakajima / Keiko Yamamoto (O YAMA O)
Bhanu Kapil / Rohini Kapil
Chino Amobi

Rites of power, rites of labour, rites that will disillusion and reenchant. Taking our lead from the frenzied liturgies of club culture, the object-oriented rituals of Fluxus and the mysterious mask dances of Japan and Bulgaria, tonight will explore the yin-and-yang relationship between art, sound and ceremony.

Classic text scores by La Monte Young (Poem for Chairs, Tables, Benches, Etc., 1960) and Alison Knowles (Work for Wounded Furniture, 1965) and a live set from celebrated duo O YAMA O will coax objects into sounding, delivering the kiss of life to our thingy brethren.

History’s great store of discarded rituals are mined in Heleen van Haegenborgh’s Material Affordance (2019) – in which a huddled mass, armed solely with recorders and a head full of medieval tunes, shuffle around like a lost Crusader battalion – and Ulrike Ottinger’s alarming short film Superbia, in which a grotesque parade of fat bankers and venal overlords are scooped up and dumped in a German industrial wasteland.

The night contains three enigmatic new commissions, all of which leapfrog the present and reconnect with older practices of spelling, mantra-making and conjuring: celebrated artist Cerith Wyn Evans nodding to the mythical performances of James Lee Byars, poet Bhanu Kapil and artist Rohini Kapil at the orchard's verge, dreaming and grieving within an environment of 'wetness, mud, and the memory of citrus orchards in other parts of the world and in other times', and composer Alwynne Pritchard drawing on drag performance, butoh, dream states and hypnosis in her composition for pianist Zubin Kanga, Heart of Glass.

Image by Rohini Kapil, from A BAD LEISURE

Offering a rare glimpse of the astonishing folkloric ceremonies of Bulgaria (see image at the top of the page), we welcome the Kukeri Group from the village of Mogila. Equipped with bells, pipes and extraordinary homemade masks and costumes, they specialise in the ‘Ploughing, Sowing and Threshing’ rituals, restorative rites that will ward of evil spirits and usher in fertility for the land, the people, the animals, the heart and the spirit.

To end a visit by the co-founder of NON Worldwide – a cross-continental network of artists of the African diaspora – and one of the most multifaceted electronic artists of his generation. Chino Amobi is celebrated for his alchemical work with the sounds and practices of everything from grime and techno to black metal and ambient. He has also written his first novel EROICA (2019), and it is this collage of history, myth and sacred text that is the starting point for his special new live set for LCMF 2019.

NB Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel the visit by the Compagnie Bakalama Senegal, but we will instead welcome the Kukeri Group of Mogila