LCMF 2019

11 December: On Rites & Reenchantment
Ambika P3

TICKETS
£10 CONCS / £12 ONLINE / £14 DOOR
£45 FESTIVAL PASS


7pm

Chino Amobi
Live

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

Compagnie Bakalama Senegal
Kumpo dance

O YAMA O
Live improvisation 

Bhanu Kapil / Rohini Kapil
New work (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

Performers:
Zubin Kanga (Pritchard)
Compagnie Bakalama Senegal
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 Senegal, 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 Note (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 Byar, poet Bhanu Kapil playing with mud, summoning the birds, with her sister Rohini Kapil, and composer Alwynne Pritchard drawing on drag performance, butoh, dream states and hypnosis in her composition for pianist Zubin Kanga, Heart of Glass.

Offering a rare glimpse of the astonishing folkloric ceremonies of the Casamance region of Senegal, we welcome the percussion and dance ensemble Compagnie Bakalama Senegal who will introduce us to the ghost-dancing traditions of the grass-covered Kumpo.

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.