Drawing on the Byzantium and trans-cultural practice of shrouding and wrapping bodies in fabric, Blake Lawrence will share with you his artistic practice.
This is a workshop about physicality, movement and meaning.
Two words in our modern times that are laden with misconception: touch; commitment. What happens when we swap the meanings of these two words? How do we than interact with one another? Definitions and our rolls with each other can become clearer.
Anyone who has had to process a loved one’s death knows that it is a difficult and time-consuming task – even if you know where everything is. This workshop will give you the tools to avoid “leaving a mess” for your loved ones to clean up during their time of grief. You will take the first steps towards getting your affairs in order. The process itself can teach you a great deal about who you are and what you value most.
George Bernard Shaw said, “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” Suddenly seeing the lighter side of an intense situation can be the most wonderful emotional release valve and exactly what’s needed at the time. Laughter can be a great coping mechanism and a gentle way to divert our attention briefly. It empowers us, helping us let out feelings that often actually honour the departed in a very special and personal way.
When most of us think of ceremony we imagine it as a series of actions to mark an occasion or life event that are given a particular form and mode of expression. Whilst this is true, what is most powerful about ceremony is that which remains unseen. Ceremony is a way of performing how things can yet be, in tension with the way they are in everyday life. Ceremony is a sacredness within the everyday, where other possibilities are glimpsed, and where changes (both real and attitudinal) are seeded.