Meet the festival presenters and learn about how to get the most out of the festival experience. We will introduce ourselves by each completing this sentence: "Before I die, I would like to..."
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.
Internationally renowned artist, Maree Clarke, will speak about mourning practices of South Eastern Australia. In particular, she will focus on the practice of wearing Kopi mourning caps. We will have the opportunity to see Kopi made and worn. The wearing of the Kopi will be done with respect and reverence for the revitalisation of this mourning practice, within a contemporary context. Men and women are encouraged to attend.
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.
Based on Kerrie Noonan's research on renegades both inside and outside the death and dying 'system' in Australia, she will explore how they have managed to create social change. The workshop includes insights from her interviews with coroners, celebrants, community workers, death doulas, death midwives and artists.