Black Mirror: Magic in Art

Ritual Lecture and Dance Performance

Performance / Panel Discussion in Drawing Studio / in TheGallery

Thursday 18 January 2018

CRAB Drawing Studio

5.00pm – 6.15pm

Palo Mayombe Dance Performance, led by William Hernandez. Followed by a lecture by Leah Gordon, multi-media artist.


Admission Free

Booking Essential (Numbers limited)

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Palo Mayombe Dance Performance

Palo, also known as Las Reglas de Congo, is a religion with various denominations which developed in Cuba among Central African slaves and their descendants who originated in the Congo Basin. Denominations often referred to as “branches” of Palo include Mayombe (or Mallombe), Monte, Briyumba (or Brillumba), and Kimbisa.

The Spanish word palo “stick” was applied to the religion in Cuba due to the use of wooden sticks in the preparation of altars, which were also called la Nganga, el caldero, nkisi or la prenda. Priests of Palo are known as Paleros, Tatas (men), Yayas (women) or Nganguleros. Initiates are known as ngueyos or pino nuevo.

Palo has its roots in the Congo Basin of Central Africa, from where large numbers of Kongo slaves were brought to Cuba where the religion was organized. Palo’s liturgical language is a mixture of the Spanish and Bantu languages, known as lengua, bozal or habla Congo.

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Performance led by William Hernandez with students from BA (Hons) Acting and BA (Hons) Creative Events Management.

Meet the dancers

William Hernandez

William Joel Hernandez Abreu was born in Cuba and has been dancing from an early age. Having graduated from the School of Ballet and Performance at Jose Maria Romero Escuela National de Show & Expectaculos, which he attended from the age of nine he trained in Ballet, Latin and International Dance. He has over 20 years of experience of working in performing arts; with a focus on dance, music and set design/making.  William is a music designer and technician at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth.

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Meet the Speaker: Leah Gordon

Leah Gordon is a multi-media artist who curates, collects, writes and directs. She works across a variety of media including photography, film and installations, often including commissioned sculpture and painting. In the 1980’s she wrote lyrics, sang and played for the feminist folk punk band, ‘The Doonicans’. Leah makes work on Modernism and architecture; the slave trade and industrialisation; and grassroots religious, class and folk histories. Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK; Parc de la Villette, Paris and NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale.

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Drinks Reception

TheGallery, AUB

6.15pm – 7.15pm

A drinks reception in TheGallery will follow the dance and lecture event.