Performance, Panel Discussion

The Ancient Art of Rituals

Performance / Panel Discussion in TheGallery / in Drawing Studio

Thursday 18 January 2018

CRAB Drawing Studio

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Dance Performance and lecture
Hosted by Associate Professor Dominic Shepherd, Curator of Black Mirror: Magic in Art

Palo Mayome Dance Performance, led by William Hernandez

Lecture by Naomi Lewis, Educational Director of The Sacred Trust.

palo mayome dance performance

CRAB Drawing Studio
5:00pm – 5:30pm

Performance led by William Hernandez, accompanied by additional dancers and students from AUB’s BA (Hons) Acting.

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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the ancient art of rituals lecture

Lecture Theatre, TheGallery
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Naomi Lewis will be speaking on the shamanic origins of art and performance and how this is relevant for today’s actors, artists and dancers.

meet the Dancers

William Hernandez, Lead Dancer
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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Davide Celestre, Dancer

More information to come.

meet the speaker: naomi lewis

Naomi Lewis is the Educational Director of The Sacred Trust, a long established organisation concerned with the teaching of shamanism.

She originally trained in fine art photography at Central Saint Martin’s college of art and Brighton University, latterly completing an MA at Kingston in Art and Space.  She then moved off the trails of her photographs and onto the shaman’s map.

For the last fourteen years she has been teaching the ancient practice of shamanism within a contemporary framework, to a broad spectrum of participants, ranging from artists to doctors and performers, to company directors.  Over the last eight years she has studied and worked with actors and dancers and has developed a unique performance practice, with archaic shamanic roots and modernistic relevance.

Drinks reception

TheGallery, AUB
6:30pm – 7:30pm

A drinks reception in TheGallery