Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 5PM
// FREE //
Winter Spiral is the first of two community-centered visual art, music, and puppetry programs taking place at Basilica Hudson this winter: Winter Spiral and Imbolc Riverfire. Winter Spiral will take place on December 2, 2018 at 5pm and Imbolc Riverfire will take place in February 2019.
Produced in partnership with Harpooned Productions, an artistic production company led by installation and performance artist J. Patrick Doyle, the two performances are multidisciplinary installations that engage ancient folk traditions and rituals not usually shown in a contemporary art context. Both offer great opportunities to engage in folklore rooted in agricultural history, Celtic and German folk traditions and Greek and Roman myths.
Winter Spiral will be a large-scale installation and multidisciplinary performance featuring music, movement, sculpture and ritual.
Set in the dramatic Main Hall of Basilica Hudson, a reclaimed industrial factory, the performance begins as a robed performer representing Winter leads the audience in a procession from Main Hall to North Hall, escorted by the three female accomplices of Hecate, Greek goddess of magic, each bearing a large candle. In the North Hall, Winter and the women of Hecate meet at the center of three spirals built from moss and evergreen boughs. Winter sings a somber song as the three women of Hecate each proceed to the center of their spirals and set their candle on the spiral’s central log. The three women then spiral out and become the guides for the Winter Spiral ceremony.
The Winter Spiral ceremony is rooted in ancient European traditions. Set within the context of the 21st Century United States, Basilica Hudson hopes to reframe and recreate the ritual as a celebration of our natural environment and ritual’s ability to unify disparate communities under one mission: to cherish and celebrate life and peace on Earth.