As part of a larger project exploring Systems and Ceremonies we are investigating Weddings as social ritual in community settings.
WE began in 2013 with a residency at The Albert, a meantime project run by What If collective , of artists inhabiting empty council spaces in Kilburn to stimulate communities.
WE worked with a motley group of volunteers to find choreographic structures around the shared subject of weddings. We created a fictitious wedding event as a performance called
'The Ottis Redding'
The Ottis Redding- a show about weddings
Our idea is to take the social ritual of weddings as a recognisable container for heightened and significant sites of social activity, choreographed action and drama. We see the Wedding as a celebration where particular rules and behaviours are heightened, where people have urges to perform themselves in very specific ways and where strong emotions are often called into play. Our ultimate aim is to create an event that is highly choreographed and performed but that is also a social situation, a fictional wedding where the audience and performer roles are blurred and participation as a performer is implicit and unforced. Ultimately we hope for this to be transformative and almost shamanic for the people involved, with ideas around fertility, mating rituals, drunkenness, love, romance, neurosis, competition, and family tensions explored in distinct and contemporary ways.
WE plan to continue the weddings project in collaboration with communities over the next 2 years and then may shift to funerals and births.