Illuminatio: Slavery of the System
Illuminatio: Slavery of the System
A parable of one spirit rising up against our material civilization. A Seattle/Spain dance, theater and multimedia collaboration.
A parable of one spirit rising up against our material civilization. A Seattle/Spain dance, theater and multimedia collaboration. Read more
About this project
“The prince of lies has hidden himself in the thoughts of men and has taken control of the immense power of their minds in exchange for a piece of bread. The masses have voluntarily handed over their creativity. They have prostrated themselves trembling before their unmerciful lord, gold. With the shame produced by their clinging to survival the mask of hypocrisy has hardened. ..the traumatized human, like a shoot planted away from the vine, has created a social system that is pathological and full of paradoxes - that is condemned to sterility and extinction.” (Illuminatio) The system seems unstoppable, but one person realizes that the mask, the ego, and all that separates are illusions and that the infinite multiplicity of life is all one. He tries to convey this to others, but Reason, the powerful force behind the system, approaches, sending everyone to flight, and brings the insurgent to the ground.
A play re-imagined as dance theater is the medium through which the artists hope to inspire the audience towards spiritual growth. The original play, Illuminatio, was created by Antonio Delgado in Ciudad Real, Spain in 2004 as a full-length spectacle that would foster collaboration between artists of different disciplines. However, due to the economic crisis in Spain, it was never performed. Amanda Goodwin, a friend of Delgado and Seattle-based choreographer intimately connected to Spain and its unique culture, is producing this work as a trilogy for Dance Theater - in the spirit of friendship, and to also to showcase a unique and thought-provoking work of art.
In 2013, performances of Slavery of the System will be held at the West Seattle Summerfest (July 12-14), at the Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long (August 10-11), and in Lower Queen Anne in open rehearsals. An indoor performance with video will take place before the end of 2013. Additional sections of Illuminatio will begin production as funding permits.
Risks and challenges
Over $3,500 dollars of in kind and cash donations have already been given or pledged from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sustainable West Seattle, dancers, friends, family and fellow artists for video filming and editing, rehearsal time, rehearsal space, performance space, technical and audio support, website development, business cards and costuming, translation from Spanish, and artistic consultation. As we've already overcome these challenges, we will definitely be able to create the choreography, launch the website and present the piece at three venues which are free and open to the public (at an open rehearsal in lower Queen Anne, on the Greenstage at the West Seattle Summerfest (July 12-14), and at the Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long (Aug 10-11)).
We have these challenges ahead of us, which your donation will empower us to accomplish:
Public, outdoor performance at the Arts in Nature Festival (pending acceptance)
Production of the multi-media display to accompany the dancers
Collaboration with a visual artist to produce images for the video, website and set design of Illuminatio
Performance of an indoor performance with video before the end of 2013.
We have submitted grants for $6,040 to pay for the three outdoor performances in June - for performers, an acting director, video documentation, costumes and compensation for the playwright. My priorities are paying the performers and the playwright and getting exposure for Illuminatio. I can simplify the costuming and video component, if need be.
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