Rising Together is a forming-collective of artists who are de-forming their own artistic identities by creating collective performative experiences through forms of im/material art forms — performance, theatre, choreography, dance, sound, voice and body work as well as costumes, scenography and space design. Performance as a collective ritual, where sense will emerge during the event itself. Rising Together is questioning: what is or could be a collective consciousness? How can we rise as a collective consciousness together through the medium of art? What does it mean ‘being together'? How can we gather in a way that is meaningful to us in this moment of time? How can we create collective celebrations that empower us? How can joy be a catalyser for collective transformation and change? Rising together for empowerment, for healing, to digest, to reflect through joy. Party as a collective healing practice.
How can we be together—in relation—to/with ourselves, our bodies, other beings, our planet? Who will end up together? What will emerge? Imagine, that Rising Together is a monthly evening event project, through which we, a growing collective of artists based in Brussels would investigate the emergence of performance through collective gatherings and improvised celebrations. Through performative contemporary physical [- logical], sound, visual, movement researches, collective and individual artistic practices and guided experiences we would explore interconnectedness between things, and would gradually develop aesthetics of our artistic languages.
Imagine Rising Together as a growing collective which uses old (ancient) and new (modern) technologies as a matter for research. Imagine, Rising Together upcycles materials of present-past world as a matter for artistic exploration. Imagine, Rising Together investigates and expands audience-ing experience. Rising Together is bringing together collective practices of healing and care for self and other as a kind of pleasure activism.
Going backwards in history, we can trace the way theatre evolved in Europe. Theater in ancient Greece emerged from ritual practices. There used to be holy parties — where there was no definition who is performing and who is watching. Back in these times, party was an artistic event where all the participants where responsible for its aesthetics. With Rising Together we want to investigate party as a performance, a movement, a social experiment, a collective ceremony, a ritual, a live-act, where the border between the audience-ing and performing dissolves. We are interested in the relation of celebration or ceremony and religious or spiritual practices. The figure or archetype of the shaman and the witch are returning into the center of our attention and we wonder why that is.
What kind of spirituality beyond categories, ideologies and hierarchies can feed our needs to make sense and move on to a more ecological, careful, loving relation towards our selves, all creatures and the whole planet? What is the role of ritual and ceremony right now? How can the healing properties of ritual return to performance and theater, making art not something to consume, outside of oneself, but creating a space where art is the means by which we grow, share and RISE?