Journey to the Interior
A participatory performance involving all the senses and including a feast
Art Director: Tereza Stehlikova
Where: Dissenters Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery
When: 21st May, 2017
Part of Open Senses Festival, London
And Worm Wood project 20th May – 1st September 2017, at Dissenters Gallery, London
Project is supported by the Czech Centre London.
A multi-sensory, participatory performance, inspired by George Bellas Greenough, a geologist and a founder of the Geological Society, London and Jules Verne’s story the Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The performance will happen within the context of Open Senses weekend, a London wide festival, dedicated to the senses.
During the Romantic era, during which Greenough was active, the connection between geology and poetry was perhaps closer than we imagine. While keenly using various sensing techniques to explore the known world, geologists too had to rely on intuition, speculation and imagination to fill in the gaps between what was visible to the naked eye and the unknown.
Jules Verne’s story the Journey to the Centre of the Earth is one such story where imagination and science meet, to take us on an adventure into the depth of the Earth, which is as much a journey through the strata of human imagination, as it is through real rocks and sediments.
Taking some of the above themes as a starting point, the performance aims to explore the space of the unknown, through an intriguing dialogue between sensory impressions and our imagination’s ability to elaborate and construct inner worlds. Every participant will therefore become an explorer along the journey of their own imagination.
The performance will culminate in a geologically inspired feast!
Note: George Bellas Greenough was a Dissenter and is buried at Kensal Green cemetery.
The performance is by invitation only, if you are interested in taking part, please contact: info [at] terezast.com