CEREMOANING is part of El Caldo. During the four days that compose El Caldo, we will be holding a space of curiosity, of doing little to listen more. To participate at CEREMOANING please check the open call and sign up by sending an email.
CEREMOANING is a place for collective grief. It’s a time to come and moan with each other, in the joys and pains of letting ourselves grieve together. Most of us are not allowed proper spaces to process loss, to be with what’s lost: barely on our own, and even more rarely in community.
CEREMOANING is a place to gather and practice just that. Spend deeper, thicker time with the people and things we’ve lost, with the continuous transformations of our relationships with them. We start in small groups, small circles. Each of us chooses one person, one thing, that they’ve lost, that they are grieving, and shares the story of this relationship. It’s a way to invite our invisible loved ones in, to make them part of the group, to experience the liveliness of those connexions:
what does this person or thing make me feel, and do, and say, right now?
For the second part, each participant who feels like it, is invited to create a small ceremony to honour those relationships that matter to them. Everyone who is present joins in, as a co-maker and/or as a witness.
Loup Rivière lives in rural Massif Central (France). She makes dances and texts, and slowly works as a death doula, assisting people in caring for their relationships with their dead ones, in multiple contexts and temporalities.
She is currently touring her solo armes molles. She founded the collective dance for plants in 2016, which has since offered various performances and workshops in gardens, universities, forests, apartments and museums. She recently published the texts ‘I’m not trans in the forest’, ‘Dancing is an Ecosystem Service, and so is being trans’ and ‘Geological Lesbians: girldicks and other stories’.