About a month ago we wrote about a wonderful Symphony Nova Scotia fundraiser that put busted instruments into the transformative hands of artists. One of those artists, Enrique Ferreol, turned the experience into a video performance, to be screened at the AGNS Windsor Theatre on Thursday, November 22 (6:30pm, 1723 Hollis, $5).
"I realized the violin was dead and I could pay my due respects to it. As an artist I've worked around the idea of funerals and death and so I thought I'd organize a funeral for the violin. But I didn't have time, so I decided to ritualistically mummify it in my studio, stuff it with spices and myrrh, amulets and its body parts, then wrap it in plaster and fabric."
Realizing the performance was more interesting than the end product, Ferreol enlisted filmmaker Sue Johnson to document it. Artist Laura Dawe used body paint to transform Ferreol into "a sacred creature that would channel the forces of life and nature into this dead thing, and Dani Oore agreed to respond with music to my actions."
Ferreol found the ritual to be an powerful experience. "I totally lost a sense of anything. I became the priest embalming the violin. I don't even remember anything. When I watched it, it was like looking at someone else." See the documentary of the performance at www.youtube.com/v/7Z1RjqY0Bqk.