Jon Poindexter presents
SAMHAIN CHICAGO 2016 RITUAL/PERFORMANCE
ADAM ROSE, APRIL LYNN, RAQUEL PUNTO, HOLLY CHERNOBYL, SKY HEYN CUBACUB, SARA ZALEK, SPACEKAT, STEPHANIE LUPU, AGNETE BJØRNBAKKEN, HANNA BROCK, CAROLE MCCURDY, and JON POINDEXTER featuring a remote ritual/performance from Nigeria by JELILI ATIKU
SAMHAIN CHICAGO 2016 is a 3-day celebration of ritual/performances and installations on OCT 30-31 and NOV 01 at Defibrillator Gallery from 5-9pm each evening. The audience is an integral part of the event, and will be guided through performing rituals for prosperity, protection, healing and letting go. Follow the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/samhain2016jonpoindexter for exclusive experiences.
SUN OCT 30:
Beauty Rituals & Exhibitions
Today we prepare. The space will include henna painting, hair cutting and braiding, nail polish and ritual cleansing. There will be divination. Soundscapes will be created and there will be exhibitionist expressions of intimacy and sexuality. Today’s ritualists will be SpaceKat, Hanna Brock, Sara Zalek, Adam Rose, April Lynn, Sky Cubacub and Jon Poindetxer. Installations by Agnete Bjørnbakken, Carole McCurdy, Sky Cubacub.
MON OCT 31:
Main Rituals & Performances
This is the New Year and the Day of the Dead – where the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. This is the main day of rituals: Prosperity, Letting Go, Love, Creation and Creativity, Healing and Sex. It’s of course a good idea to come disguised so that certain spirits do not assume that You are among the living and try to take You the netherworld. There will be alters, stations and interactive experiences with ritual, sexual energy and communication with Our Ancestors. Death and grieving in the Grieving Chamber. Bowie, Prince, Muhammed Ali, Lemmi, Gene…and all of Our other losses this year …or years past. Today’s ritualists will be Holly Chernobyl, SpaceKat, Hanna Brock, Raquel Punto, Sara Zalek, Stephanie Lupu, and Jon Poindetxer, with a remote ritual/performance from Nigeria by Jelili Atiku. Installations by Agnete Bjørnbakken, Carole McCurdy, Sky Cubacub.
TUE NOV 01:
Rebirth & Reanimation
As a Catholic, I believe in Resurrection and Reanimation. After the Day of the Dead, comes All Soul’s Day. Join our parade of The Reanimated and Resurrected. This is a performance and experiential day, fewer rituals. Ritualists today are Carole McCurdy, Sara Zalek, Hanna Brock, Jon Poindexter. Installations by Agnete Bjørnbakken, Carol McCurdy, Sky Cubacub.
First and foremost, I want the experience be safe and fun! Goes without saying that All Beings if non-harmful intent are welcome. Others will be banished.
As far as Samhain is concerned, my intention is to provide a safe space of worship, exploration, art, kink, spirituality, reverence and fun where my Ritualists/Performers can create, express and communicate. And where You, my Audience, can experience, explore and enjoy. I want the experience to be immersive and overwhelming. From as many sensory stimuli as possible. There shall be a constant pulse of activity and energy; performance, prayer and debauchery; revelry and merriment. It shall occur on schedule and spontaneously. You as the audience are a vital and living part of the experience. You will have the opportunity to engage in, perform and share each ritual and be a support and witness to the rituals of others.
Samhain is the Witches’ New Year. Yes I’m a Witch. And I don’t care how You pronounce “Samhain” as long as the word leaves Your lips with Love, Respect, Joy and Playfulness.
I’ve been celebrating Samhain since 1996. At that point I was deep into Wicca as well as Ifa. Following the Rhythm of Father Sun and The Maiden, Mother and Crone Moon. It was also a time where I was working primarily as a healer with TaroT and herbal medicine. During that time, at a performance/ritual space in OSLO, I proclaimed myself the NEW VICAR of THE ELECTRIC CHURCH. For the third year now, I don my cloaks now here in CHICAGO, to proclaim and open space of healing, worship, sharing and experience.
Please keep following our Facebook page for updates, reservations for special packages and experiences, crowdfunding to support Samhain 2016 and its artists/ritualists and videos, photos and music.
Defibrillator performance photos by SHIR ENDE
CAROLE McCURDY’S Slow Hurry Procession 2015 photo by DUBI KAUFMANN
JON POINDEXTER photos courtesy of the artist
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