A Ritual for Elephant and Castle

16 Oct 2009

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Free admission, booking required.

Siobhan Davies Studios

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • By Bus: 1, 35, 40, 45, 63, 68, 100, 133, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 196, 333, 343, 363, 468, P5
  • By Tube: Northern Line (Elephant & Castle), Bakerloo Line (Lambeth North, Elephant & Castle)
  • By Rail: Waterloo Station, Elephant & Castle

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Siobhan Davies Studios are pleased to present an evening of film and conversation as part of Elefest 2009. A Ritual for Elephant & Castle is a new documentary film which explores the transitions currently taking place in the South London neighbourhood. The documentary follows artist/shaman Marcus Coates as he sets out on a ‘Vision Quest' in the heart of this South London neighbourhood, to search out animal spirits to help guide the local community through a period of change. Involving local residents from the iconic Heygate Estate, Southwark councillors and a psychedelic doom rock orchestra called Chrome Hoof, the community and artists embarked on a journey into the depths of the neighbourhood in search of alternative ways to find solutions to a shared problem. The findings from the ‘Vision Quest' were presented to the community via a rock-disco-shamanic-ritual at the legendary Coronet Theatre in June this year. At this one-off event Siobhan Davies Studios present preview screenings of the film and performance at the Coronet Theatre alongside a talk with Michael Smythe (producer for Nomad), Marcus Coates and the writer Will Hodgkinson.

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