Siobhan Davies Studios presented a preview screening 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.
Produced by Nomad, this project was the outcome of a nine month residency by Nomad and Marcus Coates in Elephant and Castle, where they worked with residents, Southwark Council members, developers and the shopping centre management to develop content that informed the Ritual held at the Coronet Theatre in June 2009.
A Ritual for Elephant & Castle is a 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.
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