Lady Cacao's Secret Chamber

Newman & Cecilie

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    Funded

    19


    Minimum

    44


    Target

  • Summary

    Will you enter the Secret Chamber? Play the game to win a key. Once inside, drink Peruvian ceremonial cacao and take an empowering journey to release your fears and welcome in new dreams. A tender, vulnerable and fierce cacao ceremony.

    Full description of yer concept

    This cacao ceremony will take place at the Temple created by Rasmus Rekyl. The ceremony takes place in five movements:

    PRELUDE: CAN I ENTER THE SECRET CHAMBER?
    In the days before the ceremony, participants approach the keyholders and toss a coin. This is how Lady Cacao determines who's ready to attend this ceremony. It's the radical inclusion approach to limiting numbers.

    I: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO THE HEART
    Those with keys gather at the Temple. Together we drink Peruvian ceremonial cacao, then Cecilie & Newman guide the group through a process to connect with a deep fear they're ready to release. This process culminates in small groups 'giving' their fears to one person in the group, who acts as a channel for the group's fears.

    II: CLEANSED BY FIRE
    The fear-holders step forward in turn and lie on a massage table. We do a short fire ritual to cleanse them of the fear they're holding (their own and their groups'). While this happens the circle shout out things they want to release. This goes on until each group's fear-holder has had a turn in the middle.

    III: SHAKE AND DANCE
    Everyone dances and shakes, accompanied by either a DJ or live drumming. People are encouraged to go a little wild, allowing anything that's left of their fears to shake out of their body.

    IV: THE REALM OF POSSIBILITIES
    People lie down and rest in stillness. They open up to what wants to fill the empty space they've created. Through gentle guiding they go on a shamanic journey to the Realm of Possibilities, where new dreams are born.

    After the journey, the group come back into a circle and we celebrate together. Together we cast our dreams out into the world, releasing them to manifest in whatever way they choose.

    The ceremony scales according to the final amount granted. The minimum is for 30 participants and the max is for 60 participants.

    About the crew / artist

    Newman has held a number of cacao ceremonies over the past 7 years. They love how Lady Cacao supports people to open up to vulnerability. They appreciate how subtle yet powerful Her presence is and how deep people go when She's with them. They feel very much in service to Lady Cacao, offering the gift of ancient chocolate whenever and wherever it's welcomed. For this ceremony they're joined by their partner Cecilie, who has a gift for showing compassion in the face of people's deepest fears.

    Moop plan (matter out of place)

    We'll ask participants to take their MOOP with them at the end of the ceremony. We'll remove all of our gear and clean up the space thoroughly so it's ready for the next activity.

    Budget
    Description Amount (DKK)
    Cacao for 30 people 660
    Cacao for another 30 people 660
    Isopropanol for fireplay 100
    Tiny keys and string 100
    How can other Borderlings co-create with you?

    We need either an awesome DJ or 2-3 live drummers who are really tuned into a crowd's energy to collaborate with us on Part III.

    We also need a few people to serve as keyholders who play the game with people to discover who gets keys for the Secret Chamber. Those people will themselves get a key in exchange for their service.

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    • Do you need electricity from the grid? How much in Watts? I will work with what the Temple has - if there's electricity, we may use it in Part III. If not I'll borrow a battery-powered Soundboks so the dancing happens at a decent volume. If we end up with drummers, no need for electricity.

    • Will there be light? N/A - this is a one-off event that takes place in the daytime.

    • Will anything BURN? The fire ritual in Part II is highly controlled. We've done this kind of indoor ritual many times before, including in festival tents in the UK. We make it safe by ensuring: the flames are nowhere near the tent fabric; we have buckets of water on hand; the one holding the fire sticks is totally present and the other one is watching closely for any mistakes.

    • What is your audio footprint? A bit of cathartic shouting during part II. Amplified music or live drumming during part III.

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