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Lord of the Deep: Getting under the skin…

In any drama, be it ritual or otherwise, there is a fine line over which you must hover as an ‘actor’. You are not your character. Lines and scenarios that make you look amazing or, alternatively, portray you as evil, … Continue reading

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Gilgamesh descending (5) ~ Steve Tanham

Steve continues his dramatic experience as Gilgamesh at the Lord of the Deep workshop weekend: And now we must move swiftly, as the king’s heartbeat quickens with purpose. Again, he watches the Fate Dancers… and begins to see the depths … Continue reading

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Lord of the Deep: True colours?

Gilgamesh and Enkidu journey into the wilderness; pursuing the king’s desire for personal glory, the two have left Uruk to seek out the ‘forest demon’, Humbaba. Gilgamesh has vowed to kill the demon and cut down the Great Trees of … Continue reading

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Gilgamesh descending (4) ~ Steve Tanham

Steve continues his view of the Lord of the Deep weekend through the eyes of Gilgamesh: And as I watch Gilgamesh ascend towards the vast cliff-edge from which his life must fall, I wonder about the origin of the ‘play’ … Continue reading

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Lord of the Deep: Going for gold…

One of the ‘simple pleasures’ of working on the Silent Eye workshops is that I get to fulfil my dream to run a wardrobe and props department. I love the challenges of making things work. Most of the time, we … Continue reading

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Lord of the Deep: Brothers in arms…

In order to indicate the passage of time and distance in our story, we tend to walk the circular form of the temple. The third ritual drama began with Shamhat giving Enkidu one of her own scarlet robes and leading … Continue reading

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Gilgamesh descending (3) ~ Steve Tanham

Steve continues to share his experience of the weekend from the perspective of Gilgamesh: Entranced by the living spell that is the movement of the Fate Dancers across their patterned marble floor, I, Gilgamesh – for the other is passive … Continue reading

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Lord of the Deep: Dancing the Seven Veils

The first part of the second ritual drama was easy enough to design. The Trapper…who looked so good in his costume, he should really dress that way all the time… brought the news to Gilgamesh that a strange and wild … Continue reading

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The Quest for Immortality: Wilderness… Stuart France

* …You begin to hear distant sounds… The hub-bub of city streets… At first faint… Grows gradually louder… Market sellers ply their wares… Children shout and laugh at their games… And behind the city sound-scape a lyre weaves its reedy … Continue reading

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Lord of the Deep: A radiant dawn

There is something about greeting the rising sun at the dawn of a new day that changes our perspective, especially on a spiritual workshop, when the attention is already focussed beyond the confines or everyday life. Every April, we begin … Continue reading

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