Following on from ‘Show Me Your Hands’, a public handwashing ritual performed as part of LightNight 2016, artist Aleasha Chaunte performs as part of a 24-hour ritual journey around the city. Is the night before a big event a time for preparation and to light up the night, or for sleep? Explores two aspects of nighttime activity, sleep and wakefulness.
“…and at sunrise she set forth, walking the entire day until it was night.” – Brothers Grimm, ‘The Girl Without Hands’.
The Handless Project: Journey is an all-night vigil and 24 hour pilgrimage inspired by the fairy tale The Handless Maiden, an enigmatic tale about a girl whose father cuts off her hands to save himself from a bad deal, and the personal stories of people living and working in the city of Liverpool. In the story, the maiden travels looking for a place to finally recover: this event imagines her journey as a public ritual performance. Artist Aleasha Chaunté invites you to observe or participate in an imaginative performed ritual of preparation and journeying, asking the question ‘Where do you go to recover?’
18:30 – ceremonial ‘awakening’ of the Unity building
18:30 – 23:00 installation and performed meditation on the stages of sleep
This is a continuation of an earlier event at Liverpool Cathedral. Click here for details.