Photo Montage : Aurélie Chauleur /  Nazaré Soares

‘Liquid Cosmos’  + ´Beehive Cluster´

“How to access the memory held in our bodies?  How do we listen to Water and the liquids running in our bodies, in the veins, in the fascias, the connective tissue fluids,  the oceans, the seas, the rivers running on Earth? Between the skin and stone, the breath and the sound, the ice and the sun, the mist and the mountain, the cells and the touch, there is a constant, circular whirling, pendular oscillation. Some refer to ‘borderland travelers’ as those who walk in between liminalities, between the everchanging realm of the spirits and the unpredictable flow of life”      

Nazaré Soares

‘Liquid Cosmos’  + ´Beehive Cluster´. Curated by Invisibledrum. 21.12. 2022. Pirbadet swimming pool. Kunsthall Trondheim. Picture by Amalia Fonfara

Invisibledrum Drum Platform curated a Winter solstice event and invite Marina Sans to guide us into a cellular dance workshop in water. Liquid Cosmos’ is a somatic practice for aquatic bodywork that explores the interconnectedness of the element Water through body awareness and watery embodiment. Invisibledrum created the ritual and sound performance “Beehive Cluster ” specially for this occasion. The event took place at Pirbadet in Trondheim. Earlier in the day we held space for a fire circle gathering and water offering at Korsvika Beach.

The concept of ‘bodies of waters’ refers to the idea that human and non-human bodies are entangled in the movements of Water that create and sustain life in our ecosystems, on micro and macro levels. The movements and rhythms of our bodies take part in wider planetary and cosmic movements too, and they are affected by them. Acknowledging Water as a living organism and a sentient being allows us to explore methodologies for reconnecting with our bodies as cosmic memory, and to the healing force of Water. By bringing our focus to Water, body, memory and temperature we may give birth to new conscious relationships with Body, Earth and Cosmos. 

The Winter Solstice in the Nordic hemisphere is the darkest time of the year, when the sun is still for four days at the farthest distance from the Earth. Coming together immersed in the cellular cosmic dance we join in communion the deep waters. We gather to celebrate this rite of passage preparing for the stillness of the winter and welcoming the first sun of the cosmic wheel. 

Invisibledrum investigates contemporary and interdisciplinary creative approaches to bodies and water that challenge the binaries between the terms  ́natural´ or  ́cultural´ by asking these questions: how does water transcend the individuality of our bodies? How can water bring balance to mind-body experience? On a collective, planetary level,  how can we honor the relationship with water in a more intimate, profound way? 

‘Liquid Cosmos’  + ´Beehive Cluster´. Curated by Invisibledrum. 21.12. 2022. Pirbadet swimming pool. Kunsthall Trondheim. Picture by Nazaré Soares

Beehive Cluster is a libation ritual and sonic invocation, a psychoacoustic space for incubation and gestation in water. The cosmic lullaby is a spatial score translated from the Beehive Cluster´s stars map and performed live. The dreamlike soundscape and performance will occur with the cellular dance guided by Liquid Cosmos ( Marina Sans), and it will invite us to enter a different liquid state of our bodies: our bones marrow, veins, fascias and joints. 

The beehive cluster is an open star cluster in the heart of cancer. The nebulous object name is ‘Praesepe’, it comes from the Latin word meaning “manger” or “cradle.”  In ancient astronomy the beehive cluster was called the Gate of Men or the Northern Gate of Sun,  it was believed that through this cosmic portal the souls descend into the bodies of the newly born. The Beehive Cluster once served as a celestial weather station, and once upon a time the Priestesses of the Water Moon Goddess were called bees. Honey was believed  to come from the cosmos, a hive where bees were the stars.  In old Norse water was the blood of the cosmic entity that was primordial, and in ancient Egypt the great celestial water was described as the eye of Horus or Ra, the goddess Mehet-Weret.  

Photo Montage : Aurélie Chauleur /  Nazaré Soares

Special thanks to Kunsthall Trondheim and Pirbadet. 

Supported by Trondheim Kommune, Norske Billedkunstnere, Sparebank 1.