Connection Art and Healing Rites of Passage

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Connection Art and Healing Rites of Passage

A Jungian perspective on a unique event in contemporary site-specific theatre

A presentation by Marie Makinson

Thursday, October 6, 2011 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

In the essay “Mind and Earth” written in 1927, Jung warns us of the danger of alienation from the chthonic foundations of the psyche: the disconnection from the dark maternal earth. When Australia was colonised, the decimation of Aboriginal culture that expressed a living sacred relationship with the land was wrought by Europeans bearing their own scars of disconnection. In contemporary Australia, perhaps as a result of this history, something of healing and reconnection is beginning to emerge.

On Becoming a Witch is a piece of theatre that was enacted over several nights in the bush in the high country outside of Bathurst NSW. The piece is specific to that country: the traditional land of the Wiradjuri people and was described by a local elder as, “a singing of the country.” It combines theatre, fairytales, myth, poetry, music and visual art to provide a vibrant collective container for renewal and healing. At the same time it expresses a personal process, richly layered, mature and soul honouring, marking a journey from the personal to the transpersonal. It is a “dark night of the soul” story, concerned with shadow and reconnection to self, place and ancestors.

The speaker will talk from the perspective of one who has personal experience of the events and will interpret them from a Jungian perspective. The audience will benefit from having access to the work of the creator of the piece, including powerful visual art works that form textures embedded into the natural environment as well as poetry, original music and images from the performance.

Marie Mackinson lives in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. She trained with GAPS in London, a training that emphasised the interface between Jungian psychology and spirituality. Marie has a private practice in both NSW and Brisbane. She is a regular speaker for the Queensland Jung Society and in this presentation aims in part, to further the recent presentations by Sarah Gibson on fairytales.