Watch Black Chapel’s Connect Premiere

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Covid restrictions may have forced a postponement of Black Chapel Collective’s live multimedia event – Connect – but we are thrilled that the collective, led by Steve Mortimer produced a taste of the live show in the form of a 50 minute video which has premiered on YouTube.

Originally Inspired by quantum physics and the idea that we are made of the same elements as everything in the universe Black Chapel set out to explore the theme of connection; raising questions about our relationships to ourselves, each other, nature and the planet through a multi-media performance.

Beginning with ‘The Flame’ which captures the birth of the universe in a story like version of the Big Bang the experience unfolds into a sonic and visual journey which weaves through layers of connection and interdependence. Using sound and video clips coupled with poetry, rap and newly composed tracks we are invited to consider a host of questions ranging from our place in the world to the delicate fragility of the eco-systems we are part of, links between the generations and sustainability as a form of justice.

With Performances from Black Chapel, Sara Mortimer, SafeNathRachel Brooks, KelliMarie Sellwood, D-VoxHelen Connelly, Lula Hemmings, DYB & CeCe Xavier. Visit Hotbox for news on the rescheduled live performance.

Connect is brought to you by Black Chapel Collective and includes:

  • THE FLAME feat Katie Deverell
  • OLDEN feat Ce Ce Xavier
  • WITHIN feat Ce Ce Xavier
  • SO FREE feat Kelli Marie Sellwood
  • BREATHE (such a long long way) feat Rachel Brooks
  • OUTSIDE feat Safe Nath
  • BREATHE (silence is storm) feat Helen Connelly
  • TEMPLE feat Lula Hemmings & Deep Yoga Beats Yoga Movement
  • HIVE feat Sara Mortimer Bass Guitar Steve Mortimer
  • THE SECRET feat Daniela Rhodes
  • DEATH VALLEY SUNSET Lucia Holm (Sunscreem), Ce Ce Xavier & Lula Hemmings

Speech samples, words and references from:

Rupert Sheldrake, Matthew Fox, Katie Deverell, Martin Jeffries, Lynn Excell, Dean Nicholson and Tara Brach

Inspired by interviews with:

Professor David Wilkinson from Durham University – PhDin Astrophysics /Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Author of several books on the relationship between science and religion, and a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4.

Rev Angela Tilby, an author and Anglican priest, who is CanonEmeritus at Christ Church, Oxford . Angela Tilby spent 22 years as a producer within the BBC’s Religious Department and also wrote the highly influential book Soul: God, Self and New Cosmology featuring contributions from leading experts in their field such as Stephen Hawking, Paul Davies, Brian Swimme, Thomas Berry, Matthew Fox. This book was then made into the BBC Series “Soul” – narrated by Dr Anthony Clare (a leading media psychiatrist on Radio and TV).