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Murmurings Overnight


Here's how James Joyce explains his novel of the night, "Finnegan's Wake": 'I haven't lived a normal life since 1922, when I began 'Work in Progress'. It demands an enormous amount of concentration. I want to describe the night itself," he said. "Since 1922 my book has become more real to me than reality, and everything has led to it; all other things have been insurmountable difficulties, even the smallest realities such as, for instance, having to shave in the morning. There are, so to say, no individual people in the book – it is as in a dream, the style gliding and unreal as the way it is in dreams." In the book itself, from which we'll have a reading, he also gives this helpful summary: "and look at this prepronominal funferal, engraved and retouched and edgewiped and puddenpadded, very like a whale’s egg farced with pemmican, as were it sentenced to be nuzzled over a full trillion times for ever and a night till his noddle sink or swim by that ideal reader suffering from an ideal insomnia." ------------ I love this idea of day vs night. The place beyond the rational but before the unconscious, the murmuring. As Joyce explained to Max Eastman: “In writing of the night, I really could not, I felt, use words in their ordinary connections . . . that way they do not express how things are in the night, in the different stages – conscious, then semi-conscious, then unconscious. I found that it could not be done with words in their ordinary relations and connections. When morning comes of course everything will be clear again . . . . I’ll give them back their English language. I’m not destroying it for good.” Our host for the night, BK Sanctuary, has an incredible space they're opening from dusk till dawn - an overnight retreat right here in Brooklyn. We've asked the performers to use their soundbaths, movement and songs to bring this transition from day to night to life throughout the many parts of the sanctuary. Proceeds going to the collaborators who make it happen. ------------ Bring a sleeping bag. Bring a swimsuit (there's a sauna). ------------ The night will begin with a cacao ceremony by Kim Ennis at 10pm, and then an extraordinary soundbath meditation by the one and only Run Child Run. Then five acts throughout in and outdoors - as well as plenty of time to get to know one another. ------------ Limited to 35 spots. Your spot includes the cacao ceremony, an hour long Soundbath, four hours of intimate sets for the dancers and musicians exploring this theme. We'll also provide home made food from an Artery chef and beverages. Support: $70, including staying overnight, Early Bird Discount: First 15 spots are half price ($35).

What to expect

We're putting an Artery spin on a sleepover. The intimacy is the atmosphere and the artists are the lightning. We're carefully curating this one to be unforgettable.

Why is this happening?

To bring together thirty people overnight in a beautiful place. Bookend the day and leave room for the night.