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Distorted Constellations - Haitian Ritual Dance Workshop

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Enter an Afrofuturist, mythical landscape that explores what it’s like to see the world through someone else’s eyes.

Haitian Ritual Dance Workshop

Nwando has explored Haitian Vodou dance as part of her extended research for Distorted Constellations - using ritual training and certain techniques; actions, songs and ritual structures to see if they could alter the consciousness of the performer.

Join us for an energetic Caribbean dance workshop delving into the soothing and powerful movements of Haitian Vodou. In Haiti, dance symbolises the cohesion between the elements, between this world and what lies beyond. Experienced teacher Karine Label will lead us from flowing, undulating movements for purification, to fiery rhythmic movements for empowerment and revolution. The work will connect inner and outer worlds, invoke intimacy and ecstatic release, all with the aim of balancing the self and the group.

Haitian Vodou is one of a set of interrelated Afro diasporic religions, carried from West Africa by people enslaved and stolen to the Americas. It developed there to such a powerful extent that it is credited as being instrumental in the only successful black revolution by enslaved peoples. Vodou literally means ‘spirit’ (similar to the holy spirit of Christianity). And it is more a spiritual practice than a religion, giving a set of tools to the adherent rather than a book of dogma. It is an ancestral practice, passed down through families and communities.

Please bring clothes suitable for movement. We will work barefoot. Please notify us in advance of any accessibility needs.

Distorted Constellations

Distorted Constellations is an exhibition that uses sound, projections and holograms to immerse the audience in the imagined landscape of the artist’s brain. The work is inspired by Ebizie’s rare neurological disorder Visual Snow*, which causes visual distortions such as flickering dots, auras and glowing lines. The audience will experience a mythical version of the disorder, entering an alternate Afrofuturist (a black perspective on the politics and culture of science fiction and technology) reality, inspired by research into the neuroscience of perception and drawing on rituals of African origin.

In the exhibition, partitions, screens and threads will create a labyrinth through the space, with walls doubling up as screens where holograms and videos are projected. These architectural elements will guide the audience through the space, and create the experience of Visual Snow.

Distorted Constellations​ is an interdisciplinary exhibition that combines art and science, and aims to increase our understanding of rare neurological disorders and the subjective nature of sense perception. It is part of a 3-year research period for Ebizie in collaboration with neuroscientists, immersive technologists and artists.

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Distorted Constellations consists of a reception area, and two rooms. The rooms are called Install environment and Sensory Antechamber.

All spaces are wheelchair accessible. The install is accessible via a lift.

Sensory antechamber

During Distorted Constellations one of our ground floor spaces will be transformed into a sensory antechamber, designed to complement the main installation. Feel free to spend time there before or after visiting the installation. The sensory space has been designed with the needs of neurodivergent people, including autistic people, in mind.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances and public science experiments.

*Visual Snow is a little known, often debilitating condition suffered by people the world over. The artist is supporting Visual Snow Initiative raising money to fund research into finding a cure. For more information on Visual Snow go to: Visual Snow initiative / Visual Snow Foundation



Distorted Constellations is co-presented by Lighthouse and Brighton Festival, with support from Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Distorted Constellations was originally commissioned by Eclipse and HOME as part of Slate: Black. Arts. World. Funded by Wellcome Trust and Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists with funding support from Arts Council England.

Supported by the South West Creative Technology Network


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