The lineup of artists, entertainment and presentations for Esoteric Book Conference 2014, to be held on Sept 6th & 7th in Seattle, has been announced, and you may want to check those out, including Richard Kaczynski’s presentation “Breaking down the Temple Door: Aleister Crowley’s Reinvention of Ceremonial Magick through the Rites of Eleusis”.
“Curious about the Golden Dawn? Interested in the roots of modern ceremonial magick? In this lecture we will examine the seven initiation rituals of the Golden Dawn system of initiation to provide a general overview of this powerful and influential magical tradition.” [via]
“We at Eleusyve Productions are currently working on our 5th full length rock opera based upon the seven planetary theatrical rituals that comprise Aleister Crowley’s Rites of Eleusis. The Rite of Mars, our current project, will be staged September 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th and 13th in Seattle, WA, and with ample support we will stage additional performances in Portland and Spokane.
Many of you have supported us in the past, for which we are extremely grateful. We are pleased to announce that this time Eleusyve Productions is under the fiscal sponsorship of Shunpike, and as such your gifts are tax deductible.
Donations totaling $4900.00 will allow us to perform The Rite of Mars in Seattle.
With an additional $1800.00 we will have enough to stage the Rite in Spokane, WA.
An additional $2300.00 beyond that will cover the presentation in Portland, OR.
The money we collect through Indiegogo will be used to cover the cost of rehearsal space, theater rental, insurance, sets, props, costumes and advertising for the production.
These stage performances are recorded and edited for DVD and released to the public as part of our ongoing effort at Eleusyve Productions to make Aleister Crowley’s Rites of Eleusis more accessible to a broader audience. To this end, we use music, light, dance, and drama to enhance the poetry and symmetry of the original works.
Watch scenes from The Rite of Sol, The Rite of Mercury, The Rite of Venus and The Rite of Luna on YouTube.
For more information about Eleusyve Productions please visit our website, or enjoy these reviews of our past productions of The Rite of Venus and The Rite of Mercury.
You can also help fund our projects by purchasing copies of previous sound tracks and DVDs from Eleusyve!” [via]
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Eleusyve Productions is proud to announce the release of the fourth in its series of feature length musical adaptations of The Rites of Eleusis written by Aleister Crowley, the most important figure in the Western Occult Revival over the last 100 years. Eleusyve Productions is a theater group of actors, dancers and musicians based in Seattle, Washington, whose primary current purpose is the presentation of the seven plays comprising Aleister Crowley’s Rites of Eleusis (originally presented as a series in London in 1910) as modern musical theater pieces, using music, light, dance and drama to enhance the poetry and symmetry of the original works.
Aleister Crowley drew upon his deep knowledge of classical Greek arts and culture to produce these seven works (each centered upon one of the seven planets of antiquity) and intended them as a vehicle to entertain, instruct and to generate interest in the A∴A∴, his magickal teaching order. More than a century later, interest in Crowley’s occult knowledge and methods continues to grow, and the renewal of the Rites of Eleusis; their reworking in a modern rock opera format, staging and release on DVD and soundtrack CDs; has successfully brought these entertaining occult works into the 21st century.
Story synopsis: The Rite of Sol: a scene of post-conflict bliss is emerging following The Rite of Mars; a proud but precarious Utopia. Like a shadow cast by the brilliance of the Sun, however, something unseen moves beneath the glittering façade, haunting the devotees of the silent, ever-shining God.
Once again, the Rite of Sol features an outstanding cast of Seattle performers and musicians, including featured solos by Sunnie Larsen, with music composed by Jon Sewell and Melissa Holm. More information about all the completed Rites of Eleusis, with audio and video samples and purchase information available at the Eleusyve Productions website. We are very excited to present The Rite of Sol, a culmination of several years work, and the latest in an outstanding series.
Love is the law, love under will.
“We are pleased to announce the dates for the 5th annual Esoteric Book Conference which will be held in Seattle 14th & 15th September 2013.
Proposal for the 5th annual EBC are now being accepted.
The deadline for proposals is end of day January 31st, 2013.
Speakers are encouraged to submit talks touching on historical or contemporary esoteric subjects. As the specific focus of the EBC is on Esoteric Books, presentations that relate to esoteric book[s] in particular or coincide with a new or recent release are given preference in determining the line up of guest speakers. We are after presentations as opposed to practical workshop submissions. Talks should be 45 – 60 minutes in length including time for questions. A short abstract describing the talk and its title should accompany your contact information.
The conference features an Art Show each year and artists are encouraged to submit art related to the esoteric field. In addition to the showcases artists, whose work is shown in a gallery format, the conference also features a selection of fine art prints by other esoteric artists.
The EBC also accepts proposals for book signings and new book launches.
Performance Art submissions are being accepted for the Saturday night evening entertainment portion of the conference. We are seeking proposals from ritual artists through various performance mediums. Performance artists are encouraged to submit a proposal that outlines what they intend to perform at the conference specifically. Please include any photos and samples of music, performance, or art that is relevant to your proposal. PLEASE NOTE: It is preferred that if sending a proposal for a ritual performance piece, that you include a video showing an excerpt of you or your group doing a performance with that intent.” [via]
You may also be interested in pictures from Esoteric Book Conference 2012 that were recently posted as well.
Honoring the Lwa – A Show of Sacred Vodou Vessels is gallery showing for work by Denny Sargent from Oct 19th – Nov 13th, 2012 at Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle, WA. There will be an opening night event on Fri, Oct 19th from 6pm – 9pm, where additional artists will also be showing.
“A show of Creramic Voudou Pots honoring the Lwa – by Denny Sargent. Other artists will also be showing art of a similar theme! One third of money raised from sales will go to Haitian relief NGOs. Come & Honor the Lwa & have some wine and cheese & great conversations!” [via]
The folks at Eleusyve Productions are trying again to kickstart The Rite of Sol, one of Aleister Crowley’s Rites of Eleusis. You can check out links to several of the previous productions on DVD on the Rites of Eleusis page at the library, and you can gander at several videos they’ve put online but you should consider heading over to help get the next production going.
“We at Eleusyve Productions are currently working on our 4th full length rock opera based upon the seven planetary theatrical rituals that comprise Aleister Crowley’s Rites of Eleusis. The Rite of Sol, our current project, will be stage over several days in Seattle WA, with additional promotional performances else-where as our schedule and finances permit.
For those of you who are playing along at home, this is our second attempt to get funding for this project. Sadly, we did not reach our first goal. We’ve decreased the amount of funding we’re going to need, as we’re going to have to move to a smaller venue.
The money we collect through Kickstarter will be used to cover the cost of theater rental, insurance, sets, props and costumes for the production.” [via]