Pompe, Pompe, Pompe with Galitzine Mackenzie in the spirit of Dionysus!
A tragic-comic canal procession of art performances and music from Regents Park to a remarkable crypt underneath Saint Mary Magdalene Church.
Be a part of Pompe – the name given to the processional element of the events practiced by the cult of Dionysus. Together we will celebrate the spirit of Art and using fleeting nature of performances mock the domineering commercialism in the art world represented by Frieze Art Fair.
The site of Frieze will be the departure point for the canal boat ‘Dazzler’ captained by a canal resident Robert Salomon.
Pompe will encounter performances by young artists, musicians and dancers on bridges and tow paths referencing and including members of the local community and landmarks.
For Pompe Dionysus is present in his role as the great liberator from the self-conscious; his wine, music and dance frees his followers and subverts the oppressive restraints of the powerful. He is the protector of those who do not belong to conventional society and symbolises the chaotic, dangerous and unexpected acting as a perfect
rebel figure. Thus, Pompe aims to reinforce the power of contemporary art and help liberate it from subservience to commercial forces and government stipulations.
Neil Luck & Adam de la Cour, Zoe Marden, STASIS, Imogen Lloyd, James St Findlay & Harvey Lancaster Rous, Well Suited, Guilded Music and Eloise Lawson.
St Mary Magdalene Church in Paddington
Pompe is made possible thanks to the support of St Mary Magdalene Church.
The church, together with Paddington Development Trust, is raising funds to create a community and heritage hub as well as support restoration of the church building.
It is a Grade 1 listed church and is recognised as an outstanding example of Neo-Gothic architecture. This Development Project aims to transform the building into a heritage, community, culture and arts hub in order to enrich, regenerate and bring greater cultural cohesion to the local area.