03 Aug Mark Wagner
A contemporary Whirling dervish dance performance based on the lore of the ‘hidden stone’ or Philosopher’s stone of Hermeticism and Alchemy. Whirling is considered a potent form of inner Alchemy by the sufis and other mystical traditions, facilitating alignment of body-soul-spirit while creating a powerful ‘communion’ between the practitioner and audience or inner and outer. I will be performing a creative take on whirling to an original (electronic) music score which I will create specially for the conference and with a ritual / ceremony that references Hermeticism and Alchemy.
Mark Wagner is an artist whose work centres on Mysticism. With a devoted fascination for revealing and sharing the worlds hidden and unseen and exploring the intimate connection between the inner and the outer, Wagner embarked on a creative and mystical journey that encompasses music, sound, movement, dance, ritual, magic, writing and illustration. In 2022 Wagner released S☉N OF THE SUN an album based on the Great Work of Alchemy for which he created two videos that both won awards at the First Hermetic Film Festival. He continues to work extensively with sound, frequencies and vibration creating soundtracks for altered states of consciousness, producing pioneering works using cymatics or sympathetic resonance or his revolutionary invention 33Hz Sonic Orgasm, a device that can trigger an orgasm or raise Kundalini energy using only sound. In late 2023 Wagner will be releasing MYSTICISM, a book compiling some of his notes, sketches and illustrations pertaining to his Mystical studies and revelations. For the Occulture conference Wagner will be presenting Occultum Lapidem a ritual-performance based on the spinning dance and inner Alchemy of the whirling dervish and Cymagick a participatory workshop and exploration of cymatics and vibratory phenomena.