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Ritual Laboratory     

12 Labours of Herakles 

Embodying myth
with sound, movement,
and symbolic divisions
of space.


Labours of Herakles

03 . 2019 - 03 . 2020 

Ritual: a technology to transform consciousness.

Join us for a series of participatory rituals, based on the 12 mythic Labours of Herakles. Forming part of an ongoing research and development project, considering the relationship between sound and movement performance, and altered states of consciousness.

The embodiment of each myth functions as an interface, to construct the components of ritual form, and to explore the subjective impact of

..trance inducing use of sound, movement, and symbolic narrative.

Each Labour of Herakles functions as narrative score, catalysing a dialogue between musicians and performers, facilitating an immersive experience of the myth.

These 12 Labours share significant parallels with the astronomical movement of the Sun, projected through the symbolism of the zodiacal constellations in a calendar year. 

Each session of the laboratory focuses on exploring and  balancing a sequential zodiacal energy. We begin with Aries - The Head (Thoughts), and work down to Pisces - The Feet (Deeds), utilising a variety of techniques that function as rites of passage. 

Harnessing the potential of consciously directed performance trance, to enable positive change on both an individual and collective level.


Nicole Bettencourt Coelho - sound. research.
(musician / hypnotist / sound therapist)

Antonio de la F
e - movement.
(dancer / choreographer / performer)

Sim Gray - movement.
Christian Duka - sound.
Martina Saorin - sound.
Jack Clearwater Clark - movement.
Lily Lesser - movement.
Valeria Radchenko - sound.
Callum Murphy - movement.

Previous Contributors:

Alice Deville - sound.
CYAN Assiter-Clark - movement.
Sophia Pettit - movement.
Rory Keys - movement, astrology.
Simone Campa - sound.
Vicky O’Neon - sound.
Ben Ashton - lighting.
Matthew Christensen - sound.

Mario Benedetti - incense.


An experimental laboratory of 12 events. No prior knowledge required. Everyone welcome!

We will begin each session by discussing the myth and it’s astrological symbolism.

Secondly we will share the structure of the ritual, and how the Labour will play out.

Lastly we will perform the myth together, and gather for feedback afterwards.

Instrumentation will vary, as we explore the intersection of traditional trance instruments and contemporary production tools.


001 -  13 March 
002 - 23 April  
003 - 28 May 
004 - 25 June
005 - 31 July  

006 - 30 August
007 - 13 October
008   17 November
009   15 December
010    17 January
011     17 February
012    19 March

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001. The Mares of Diomedes

              The First Gate opens. On many levels besides the first. Diomedes - descendant of Mars - has allowed carniverous horses to run rampant among the land and the people of the Earth. On another plane, Herakles - the ‘Glory of Hera’ - learns to control the first impulse. Starting with The Head? The Mind? Directive of The Thoughts.

              Aries. The First Labour. 

002. The
Sacred Bull

            The Second Gate opens. On many levels besides the first. Minos - of labyrinthian fame - wishes for the sacrifice of the Bull. On another plane Herakles, illuminated by the light of the Sacred Bull, directs it back to the keep of the Cyclops at the Temple. From the Mind to our Senses, Impulse is followed by Desire and in this Labour we transmute Desire into Devotion. Exploring the theme of ‘Illumination’. Guiding the feeling nature to allow the Light in.

            Taurus. The Second Labour.

003. The Golden Apples

              The Third Gate opens. On many levels besides the first. The 3 Golden Apples grow on a Hallowed Tree, guarded by a Dragon and tended by the Fates. The Labour is winding, multifaceted - a thesis in 5 parts. Learning to navigate through the voices of true Messengers and false Teachers we move on to Wrestle with the Serpent. En route to the crux, the journey is interrupted by an encounter with Prometheus - restrained and tormented by vultures on a rock. Breaking these chains we press on. This selfless act for another reveals the path to the Tree. Finally, Herakles holds the world for Atlas as they defeat the Dragon and retrieve the apples, lovingly, on their behalf. Through these applied act of Service, both are liberated.

            Gemini. The Third Labour.