Army of Lovers & Sacred Bands, 2018/19
Art Night, London, UK
Castello di Potentino, Seggiano, Italy
Two-channel video projection & live performances (18’ & 27')
Sacred Bands is an essay film combined with a contemporary opera and classical composition, inspired by Plutarch’s account of the ‘Sacred Band of Thebes’, the greatest army of the ancient world comprised of 150 pairs of male lovers.
An immersive moving image projection is presented, using archival footage of wars spanning the last century, from across the world, incorporating original music by Mark Springer, with text by David Flusfeder. The work shows solidarity with the unwitting subjects of war, and a critique of patriarchal violence: reconsidering notions of masculinity, institutional homoeroticism, glory, and death. The work combines ancient and modern stylistic modes to connect the archetypal story to contemporary politics, with an implicit critique of modern war-making. Love is shown as a radical affront to the violent context of geo and national politics.
The stage production, on which Sacred Bands is based, was developed as part of a production at Castello di Potentino called Army of Lovers, developed and produced by Charlotte Horton in 2018.
Supported by Castello di Potentino and Art Night