november, 2021

01nov22:3002(nov 2)06:00E Belgrano: Vigil (overnight)22:30 - 06:00 (2) The Old PlayhouseEvent type:Presentation


1 (Monday) 22:30 - 2 (Tuesday) 06:00


The Old Playhouse

Event Details

Elisabeth Laasonen Belgrano & Mark D. Price: Ornamentation in the Shadows of Death

The form of the ‘vigil’ may seem strange outside of religious ritual or shows of socio-political solidarity. But to our way of thinking there is a paradoxically ‘urgent need for patience’ in any serious exploration of Death. A different approach is needed. Unlike the didactics of a lecture or conference paper, a research vigil involves remaining awake to other possibilities – awaiting whatever ‘other’ makes itself visible and audible in a dialogue irreducible to ‘active performers’ and a ‘passive audience’. We hope to negotiate with whatever necessary silences, free improvisations, and contrary responses the vigil might generate. Vital encounters can not be planned in advance. In this sense a vigil is the opposite of a ritual. With ritual there a profound over-determination of methods and what is expected as ‘the outcome’. This research is a night- journey and our hope is that the discipline of remaining patient and alert to nuances will allow an exploration of the liminal zones between knowledge and non-knowledge, voyage and destination, with songs and words and silences honoring both life and death. On-line EXPO “VOICES of NOTHINGNESS” (from the Book of Lamentations, set to music by Michel Lambert 1610-1689):

Speakers for this event

  • Dr Elisabeth Laasonen Belgrano

    Dr Elisabeth Laasonen Belgrano

    Dr. Elisabeth Laasonen Belgrano (voice artist/deacon candidate/performance philosopher) allows her performance research to diffract through contemporary vocal studies & 17th century vocal music. She is a recipient of the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society (2005); was awarded a PhD in Performance in Theatre and Music Drama for Performing Nothingness through Operatic Mad Scenes and Lamentations, Univ. of Gothenburg (2011); supervisor and examiner through ‘performative methodologies’; investigating the Art of (Vocal) Ornamentation as an intra-active research tool for measuring Nothingness and the Unknown. Currently on the track of becoming a deacon in the Church of Sweden, practicing pastoral care and existential counselling in palliative care. Dr. Belgrano’s artistic research portfolio:


  • The Revd Dr Mark D Price

    The Revd Dr Mark D Price

    The Rev. Dr. Mark D Price is an independent researcher with interests in aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and political thought. He is a practising poet and musician. 2002 PhD (BIHE, Violence and Value in Post-Kantian Philosophy) 2016 PhD (MMU, Form and Force in Poesis and Apophenia) 2019 Language (ten poems set to music, see Mark D Price on bandcamp). 2017- 2020 Various public lectures for the Lenkiewicz Foundation and related charities.