Toronto’s Luminato Festival

We were honored to be in Toronto presenting the Canadian premiere of Paradisiacal Rites at the prestigious Luminato Festival, June 10-14.

From Luminato’s website: “Paradisiacal Rites is artistic provocateur Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell’s most ambitious piece to date. A non-narrative exploration of American hysteria, nationalistic vanity and utopian fervor, Paradisiacal Rites examines the delirious final moments of The Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, the madness attached to the Charles Manson murder trials, and manic derangement, through an obsessive commitment to the Oscars. It transforms elements of ballet, symphony, opera and installation into hypnotic and visceral performance. Everything and nothing is sacred.”

Paradisiacal Rites was co-commissioned by Luminato Festival (Toronto) and (Krems). It’s creation was also made possible with support from over 150 individuals through our USA Projects Fundraiser.

Saint Genet also thanks Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for a USArtists International travel grant to help support our travel to Luminato.

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Luminato Festival Ancillary Performances

June 10th – 14th

For Luminato’s Paradisiacal Rites premiere, Mr. Mitchell pursued another  series of “action images” at secluded and secret locations in and around Toronto. His site and time specific performance exhibitions known as Variations i, ii, iii, iv, v will began at Dawn (5:36am) and continued with the recreation of Buster Simpson’s Woodman as a 34k procession to Daniel Faria Gallery where Saint Genet exhibited Chris Burden’s SHOOT, alongside the documentation of the recreation of SHOOT and its artifacts Other action images occurred at 4:00pm in the gallery. A final procession led to MOCCA inciting the first actions of Paradisiacal Rites.

These impossible performance exhibitions created dramatic illusions affecting and changing the real history and interpretation of the large-scale experimental opera Paradisiacal Rites. These “Variations” operate and highlight real, dramatic, and historic/poetic time. They are each an exercise of “volitionlessness”; an exploration of the dissolution of ego and the release of consciousness into the structure of the performance/procession. Slowly becoming an image of the ultimate subtraction, the death of the self, which, as it materializes, is refused.

If, as Mitchell posits, by way of Herbert Blau, that the pivotal mechanism of the Theatre is the idea of punishment, whether in comedy or tragedy; that if, indeed, there is an Eternal Return it moves through punishment (the ordeal) like a compulsion dream; then there is a sense that every performance is a trial, the processions/action/images/and ghosts of past performances improvise a history that litters Toronto’s landscape with unnameable deeds, offering up evidence. This complex process allowed the walls of the theatre (MOCCA) to become diaphanous, turning the theatre into a memory place with an ever changing and unrecorded history.

Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell

Saint Genet MMXIII

Saint Genet: MMXIII from Saint Genet on Vimeo.
Saint Genet is proud to present a brief trailer of Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell’s re-creation of Christopher Burden’s Shoot, the 2 hour performance in Pioneer Square Nearly, Nearly Invisible, and Paradisiacal Rites at On the Boards.
Please be on the look out of the extended version produced in partnership with Northwest Film Forum.

A pre-dawn fever dream atop the Fischer Flour Mill

A Film by Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell and Wes Hurley from wes hurley on Vimeo.

This 5-minute short film created with the talented filmmaker Wes Hurley and directed by Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell, was shot in Seattle and features screen appearances by Mitchell, Alan Sutherland, Jessie Smith, Jim Kent, Matt Drews, Darren Dewse, Tom Chapel, Carl Lawrence, Kate Ryan, Lily Nguyen, NKO, Casey Curren and Kyle Gaston. Score by the talented musicians of Saint Genet, Garek Jon Druss & Brian Lawlor and Salo, from their work for our upcoming performance “Paradisaical Rites.”  The film screened on Sunday, March 17 MMXIII.
Film contains content for mature audiences