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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

ENDURING AND APPRECIATING AS TERSA AND JOHN WITH NICOLAS

 


ENDURING/APPRECIATING AS SAINT TERESA OF ÁVILA AND SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS: LINDA MARY MONTANO
& NICOLÁS DUMIT ESTÉVEZ AT RESIDENCY 108

WHAT:
Montano and Estévez will live/perform for 14 days at Residency 108 in appreciation of the deep mystical gifts of St. Teresa of Avila & St John of the Cross, two Roman Catholic saints of the 16th century who lived in Spain. To honor these two mystics, Montano and Estévez will read from their books, THE INTERIOR CASTLE, by Teresa of Avila; & THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL, by St John of the Cross. The readings will take place outside, in nature.  They will read softly, and at designated times to be determined once they arrive at the Residency. They will read every day to and for the chickens, sky, birds, flowers, grass, goats, crickets and raccoons and for any other creatures who will listen to them..

WHY: Because at this time we are ALL in need of spiritually intelligent and advanced mentors to guide us through the perilousness of our own political/personal lives, we are intending that the information we read will teach us humility/compassion and the animals and nature will be adjunct teachers to us as well!

VOWS:
1. As artists, Montano and Estévez will honor the lives of these two  saints and will "endure" via a daily time component by performing for 14 days.
2. We also will add the vow of keeping silence with each other except for absolutely necessary talking for the time there.
3. We will eat simply, in keeping with the Discalced Carmelite vow of simplicity. 
The vows we are taking allow for focus, mindfulness and self-purification, which are the goals of this healing performance.

VISUALS: Montano and Estévez will wear dignified clothes which are symbolic of their spiritual purpose. We will sit on chairs as we read, walk slowly when out in nature so we can not only demonstrate inner equanimity but train ourselves in that virtue as well.
All of the elements are kept  extremely simple and disciplined out of respect  for the saints we are honoring and the creatures of nature we are studying/collaborating with.

In Art=Life=Love

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