'Pamamaalam' is made by Filipina artist-healer, Ea Torrado as part of The Future Is Ritual, with support from Ontario Arts Council and Greenhouse Theatre.
The Future is Ritual
This work is dedicated to Nanay Irene Antonia Patolot Ta-asan
KantangSayawRitwal ni Ea Torrado
Cinematography and Editing by Chino Neri
Sound Design by Joee Mejias
October 2021, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
The Future is Ritual is an interdisciplinary digital (based on circumstance, in-person as well) production and presentation of ritual works immersing into the living & liminal questions:
What is the vital role of remembering the inseparability between art and life, the land and the canvas, the seen & unseen, the ancestors & us, the human & beyond-human while creating art in a time of global crisis & transformation?
The Future is Ritual
Through a living online multi-form arts space harnessing the potential of digital technologies to create, present, and foster dialogue between artists, scholars + community members, TFIR brings together multi-disciplinary & intergenerational artists to express our ritualistic relationship to art, earth, spirit, our ancestors, and our communities in honour of the whole ecosystem of ancestral, elemental, communal, and indigenous relations that allow us to create.
The precursor to the Future is Ritual is a prototype of an online altar/ritual space where artists in text, photography, theatre, dance, music, visual arts shared work engaging the question: how can we conjure regenerative online portals of healing in times of Pandemia to offer prayer to ourselves, family, waters, land, front-line workers, farmers, stewards, and kin impacted by increasing state surveillance and violence?
A core intention of TFIR is to activate and illuminate the most holistic spectrum of artistic visions of what generative rituals of future-making look like. TFIR actively invites digital, land-honouring creative work. This includes work that honours the relationship with land, the original stewards of the land, artists' ancestral lands and work that is made consciously on the land.