Marisa Carnesky’s latest large scale theatrical extravaganza is an interactive tarot experience with installations, skate routines and a live score from Rasp Thorne and the Briars…
Carnesky’s Tarot Drome is a two-hour large-scale promenade and stage show where surreal living installations, a live art-rock band and highly charged roller-skating routines take you on a journey through the tarot pack. The audience interact with living tarot cards in order to obtain a dynamic personal card reading.
This immersive show has taken place in the Faraway Forest at Latitude 2013 and in the disused railway arches of the Old Vic Tunnnels in 2012. It is suitable for greenfield sites, galleries, theatres and site-specific spaces. Its next showing is to be at the Renaissance Rooms, a roller disco in Vauxhall, London.
A dreamlike journey, Carnesky’s Tarot Drome takes you through giant penny arcades where slot machines and laughing policemen have been replaced by life-size tarot characterisations. An esoteric end-of-the-pier tarot reading brought to life in a surreal, disorientating spectacle. Choose your ‘cards’, engage with their rituals, marvel at their mystifying beauty, root for them as they roller-skate through this extraordinary montage of live art, music, symbolism and performance.
Up to 26 performers from a variety of disciplines have now worked on Carnesky’s Tarot Drome. Opening with a cast of 15 radical performance artists from the UK, Slovenia and the US – including wrestling stars, a television tarot reader and a live art-rock band – it now tours either with a minimum core cast of ten (each member taking on at least 2 characters), or with a cast of up to 26 (with separate performers playing each card).
Marisa and her artistic team work together with each performer to channel a card from the major arcana, creating a series of spectacular interactive installations that use death-defying physical feats, arresting drama and original artworks.
Carnesky’s Tarot Drome invites and enables us to embrace agency and change. Just pick a card
— Time Out London
The high priestess of circus wonders comes up trumps
— Times Higher Education
A self-consciously surreal circus
— Libby Purves, The Times
Critics’ choice — Time Out London
It was everything and more, a very special and creative show… I loved watching the audience engage and become spellbound.
— Tania Harrison, Latitude arts curator
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