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Heaven & Hell
“Heaven and hell are within us, and all the gods are within us”
- Joseph Campbell


Heaven & Hell is an immersive performance in the form of a recently established secret society with specific membership criteria. In a house of ancient lineage, with rooms and rooms of hand-painted tapestries, a new mythological language is formulated through their rituals. By dint of dead poets and deathless poems, the members explore how they can understand themselves better and by what words they can pronounce – and bring forth – another future.

Heaven & Hell is the second, independent part of Poste Restante's diptych about the form and function of tragedy. The performance takes off from Lévi-Strauss' theories on mythology's function to provide language for experiences that cannot be expressed in any other way. In Heaven & Hell we gather and examine the mythological heritage we turn to in order to understand our existence and how we tell it to ourselves.

The performance was co-produced by Skogen and performed in collaboration with Studio Gathenhielm. It was produced specifically for Gathenhielmska huset, a building that is listed due to its cultural significance, located at Stigbergstorget in Gothenburg. Since 1743 it has, in addition to being a private residence, housed several Societies. In modern times it has mainly been closed to the public.

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Heaven & Hell was performed at Gathenhielmska huset in Gothenburg, the 17th of April - 12th of May, 2019.

Credits
Direction: Linn Hilda Lamberg and Benjamin Quigley
Concept: Linn Hilda Lamberg and Erika Lindahl
Performers: Majula Drammeh, Linn Hilda Lamberg, Erika Lindahl, Benjamin Quigley and Maja Svensson
Dramaturge: Erika Lindahl
Intern: Maja Svensson
Audience host: Daniel Cevér
Photo: Patriez van der Wens
Production: Poste Restante in co-production with Skogen
Coordinator Studio Gathenhielm/Gathenhielmska huset: Isabel Lagos
Thanks to: Wänskapsförbundet and c/o Kollegium

With financial support by Gothenburg City Culture Council (Göteborgs stads kulturförvaltning). Poste Restante's work is supported by the Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet).

Heaven & Hell was the second, independent part of Poste Restante’s diptych about performativity of language and the form and function of mythology. The first part of the diptych, It's a Tragedy, had its première in Stockholm fall 2018.
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