Our extraordinary artist services manager Sasha Tilly wrote on instagram last Sunday, "there should be more early morning theatre. Thanks to @gururach for cleansing my soul."
For the blog today George Fenn takes us through an interview with the Guru...
Dressed in folds of white, the woman closes her eyes as the waiting flesh of the avocado is cleft and the stone exposed. I place the chrome shaker into her outstretch palm. Pink himalayan rock salt falls with her wrists movements. It is my 9th day with Guru Rach.
I had woken at six in the morning on the floor. In accordance with the true way of sleep, demonstrated by Guru Rach yet never discussed, snoozed the alarm. In anticipation for my stay I had arrived at her residence with a canvas tent and a gas cooker.
To my surprise Guru Rach invited my tired mind to rest inside to the carpeted living room. My bedspace decided in the Khandallah flat by the amicable departure of an earlier pilgrim. I dreamt quiet dreams by the kitchenette.
She carries her gown to the balcony as I prepare the aromatic coffee beans peeled from a wrinkled brown bag. Karori Roastery. I dust the exotic imports off with a soft bristled toothbrush as the other disciples carry out their morning tasks; warming water, polishing glasses and milking almonds.
I bring the musing Guru her Flat White, stepping delicately as not to shake porcelain as I step onto the deck. My feet step sheathing the wake of her regularly spaced pacing. I supplant myself in her shadow and look up at her figure haloed in green hills, blue harbour and a light which must surely be the fabled Wellington on a Good Day. She turns to me. For the first time since I was received by her the eyes of the Guru met my own…
The Rites of Guru Rach are a series of communions occurring across different spaces around Wellington. These surprising rituals, lead by the enigmatic Guru Rach unites the congregation in the sacred, the mundane and the ridiculous.
This unpredictable show will be performed by Rachel Baker, founding Member of Binge Culture Collective. A Spiritual Successor to 2016's And Then She Let Herself Go, this show comes from the maker's experiences with in Ashrams in New Zealand and India and evolved into an interactive performance which challenges the role of leaders in spiritual communities.
The Rites of Guru Rach will tour to a variety of different spaces around Wellington over the Fringe, opening and closing the festival with two special Sunday Church time in the BATS Theatre Dome. The performance will adapt to each environment, from Community Hall to Lecture Theatre creating a unique ritual at each location.
You can find out more information here about this theatrical tour of Guru Rach.