Handwashing & Handreading
Since ancient times the bathhouse is known as a meeting place. Bringing spa to theatres and festivals is a wellness performance. In one on one storytelling interactions I would like to bring ones personal mythology to the surface. My proposal is to wash your hands. You can do it yourself, but let me do it for you. I would love to wash your hands. It gives me a perfect reason to touch you and you can allow yourself to be touched. We communicate via the skin. We meet in water. Water is an element that can transform and allows for transformation upon interaction. The word for Aquarius in India is Kumbam. This also is the word for the pot I use to bring my water.
This is a mini meeting place. During the meeting in the intimate mini spa I will invite you into the water, treat your hands with homemade scrub and treat them with nourishing oils after Ive dried them. Before this last step I will have asked you if you want me to tell you what I see when I look at your hands. They show a portrait of you. If you say yes, I will take a minute to observe the lines and patterns. The fingers and the landscape of the palm are named after the protagonists in Roman mythology; Jupiter, Saturn, Apollo, Mercury, etc. In order for these characters to become a protagonist, they undergo a transformation. The way the lines appear in the hand tell about the qualities of these protagonists in your character. If you ask me about it I will tell you about this mythology as I understand it. If you prefer, we communicate in silence.
When I talk about your hands, it is storytelling of a story you already know very well. I look for contradictions, how your pitfalls and your qualities coexist. You are the main character of your story. The patterns in your hand are fixed, the lines change if you alter the patterns of your behaviour. The key to transformation is to recognise patterns. You can direct your play.
If you ask me how I came about this practice, I will reply that I wanted to learn a language I could not possible recognise visually or compare to anything I know. I looked around for classes in cuneiform, the Babylonian clay tablet script. By lack of such a course I stumbled upon palmreading. I'm dealing with a language indeed as it turned out learning since 2015 from Joyce van Nispen.
The well known story clay tablets have carried along is the Gilgamesh Epic. This story tells us about the qualities and pitfalls of Gilgamesh. And it tells us about the way to become immortal. Gilgamesh was challenged to stay awake, so that he would come immortal. He failed, he fell a sleep. As I am telling you this story now, that is the way he became immortal. He became a protagonist.
When our interaction is complete, we thank each other and I will dispose the water with traces of you.