Carnem Et Ciclum Dec 1972

Submitted by root on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 18:01

Carnum et Ciclum was created by Leopoldo Maler as an event to celebrate  the original auditorium

Below is the leaflet/poster  which announced the event 


             CARNEM ET CICLUM

                                                      (A MEDIUM RARE EVENT)

                                                By Leopoldo Maler

          Sheepshowing its insides

Leopoldo Maler is a multi media artist. Born in Argentina he came to Britain in 1961 and became involved in the experimental arts scene here after chancing across the London Arts Lab in Drury Lane,

Each of Leopoldo's events involves a juxtaposition of elements from different fields (dance, film, industry, T.V...); and of a variety of objects - dancers on stage with fork lift trucks, acrobats suspen­ded from cranes, film projected onto three dimensional objects |(a hos­pital bed, the window of a crashed car). Machinery, outside its normal working context, takes on a new dimension in his works, the cranes, cars, fork lift trucks all perform movements and functions they would not normally be called on to do, and beyond what many people think they are capable of.

"One does not fly because one has wings.

Wings grow because one has flown. One

does not fly to reach the sky. The sky

is reached because one has been flying"  

Leopoldo Maler                          


Carnem et Ciclum has been specifically created for the Auditorium of Great Georges, It is to be the last event created for the space by a visiting artist.  In January there will be further events for kids and adults to celebrate the remodelling of the Auditorium before we move to other premises,


                                                (CORNER OF DUKE ST. AND BERRY ST.)






The invitation sent out to people was to attend an Extended Luncheon. 

To understand the piece one needs to have a sense of the geography of the old interior. It was on two levels the top being a balcony supported by iron pillars and full of pews and the bottom being pews focused on the pulpit which sat on a raised  platform.  By the time of Carnem and Ciclum we had cleared some of the pews leaving a central space. The picture below gives some idea.

Auditorium as it was

And below is the drawing Leopoldo did when designing the piece.

map of auditorium as drawn by Leopoldo

The show started with the arrival of a van preceded by 12 performers in white coats. Once they arrived at the Blackie the performers then made two lines up to the main entrance - the van was opened - and sheep carcasses were unloaded and moved up the lines into the building.  

 Van arrives preceded by performers in white coats Peformers lines up to the Blackie's main entrance Carcases unloaded from vanUnloading the carcasses

When they reached the entrance they were put onto trolleys and wheeled into the main auditorium.

Carcasses being taken through the dome on trolleys

The audience then took their seats - in the main auditorium there was an overhead track, supported by scaffolding, with sloping conveyer belts each side of it. . 

The set up

The performers hung the carcasses on the  overhead circular track 

Carcase being hung up Perfomers hanging up carcasesCarcases hanging on the track

Once the carcasses were hung the chain track was lit. The performers took their places against the inner lower circle of the stage. The chorus entered and stood each side of the pulpit.

The tape started and lights faded out.  As drum music started  the chain track began to circle against a background of strobe lights. The tape went to silence and the strobes went off. This sequence was repeated 2 more times. Lights faded in slowly and the chain slowed to a stop in darkness.

Lights faded in over screams and simultaneously the chorus stood up and voices were heard over the music. The dancers began to move ending by collapsing by the pulpit. As they collapsed the lights were replaced by a red light focused on the pulpit. Two members of the chorus climbed up into the pulpit and displayed a mincing machine. One returned to his place the other read a text about lambs.

The two garden girls walked from the sides of the pulpit to the stairs, they held scissors, they cut the grass which lined the edge of the platform, and then the flowers they were wearing in their hair. The picture below shows the grass at the side of the platform.

Pic showing grass at edge of platform

The light faded in over the carcasses, the chain track began to  move and the butchers went to their places. The lights over the carcasses faded out. Slides were shown of lambs in fields,

At the end of the slides all lights were switched off. The chain track belt is switched on and moved round under a UV light - above the track is written MEAT EAT AT T. Roller skaters appeared.

Lights faded in, the chorus stood up and taking knives and sharpeners walked slowly down stairs towards the butchers. Over taped music, the chorus introduced the butchers and gave each of them a knife and sharpener.  Over music the butchers sharpened their knives. They begin to cut the carcasses. One butcher spoke explaining his cutting.

Seated butcher at work Seated butcher at work

Members of the chorus walked towards shaped screens which they held vertically - a film was then shown on the screens. The butchers continue cutting. At the end of the film the whole cast helped to move the conveyers across the stage turning them into a long table.  The carcases are removed

Transforming the conveyers into tables

A slide is shown saying 'LUNCH IN A FEW MINUTES' ;  carnival music begins.

Lunch was served.

 Having lunchHaving lunch


Created and Directed : Leopoldo Mahler


Chorus :  Irene Amery,  Alwyn Jones,  Heather Jones,  John Loftus,  Vee Margolis,  Judy Mazonowicz,  Anne Mulheirn,  Paul Nicholas,  Spike Smethwick, Dave Ward, and John Watts

Dancers : Thomas Branch,  Vanda Clark

Speaker : Maria Riollano

Garden Girls : Mary Creedon,  Maria Riollano

Butchers :  Dave Alston,  Dave Calder,  Derek Murray,  Garry Trueman, Paul Westerbury,  Peter Wormell.

Roller Skaters : Al Kelly,  Richard Morgan

Floor Operators : Sue Clark,  Vanda Clark,  Chris Furby

Caterers: Bob Downing,  Chris Mead,  Mary Myatt,  Thomas Branch, Maria Riollano,  Paul Roberts,  Chris Wallace,  Linda Whitehead,          Irene Williams.

The Team:  Dave Alston,  Dave Backhouse,  Judy Bates,  Tom Branch, Martin Brems,  Ronnie Doforo,  Paul Donnelley,  Graham Dorber,  Bob Downing,  Chris Furby,  Mary-Kay Giblin,  Lesley Grinstead,  Wendy Harpe, Bob Hughes,  Alwyn Jones, Heather Jones,  Al Kelly,  Steve Knox,  Vee Margolis,  Al Mazonowicz,  Chris Mead,  Richard Morgan,  Sally Morris, Derek Murray,  Steve Neuman,  Paul Nicholas,  David Prior,  Dave Rickus, Paul Roberts,  Nick Sheehan,  Tom Sheridan,  Spike Smethwick, Howard Steel,  Eddie Tagoe,  Dave Ward,  Frank Weir,  Irene Williams,  J.J. Williams,  Young Volunteers of Merseyside and the International Voluntary Service.

Video By : Ronnie Doforo, Pauline Lee, Sally Morris, Pauline Williams.,

Equipment and Properties Kindly Loaned by :  G. Arnold & Sons (Butchers);  Dave Bassi;  T. Bennetts (Butchers);  Central Cold Storage Co.;  Community Transport;   D.M.R. Engineering Ltd. ;  Dexion Ltd.,;  Steph Dodds;   Everyman Theatre;  Expanded Cinema;  Frank Jones;  Malik Lateef;  The David Lewis Hotel;  Liverpool College of Crafts and Catering;  Liverpool Corporation Social Services Dept.;  Lyons Maid Ltd.;  S.J. McKeown (Butchers);  Modern Kitchen Equipment Ltd.;   W.Pearson (Butcher);  Physics Dept, University of Liverpool;   Quiggins Bros.;   The Students Union, University of Liverpool;  Vaudeville Rolarena (Manchester);  Walker Art Gallery; and Warwick House.