My Greatest Lover, the Greatest Love Letter Home
Harriet Gore’s performance of her Chamber Philosophy on 3rd March 2018
"There are journeys you have to give yourself to, journeys such as these". So chanted the irrepressible and inimitable Harriet Gore as we travelled with her, as pilot and navigator, into an extraordinary world of ideas and poetry, a world of her own unique creation where LOVE reigns supreme.
Although the performance began with Harriet nowhere in sight, her orchestration of this unique voyage started at the “Lovers' Gates”, where we, the voyagers, inscribed on our palms a word selected from a list which, once in the “Love Juice Exhibition”, another voyager copied onto their forehead and discussion of the represented concepts ensued. So it was that “sleep” met “passion”, “scents” met “leisure”, “dreams” met “adventure”.
We were not though alone. The lights were extinguished, and from the “Power House”, Harriet – face and hands only from behind a screen – introduced us to the theme of her show -
And Harriet certainly did share herself. Moving from behind her screen, veiled in ruby silk, she distributed embraces and LOVE letters amongst us all, before leading us through the “Transition Point of Many Lovers” to the “Red Light District”. There, again from behind a screen, she delivered a powerful polemic against the ills of society -
“Prostitution is a business with clients
May we all make LOVE our business and our client
May we all practise LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and never stop LOVING”.
A further juxtaposition followed – this time geographical, but no less effective -
“They said they will be there for me
But when I knocked they were not there”,
but ended with gentle understanding and LOVE, about which Harriet is so passionate:
“Please do not be angry because they were out
Please try to understand that just as you went knocking
So, they themselves went knocking...”.
Words and ideas flowed swiftly and seamlessly, the following striking me forcefully with its perspicacity and exhortatory power:
“Our sole purpose is to create memories in each other
Memories here and there
Consciously and unconsciously
Our individual scent, leaves marks wherever we've been
And whoever we touch
And lives in history, present and future”.
Next came the moment for the audience to assist Harriet into her luminescent wedding gown (last worn, to the day, 11 years earlier), each fastening a button and then reading aloud their own personally delivered Love Letter. So it was that each voyager took a turn at the tiller, becoming steerers of the journey and influencing its course.
A change of mood and tempo saw Harriet deliver her witty yet heart-
s we approached our final destination.
Majestic in her nuptial splendour, in union with the numinous, Harriet revealed her Greatest Love Letter, challenging us with its controversial idea of how the greatest LOVE might be shown by the greatest rejection, and its inspired employment of the Fibonacci sequence as an explanation of why this might be so.
This was a luminous evening of intellectual stimulation and visual delight, of creativity and inventiveness, but most of all of joy and LOVE.