1967: Nearly 100,000 young people spontaneously swept into San Francisco to change their lives, and try to dust off the old world. It’s the «Summer of Love».
1969: Woodstock - the first mass gathering related to music - was set up. Festivals were born.
50 years later: The situation has become alienated and this idea of the festival as a genuine culture springing spontaneously from the masses, has rather become the ultimate form of the cultural industry, that of the mass, which consumes it passively.
Can we still live a spiritual experience in these new consumerist sanctuaries? Do the individuals in the audience succeed in creating their own subversive experience ?
These questions drove (LA)HORDE throughout the making of this art film. As they scanned the crowd with their cameras, they captured this gigantic gathering as a form of grace. Unexpected suspended moments makes the film oscillate between disenchanted paganism and animal spirituality, jubilation and anxiety, ecstasy and descent, disenchantment and light.
Through this project which combines a film and a performance, (LA)HORDE captures the concrete manifestation of worship that is translated into ritualized practices and performances: slam, mosh pit, cercle, wall of death… The three performers of the film will transfer this choreographic language to the festival fans so that they can in turn embody a mass jubilation. They will together create in situ a mass jubilation such as the ones of festivals, a consumerist mass between vice and grace.