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Ticún Brasil presents Captured by the Spirit: Reflections on Trance Experience, hosted by Alex Minkin

Steve Dalachinsky, poetry | Aaron Novik, clarinet | Vincent Moon, films | Asmaa Guedira, words | Konstantine Lunarine, photography

Suggested admission $10

Collective exploration and reflection on the Experience of Trance

Wikipedia defines Trance as “a half-conscious state characterized by an absence of response to external stimuli, typically as induced by hypnosis or entered by a medium.”

But Trance is much more than this. One can navigate Trance through many paths. Music, Poetry, Dance, Sex, Hypnosis, Spirituality, and many more. And Brazil is THE country where all are expressed in the most intense and diverse ways. 

We will screen world premiere of two short films of Vincent Moon, part of HÍBRIDOS, his trans-cinema project exploring new forms of spirituality in Brazil:

• ANO NOVO LUMIAR • 23 min

Asmaa Guedira, Moroccan - French gender advocate and freedom evangelist, will perform poetic self reflections on her spirit possession experience in Brazilian Umbandaime temple featured in the films.


Performance by New York jazz poet Steve Dalachinsky with Aaron Novik, avant-klez clarinetist from San Francisco. The set will feature automatic writing and medium poetry of Fernando Pessoa, contemporary Brazilian surrealist poets (Nelson Ascher, Leonora de Barros, Paulo Leminsky) and Steve Dalachinsky own poetry set to improvised clarinet music.

Come with your curious mind and open heart. We are looking forward to exploring this experience with you!

Poet Steve Dalachinsky occupies a unique place in the jazz firmament. Actually, he occupies several places: he writes poetry inspired by jazz, he performs and records with jazz musicians and he has supplied liner notes for numerous artists including multi-intrumentalist Anthony Braxton, drummer Rashied Ali and pianist Matthew Shipp.

American composer, clarinetist and bandleader based in San Francisco. Novik's album Secrets of Secrets was released on John Zorn's Tzadik Records as part of the Radical Jewish Culture Series and was hailed by The Jewish Week as "richly textured and eclectic avant-klez" for its use of the 13th century sacred Kabbalah texts of Rabbi Eleazar of Worms.

Being part of a "new generation of film-makers" for the Cinemathèque Française, and born in the digital and internet age, Vincent was the main director of the 'Take Away Shows' of La Blogothèque. The online project of music films on indie-rock band and other famous musicians, like R.E.M, Tom Jones or Arcade Fire, revolutionized the concept of music video and the way to film music in the entire world. In Brazil, he worked with artists like Gaby Amarantos, Tom Zé, Elza Soares or Ney Matogrosso. Since 2009, Moon dedicates himself to his nomadic label, Collection Petites Planètes.

Asmaa is a gender advocate and freedom evangelist. Moroccan by birth, European by adoption, nomad by philosophy and lifestyle exploring the links between gender, digital feminism, the new economy and creative communities through her Hyper-Gender project, especially in countries like hers where women and sexuality are oppressed.

French photographer Konstantin Lunarine has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar and received praise for a solo show at The SoHo Building in New York City. Currently lives in Paris, where nightlife and classicism are the dominant notes in his art. []

ALEX MINKIN (intro) 
Alex is an independent scholar and social activist, founder of Ticún Brasil (, an innovative social justice NGO that implements educational, social and art projects in Rio de Janeiro, as well as organizes Brazilian cultural events in New York since 2008. He has lectured at Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, Mid Manhattan and Queens Libraries as well as published articles on Brazilian culture in Jewish Currents and Sounds and Colours. 

Event photo: Konstantin Lunarine